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Some Unpublished Letters of Lafcadio Hearn

Source: Osman Edwards, ‘Some Unpublished Letters of Lafcadio Hearn’, Transactions and Proceedings of the Japan Society, vol. 16 (1918), pp. 16-32 Text: We know how he loved to mingle unobtrusively with the joys and sorrows of his unsophisticated neighbours. He … Continue reading

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Village Life in Old China

Source: Cornelius Osgood, Village Life in Old China; a community study of Kao Yao, Yünnan (New York, Ronald Press, 1963), pp. 19-20 Text: A little after nine we set out for the Cosmopolitan cinema in our host’s car. The journey … Continue reading

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Japanese Cinema

Source: Carl Koch, from ‘Japanese Cinema’, Close-up vol. VIII no. 4 (December 1931), pp. 296-298 Text: The Japanese film director and actor, Katsumi, recently showed me his latest film in a Berlin projection room. This film, in which he played … Continue reading

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The March of Japan

Source: Edgar Lajtha, The March of Japan (New York: Frederick A. Stokes, [1936]), pp. 109-114 Text: The twentieth century has allowed the Japanese to live again their middle age through the cinema, and when the Japanese wants to escape from … Continue reading

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The Nightside of Japan

‘The Cinematograph Street in Asakusa Street’ (the caption for the photograph that accompanies the text below) Source: Taizo Fujimoto, The Nightside of Japan (London: T. Werner Laurie, 1914), pp. 1-2 Text: The Asakusa is the centre of pleasure in Tokyo. … Continue reading

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