National Geographic : 1936 Apr
FRIENDLY JOURNEYS IN JAPAN bedstead. Even our name is used; but since Japan has no "1," this letter becomes "r," and for the final vowel "u" is added, making it "hoteru," as "beer" is "beeru," "match" is "matchi," and the im ported, outlawed "kiss" is "kissu," but only, as my conversation dic tionary explains, "in the treaty ports." Hoteru are much more expensive than yado ya, and many Japanese prefer them. But yado ya contribute much to a foreigner's understanding and en joyment of Japan. At the entrance, guests change shoes for soft slippers provided by the management. These, worn on hall way floors polished smooth as piano tops, are left outside the sliding, lockless, latch less paper panels that are the doors of each room. Grass matting, as we know it in America, is sewed to a more roughly woven, "springy" grass mat about two inches AGE CANNOT DI thick. Completed As Chaucer's cha mats, of standard size, Canterbury, so do are fringed with cloth her bedding and nec ta Aroom'sarea is of Koyasan. Sher tape. A rooms area is Hearn, 40 years ago known by the number year on ten dollars, of its mats, and, since shoes never touch them, they are a practical floor covering. A typical room in an inn is like one in a private home. In a tub of sifted ashes a charcoal fire glows under a teapot. A table the size of a card table is but a foot off the floor. A diminutive dresser, not more than thirty inches tall, with drawers and a mirror, is useful enough when one sits before it, but seems at first glance fit only for a little girl's playhouse. At one end of the room an alcove with a raised floor is the "sacred place," where stand the tastefully arranged Photograph by W. Robert Moore M THE DEVOTION OF A BUDDHIST PILGRIM racters journeyed to Thomas a Becket's shrine at Japan's pious wander far. This old woman carries essities, and toils wearily upward to the monasteries ings a bell and finds generous response. Lafcadio , said one might travel, eat, and bathe daily for a or, lacking funds, go as a pilgrim. flowers which are so much a part of Japan's formal life. There hangs a kakemono, or painted paper scroll, appropriate to the season. A Japanese may have dozens of these, but displays only one at a time on a wall (page 445). Soon after a guest's arrival his jochu, or maidservant, without even a tap on the door, enters to pour his tea. The girl who served me at my Nikko inn was pretty, graceful, and particularly thoughtful. She sat op posite me with helpful intentions as I ate; I had only to eat.