The Lure of Japan

The Lure of Japan

The Lure of Japan

The Lure of Japan

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The revision of Mr. Akimoto's book has been a pleasure, not a task. This is because his presentation of Japan to his readers is so different from much that others have written about her.

Mr. Akimoto is concerned neither with hiding Japan's blemishes nor with boosting her virtues. He has no axe to grind. Consequently, he presents his country as he knows her--and few know Japan better.

The author is moreover specially familiar with certain features of Japan's life today. This is because he is still young, has traveled and mixed with men. He therefore cannot fail to interest either those who intend to come to Japan for social studies or the less fortunate who must study her from abroad. Here his readers will be grateful to Mr. Akimoto, since so many who write to attract visitors to various countries seem to believe that the traveler and student today are interested in little more than flowers and photographs, parks and picnics. But the average tourist today, while rejoicing in flowers, believes in the more rational doctrine of "hana yori dango," which the author explains on page 203. This is, crudely, the belief that man cannot live by flowers . . .

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