Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan

Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan

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Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan

Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan

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(SECOND SERIES.)

I. JIZ1Ō

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I HAVE passed another day in wandering among the temples, both Shintō and Buddhist. I have seen many curious things; but I have not yet seen the face of the Buddha.

Repeatedly, after long wearisome climbing of stone steps, and passing under gates full of gargoyles, -- heads of elephants and heads of lions, -- and entering shoeless into scented twilight, into enchanted gardens of golden lotus-flowers of paper, and there waiting for my eyes to become habituated to the dimness, I have looked in vain for images. Only an opulent glimmering confusion of things half-seen, -- vague altar-splendours created by gilded bronzes twisted into riddles, by vessels of indescribable shape, by enigmatic texts of gold, by mysterious glittering pendent things, -- all framing in only a shrine with doors fast closed.

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