National Geographic : 1953 Nov
637 National Geographic Plhotograplher .1 . laylor Roberts An American Freighter Unloads Baled Cotton for Japan's Textile Industry Soon after the war the United States began shipping cotton to aid Japan's recovery. Today the output of the islands' mills totals a little more than half their prewar production. This ship stops at Kobe. cept at a three-hour dinner. Meals were served in the room on an ankle-high table. There is no public dining room in a Japanese inn. At bedtime the maid spreads out soft, thick quilts-eight inches too short for a tall West erner-and supplies guests with a sack of oats as a pillow. The Japanese Bath, Luxury Unlimited The crowning joy of the day is the hot bath in water three feet deep. The tub is sometimes as big as a swimming pool. A Japanese bath is the most nearly perfect bathing device on this planet since the baths of Caracalla of ancient Rome. The gardens of these inns are often places of great charm and beauty, and nearly every town has its public park, quite unlike anything of the sort in Western lands. The Japanese garden depends much upon irregular outlines, rocks, stone lanterns, arched bridges. It tries to achieve an effect of cultivated wildness, or careful naturalness. A woodland glade may be so naturally covered with moss that one never dreams that every bit of it was planted by hand. Hillocks look natural, though in many cases they are man-made. There is usually no straight path in a Japanese garden. Nor are there beds of flowers in the Western sense. In fact, flowers are seldom seen, ex cept where they grow in seeming naturalness in the woods or on the edge of a stream.