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THINGS JAPANESE


BEING


NOTES ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS CONNECTED WITH JAPAN


FOR THE USE OF TRAVELLERS AND OTHERS


BY


BASIL HALL CHAMBERLAIN

EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF JAPANESE AND PHILOLOGY IN THE IMPERIAL
UNIVERSITY OF TŌKYŌ


Fifth Edition Revised


LONDON:
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET

YOKOHAMA
SHANGHAI
KELLY & WALSH, LIMITED HONGKONG
SINGAPORE


1905
[All rights reserved]



Les longs ouvrages me font peur.
Loin d'épuiser une matière,
On n'en doit prendre que la fleur.

PREFACE.


In the unlikely event of any one instituting a minute comparison between this edition and its predecessor, he would find minor alterations innumerable,—here a line erased, there a paragraph added, or again a figure changed, a statement qualified, a description or a list brought up to date. But take it altogether, the book remains the same as heretofore. It would seem to have found favour in many quarters, to judge from the manner in which, years after its first appearance, newspapers and book-makers continue to quote wholesale from it without acknowledgment; and the title, which cost us much cogitation, and which we borrowed ultimately from the Spanish phrase cosas de España, has passed into general use, even coming to supply titles for similar works written about other lands in imitation of this one.

The article on Archæology contributed by Mr. W. G. Aston, C. M. G., to the second edition, and that on Geology by Prof. John Milne, F.R.S., remain untouched. Best thanks, once more, to these kind friends, as also to Mr. James Murdoch, Mr. H. V. Henson, Rev. Dr. D. C Greene, and Abbé J. N. Guérin, who have supplied in formation on points beyond the scope of our own know ledge. To Mr. W. B. Mason and to Mr. W. D. Cox we are under special obligations,—to the former for constant advice and assistance during the progress of the work, to the latter for revision of the proofs, a task of a different order of difficulty in this country from what it is at home with printers whose native language is English. The greater part of the index has been compiled by Mr. E. B. Clarke, of the First Higher School, Tōkyō.


Miyanoshita,
November, 1904.

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