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Preface

This book has been distilled from the experiences and meditations of a hundred months spent in Japan from May 1931 to August 1939, teaching and travelling, reading and musing, enjoying art and life, and harassed by increasing signs of an approaching catastrophe. There is but one way of knowing the mind of a foreign people from inside: to share its life, experimentally adopting its own style, allowing oneself to be swayed by its rhythm, both in the currents and seasons of daily intercourse and in the tides and revolutions of the spirit embodied and interpreted by its poets and painters, thinkers and founders of religion.