National Geographic : 1921 Jul
THE GEOGRAPHY OF JAPAN © Keystone View Company REELING SILK IN ONE OF JAPAN'S MANY MODERN MILLS More than one-fourth of the world's silk is produced in Japan. Of this a large per centage is sold as raw silk and only about one-sixth of the entire amount is manufactured in Japan. those wild and inhospitable regions that long ago engendered those habits of fru gality, endurance, and self-reliance among an island race immune from invasion, and have rendered the Japanese one of the proudest and most self-satisfied patri ots the world has ever seen. MORE THAN IALF THE PEOPLE LIVE ON THE LAND No less than three-quarters of Japan is mountain land, to a great extent un cultivated, because uncultivable. The remaining quarter is worked with a min uteness of care and an intensity of energy of which we have little conception and to which none of our industries offers any parallel. In spite of the growth of industrialism and the migration of so many from the countryside to the towns, still more than half the people live "on the land." Even in feudal Japan, the tillers of the soil ranked next in social status to the Sa murai and above the merchants and me chanics. Those were days when Japan was secluded from the world and was forced to be self-supporting. In order to make the most of her resources, all avail able ground was laid under contribution.