Image from page 194 of “The Far East and the new America; a picturesque and historic account of these lands and peoples, with the following special articles: China” (1901)
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Title: The Far East and the new America; a picturesque and historic account of these lands and peoples, with the following special articles: China
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Authors: Browne, George Waldo, 1851-1930
Publisher: Boston : D. Estes
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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h as seventy-five dollars, so that the ladys whole outfit, to say noth-ing of the jewelry and trinkets she may wear, often costs two hundreddollars. But the Japanese husband is seldom opposed to this outlay, asthe true gentleman is anxious his wife should be well dressed, even if hegoes shabby himself. In the matter of dressing her hair, the Japanese woman takes especialcare and pride, a professional hair-dresser being employed and two hourstaken in which to perform the task. In holding the large mass of coilsand knots in position, large metal pins with coral head-pieces are commonlyused. The hair is loaded with oil and bandoline, to hold it in place, andon account of the amount of work required to dress it, is not taken downbut once a Week. For this reason the sleeping-block of curved wood,shaped to fit the neck, is used at night for a pillow. The children are not subject to any strict rule as to being covered, butwhen thev are considered old enoueh to leave nuditv behind with tlieir
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JAPAN. 359 childhood, they don garments after the plan of their parents. Needle.s.sto say, these are accepted under protest. The Japanese consider it no disgrace that their ancestors lived on theplainest of fare, earned at tlie cost of extreme hard lahonr. so tliey maketheir presents to theirfriends accompaniedby a symbol of sea-weed and dried fish,whicli was the greatstaple food of theirforefathers. It is thisfrugality which hasenabled the race torise slowly from theplane of poverty tothe present height ofcomparative prosper-ity. It is also thissame simplicity in themanner of livingwhich has kept theirbodies so free fromthe common ills ofthe ilesh to whichother races are prone.No meal is served inJapan, w i t h o u t acourse of rice at itsconclusion, or if served without, it is not considered complete. This cereal is tliusthe one great aiticle of diet throughout tlie empire. Whatever elseis eaten is accepted as so much to prepare the way for rice. This neednot be taken to mean that a
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