This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIX TOKYO fTlHE chrysanthemum more than the cold -*- weather induced me to descend to the plains and take up my abode at Tokyo. My friend Mr. Kanocogni had recommended me to a Japanese hotel not far from the centre of the town, yet well cut off from the noise and bustle of a busy capital. The Take"-shiba overlooks Tokyo Bay; it has a large garden of its own, and the trees of its neighbours give it a seclusion rarely found in a large city. The garden also had the chrysanthemums of which I was in need. Such inns as these do not advertise, as in Europe, but depend on custom through the recommendation of previous guests. It is not only recommended to the would-be guest, but he is also recommended to the landlord. In the case of foreigners this is very important, for their usual inability to adapt themselves to the Japanese mode of living is liable to give the landlord a good deal of trouble, and may induce him to say that he has no vacant rooms. Our room led out into the garden and overlooked the bay beyond; it got all the sun, and was sheltered from the cold winds by a projecting wing of the house. November in Japan is usually the sunniest month of the year. As if to make up for an excessively wet summer, we had sunshine during nearly the whole of this and the following month. I had seen Tokyo in dirty weather during the two or three days spent there on my way to Nikko, and, owing to its low situation and heavy soil, the mud in the streets was indescribable. Tokyo had now dried up, and it was possible to walk about the streets with pleasure without the highly-raised clogs the natives wear. A system of tramways takes away from the oldworld look which is the charm of Kyoto, but as the distances are very great, the rapid locomotion is a convenience of which I ...
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