Quote Japan

Interesting, odd, outrageous or informative quotes about Japan

Lionel Lambourne- quotes from “Japonisme”

“Here, remember, the people really eat lotuses, they form a common article of diet…” Lafcadio Hearn, 1891, quoted in “Japonisme“(Phaidon)

“Let not the Europeans any longer flatter themselves with the empty notions of having surpassed all the world…The glory of one country, Japan alone, has exceeded in beauty and magnificence all the pride of the Vatican at this time and the Pantheon heretofore” John Stalker and George Stalker, A Treatise of Japanning and Varnishing, 1688- An early Japan as Number One?? Quoted in “Japonisme”

“the Dutchman, Isaac Titsingh, who held the post of official overseer (1779-84)… had a special garment made which looked like a diver’s suit and was stuffed full of contraband” Japonisme pg 18 on the lengths people would go to sneak bits of Japan into the outside world in the sakoku period


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