National Geographic : 1911 Nov
GLIMPSES OF JAPAN 989 THE NATIVE AMBULANCE It would be uncomfortable enough for a person in robust health to be carried for any distance in this tomb-like contrivance; therefore the effect on one weakened by disease of being shut within such narrow confines can readily be imagined. A DRUG STORE No sound of a sizzling soda fountain is heard as one approaches a drug store in Japan. Owing to great danger in drinking unboiled water, hot tea is the staple beverage usually served throughout Japan in drug stores and elsewhere. It is also served in many of the large stores dealing in merchandise, the proprietor sipping a cup of tea with his prospective customer before the shopping begins.