Isabella L. Bird

Darkness visible - Nikko Shops - Girls and Matrons - Night and Sleep - Parental Love - Childish Docility - Hair-dressing - Skin Diseases.

A Silk Factory - Employment for Women - A Police Escort - The Japanese Police Force.

KUBOTA, July 23.

My next visit was to a factory of handloom silk-weavers, where 180 hands, half of them women, are employed. These new industrial openings for respectable employment for women and girls are very important, and tend in the direction of a much-needed social reform. The striped silk fabrics produced are entirely for home consumption.

Savage Life - A Forest Track - Cleanly Villages - A Hospitable Reception - The Chief's Mother - The Evening Meal - A Savage Seance - Libations to the Gods - Nocturnal Silence - Aino Courtesy - The Chief's Wife.

AINO HUT, BIRATORI, August 23.

Shops and Shopping - The Barber's Shop - A Paper Waterproof - Ito's Vanity - Preparations for the Journey - Transport and Prices - Money and Measurements.

"A Plague of Immoderate Rain" - A Confidential Servant - Ito's Diary- -Ito's Excellences - Ito's Faults - Prophecy of the Future of Japan - Curious Queries - Superfine English - Economical Travelling - The Japanese Pack-horse again.

KUBOTA, July 24.

A Supposed Act of Worship - Parental Tenderness - Morning Visits - Wretched Cultivation - Honesty and Generosity - A "Dug-out" - Female Occupations - The Ancient Fate - A New Arrival - A Perilous Prescription - The Shrine of Yoshitsune - The Chief's Return.

Comfort disappears - Fine Scenery - An Alarm - A Farm-house - An unusual Costume - Bridling a Horse - Female Dress and Ugliness - Babies - My Mago - Beauties of the Kinugawa - Fujihara - My Servant - Horse-shoes - An absurd Mistake.

FUJIHARA, June 24.

Ito's informants were right. Comfort was left behind at Nikko!

The Symbolism of Seaweed - Afternoon Visitors - An Infant Prodigy - A Feat in Caligraphy - Child Worship - A Borrowed Dress - A Trousseau - House Furniture - The Marriage Ceremony.

KUBOTA, July 25.

Barrenness of Savage Life - Irreclaimable Savages - The Aino Physique - Female Comeliness- Torture and Ornament - Child Life - Docility and Obedience.

BIRATORI, YEZO, August 24.

AN ACCOUNT OF TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR INCLUDING VISITS TO THE ABORIGINES OF YEZO AND THE SHRINE OF NIKKO

by Isabella L. Bird

 

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