The Art of Japan

The Art of Japan

The Art of Japan

The Art of Japan

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It is not the purpose of the Japan Society to present its members with a formal history of Japanese art or even a formal essay, technical and burdened with names; the Committee having the matter in charge desires merely a brief statement of what the art of Japan has been and is, a simple description of its distinctive gifts of beauty to the world.

In Paris a group of distinguished men, fast aging now, many of whom have been known as authorities on the arts of other lands, have dined together on one evening of each month for over forty years, and after dinner the bare, almost squalid room of the café where these "Friends of Japanese Art" are wont to meet, is transformed as out of packages and pockets emerge objects which have brought to their finders that release from the prisoning troubles of life which is the gift of art--objects that are passed down the long table as reverently and lovingly as they would have been handled above the clean straw mats of a . . .

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