Generally speaking, we construct for endurance, the Japanese for impermanency. Few things for common use are made in Japan with a view to durability. The straw sandals worn out and replaced at each stage of a journey; the robe consisting of a few simple widths loosely stitched together for wearing, and unstitched again for washing; the fresh ...Read MoreGenerally speaking, we construct for endurance, the Japanese for impermanency. Few things for common use are made in Japan with a view to durability. The straw sandals worn out and replaced at each stage of a journey; the robe consisting of a few simple widths loosely stitched together for wearing, and unstitched again for washing; the fresh chopsticks served to each new guest at a hotel... -from "The Genius of Japanese Civilization" Kokoro, roughly translated into English, means "heart," though it can also signify the emotional mind, spirit, courage, and resolve. In 1896, just as Japan was opening to the West and interest in Japanese culture in the outside world was flowering, Western expatriate Lafcadio Hearn published this charming and insightful valentine to his adopted country. In sweetly lyrical prose, Hearn extols the "strange morality" of Japanese crime and punishment, the startling beauty of Japanese music, the graceful demureness of Japanese women, and much more. Japanophiles and travelers to the East will delight in this extraordinary foreign journal by a traveler so in love with the land that he stayed for the rest of his life. Bohemian and writer PATRICK LAFCADIO HEARN (1850-1904) was born in Greece, raised in Ireland, and worked as newspaper reporter in the United States before decamping to Japan. He also wrote Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894), In Ghostly Japan (1899), and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (1904).Read Less
Very Good. In yellow decorated cloth Hardcover with lovely drawing of Japanese woman on title page. 388 pages. The study of Japanese emotional sense, spirit, courage, resolve, sentiment, affection & inner meaning. The papers composing this volume treat the inner rather than the outer life of Japan-for which reason they have been grouped under the title Kokoro ( heart).
Acceptable. No Dust Jacket. Used Hardcover without jacket; marked boards and sunned spine. Leading corners are bent, with some cover loss; edges are worn. Spine is worn at sides and bumped and nicked at ends, with cover starting to detach. Two-inch split on front spine side. Discoloured page block. Hinge is completely split at front pastedown, exposing innards of binding. Obituary of the author pasted onto front pastedown; FEP has been removed; previous owner's name penned on title page. Foxing and age-related stains at start and end, never obscuring text; some page edges and corners are slightly chipped and/or worn and uneven. Very rare instances of minor pencilled marginalia. All content is clear. TS.
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