THE JAPANESE COSTUME.

BY N. KANDA.

It is not uncommon for both nobility and peasantry in Japan to walk in the street without wearing anything on their heads, while the Europeans wear hats or caps out of doors. But, in the summer, when the sun is very hot, only the men wear large rounded hats about a foot and a half in diameter, to protect their faces from being burnt by the sun. And the women carry parasols which are always made of paper, and often men carry them too. They have two kinds of umbrellas, one for protecting them from the hot sun in the summer, and the other for the rainy weather, called an "amagasa," which is also made of paper, and afterwards spread over with a certain oil, and dried. In the cold winter days, the men and women wear almost the same kind of covering over their heads. They are sometimes made of soft crape and sometimes of camlet, and are made in different styles. But one of them I will explain. This is made in the shape of a Shaker-bonnet, only not so stiff, and it has a little longer cape. Now, I will describe how the men dress their hair as well as I can. It is a good deal longer and coarser than that of the European.

They keep it long, for they want to arrange it, and coarse, because they shave their fine hair in childhood. The hair of the men is generally arranged by a barber once in two days, with a quantity of hair-oil, and so they don't comb their hair every morning. It is almost of equal length, and is tied or arranged in an indescribable manner, and it is commonly shaved off the width of two inches from the forehead to the

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  • Preface. I
  • Part I. the Japanese Embassy. 5
  • Part Ii. the Japanese Students. 55
  • Part Ii. the Japanese Students. 67
  • The Chinese Ambassador in France. 72
  • Co-Education of Boys and Girls. 79
  • Oriental Civilization. 82
  • History of Japan. 86
  • Christianity in Japan. 91
  • The Strength and the Weakness of Republics. 94
  • The Japanese Costume. 100
  • A Father's Letter. 103
  • The Memorable Year. 108
  • George Washington. 114
  • Public and Private Schools. 117
  • Christmas. 124
  • Japanese Poetry. 127
  • Part Iii. Life and Resources in America. 137
  • Introdudtion. 139
  • Official and Political Life. 143
  • Life Among the Farmers and Planters. 159
  • Commercial Life and Developments. 186
  • Life Among the Mechanics. 203
  • Religious Life and Institutions. 215
  • Life in the Factories. 246
  • Educational Life and Institutions. 265
  • Literary, Artistic, and Scientific Life. 282
  • Life Among the Miners. 301
  • Life in the Army and Navy. 312
  • Life in the Leading Cities. 322
  • Frontier Life and Developments. 337
  • Judicial Life. 344
  • Additional Notes. 351
  • Appendix the Imperial Japanese Government's Special Finance and Economic Commission to the United States Headed by Baron Tanetaro Megata - (september 1917-April 1918) 353
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