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of their palaces by means of bronzes, embroideries on silk, fine lacquer, and the like. Art in Japan was nourished by t

he Daimios, and we have much to thank them for in the way of household adornment. Since the adoption of Western ideas in decoration and household furniture, the Japanese dwellings have lost somewhat in point of attractiveness. Our carpets and furniture are out of place in a Japanese

room, and so are our pictures and statuary. It is a pity that the people should ever abandon their domestic customs for ours, whatever they might do in the matter of military equipment, machinery, and other things that are more or less commercial. Japanese men and women are far more

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attractive in their native dress than in ours, and a Japanese house loses its charm when the neat

mattings give way to European carpets, and chairs and tables are spread around in place of the simple adornments to which the people were accustomed. After an interesting ride, in which their eyes


were in constant use, the boys reached the Temple of Asakusa, which is one of the great points of

attraction to a stranger in Tokio. The street which led up to the temple was lined with booths, in which a great variety of things were offered for sale. Nearly all of these things were of a cheap


class, and evidently the patrons of the temple were not of the wealthier sort. Toys were num

erous, and as our party alighted they saw some children gazing wistfully at[Pg 121] a collection of dolls; Frank and Fred suggested the propriety of making the little people happy by expending something


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for them. The Doctor gave his approval; so the boys invested a sum equal to about twenty cents of our money, and were aston

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