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Posted 05/04/2019   12:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add erilaz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No doubt! I'm reminded of something that Lafcadio Hearn wrote about Japan over a century ago:

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Every time you dare to look, something obliges you to buy it unless, as may often happen, the smiling vendor invites your inspection of so many varieties of one article, each specially and all unspeakably desirable, that you flee away out of mere terror at your own impulses. The shopkeeper never asks you to buy; but his wares are enchanted, and if you once begin buying you are lost. Cheapness means only a temptation to commit bankruptcy; for the resources of irresistible artistic cheapness are inexhaustible. The largest steamer that crosses the Pacific could not contain what you wish to purchase.
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Posted 05/16/2019   10:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add erilaz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's another one, mailed from Kobe to New Haven, Connecticut, on 22 May 1908. The writer of the card describes the photo thus: "These are two very typical Japanese faces, but better looking than most of them, for they are undeniably a homely race."

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Posted 09/14/2019   12:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add erilaz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My latest acquisition: "A bit of old Japan transplanted to Potomac Park. The Misses Sumi and Sadi Tamura, daughters of Mr. Teijiro Tamura, former Third Secretary of the Japanese Embassy, out for an early morning stroll under the beautiful blossoming Japanese Cherry trees."

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Posted 09/14/2019   11:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Johan Buvelot to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
1908 posted in Tientsin



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