China and the Allies - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXXVI

The Japanese soldier--His dignified demeanour--His artistic taste--Delicate touch--Appreciation of Art--Watches for preference.

THE Japanese soldier in many respects resembled the British, but was more reserved, and less anxious to be everybody's friend. The innocent and frank simplicity of the Briton was replaced in the Oriental by a more graceful, yet a stolid and dignified demeanour. But at heart both were alike, both dare-devils, yet gentle enough if treated the right way. The point where a marked difference lay between the two was in the true and keen artistic sense of the beautiful inborn in the sons of the Mikado's Empire, and altogether absent in the British Tommy. All that was ancient, refined in line and taste, or pleasing to the eye in colour, had for a Japanese more fascination than anything of ten times its intrinsic value. In other words, an old cup, a bowl, a rolled-up painting yellow with age, a scroll done with a dash of the brush, offered more temptation to the Japanese than a costly roll of silk, for which he would not seem to care at all. I went into a house which had been entered by a number of Japanese privates. They had found a cabinet of old china, and each soldier was revolving in his supple fingers a cup or a vase or dish, and carefully examining the design.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations xxiii
  • Chapter I 1
  • Chapter II 7
  • Chapter III 15
  • Chapter IV 21
  • Chapter V 26
  • Chapter VI 32
  • Chapter VII 37
  • Chapter VIII 44
  • Chapter IX 49
  • Chapter X 54
  • Chapter XI 59
  • Chapter XII 63
  • Chapter XIII 67
  • Chapter XIV 72
  • Chapter XV 77
  • Chapter XVI 81
  • Chapter XVII 85
  • Chapter XVIII 92
  • Chapter XIX 96
  • Chapter XX 102
  • Chapter XXI 107
  • Chapter XXIII 118
  • Chapter XXIV 122
  • Chapter XXV 129
  • Chapter XXVI 134
  • Chapter XXVII 141
  • Chapter XXVIII 146
  • Chapter XXIX 152
  • Chapter XXX 156
  • Chapter XXXII 167
  • Chapter XXXIII 174
  • Chapter XXXV 189
  • Chapter XXXVI 196
  • Chapter XXXVII 200
  • Chapter XXXVIII 206
  • Chapter Xxxix 211
  • Chapter XL 216
  • Chapter XLI 221
  • Chapter XLII 225
  • Chapter XLIII 235
  • Chapter XLIV 240
  • Chapter XLV 246
  • Chapter XLVI 250
  • Chapter XLVII 255
  • Chapter XLVIII 259
  • Chapter Xlix 265
  • Chapter L 269
  • Chapter LI 273
  • Chapter Liv 287
  • Chapter LV 293
  • Chapter LVI 298
  • Chapter LVII 302
  • Chapter LVIII 308
  • Chapter LIX 312
  • Chapter LX 319
  • Chapter LXI 325
  • Chapter LXII 334
  • Chapter LXIV 347
  • Chapter LXV 354
  • Chapter LXVI 364
  • Chapter LXVII 371
  • Chapter LXVIII 377
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