Japan's Inheritance

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781165435777
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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CHAPTER II ; TIMES AND SEASONS Japan not a hot country—Vagaries of climate—The West and North—The Kuroshiwo—The "winter's wind" and the Japanese house—Skating an imported art—Rainfall and flood—Unconforming seasons—Climate and health —The seasons in colour—Autumnal tints—When to see Japan. A Widespread impression persists in the West that Japan is a hot country. The fact is overlooked that the Empire extends over a distance of 2,000 miles through thirty degrees of latitude, and presents in consequence an immense variety of climatic conditions. Even if we consider only the four large islands which constitute Japan proper, very great differences remain. Let us in the first instance confine our attention to the central or salient part of the main Japanese arc, abutting on the Pacific—in other words, the eastern slope of the country for roughly 200 miles north and south of Tokyo Bay. Taking this region—a mean between the extremes—as representative of the whole, the first conclusion at which we shall arrive is that the Japanese climate, so far from being one of tropical warmth, is colder than its latitude would lead us to expect. On this basis of latitude, Tokyo should enjoy as genial weather as Naples or Seville. But does it? F.or two months of the year it is uncomfortably hot—the discomfort proceeding rather from the dampness of the atmosphere than the height of the temperature ; and, for the rest, in all the essentials of a good climate it is a long way behind Andalusia or the south of Italy. .Were it not for a rainfall exceeding 120 inches per annum, one part of Japan—to wit, southern Kyushu—couldclaim a climate of Italian amenity. Sugar-cane is grown, and left standing all the year round, on the southward slopes of Sakurajima—the only place, I believe, in Japan.1 That...
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