Art, Life, and Nature in Japan

Art, Life, and Nature in Japan

Art, Life, and Nature in Japan

Art, Life, and Nature in Japan

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This book is based on a series of popular lectures given at the Fogg Museum of Harvard University years ago. It had been left unfinished, with the thought of later adding a chapter on contemporary life and art in Japan. But the author, living in the midst of changes and commotion, has found it difficult to obtain a proper perspective on the situation. Now, accepting the kind offer of the Japan Society of New York to publish this volume for the commemoration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, the author ventures to offer it, slightly modified, to the public, with a short statement on the changing situation, together with a chapter on decadent sentimentalism.

When one lives in Tokyo and observes the changes, both physical and moral, that have taken place, one feels that old Japan has gone; but when a city like Kyoto, or some rural district, is visited, the changes seem rather super-

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