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The changing of the reeds corresponding to different phases of the ceremony. [[red underline]] Sounded as if wailing babies joined [[/red underline]] in the [[strikethrough]] noise [[/strikethrough]] [[red underline]] mewing of hungry cats intermingled [[/red underline]] with muffled beating of drum. The priests executed all the rites with utmost formality and slow well studied methodic movements. Prostrations, bows, more bows. Monotonous prayers. Three dry hand claps. etc. etc. (See Terry's - Japan) Then offered, two jars, and a plate. supposed to contain food. - [[red underline]] rice. [[/red underline]] My Japanese always pronounce it lice. Offering of "lice". God of "lice". Temple of "[[black underline]]lice."[[/black underline]] Then the drinking of the holy saké. 
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Got ^[[small unglazed whitish-gray stoneware cup. now in [[strikethrough]] Chin [[/strikethrough]] our Chinese cabinet]]
[[red underline]] cup as souvenir. [[/red underline]] also a prayer or tenet of budhist sage which I took along printed as souvenir in Japanese with english translation thereof. 
Then mounted those interminable stone steps among those majestic [[red underline]]  cryptomeria [[/red underline]] trees to the grave of [[strikethrough]] Yeusy. [[/strikethrough]] Yeasu. [[strikethrough]] Started [[/strikethrough]](See Terry's Japan) Began to rain, then heavier drops then a run for shelter till we struck like Chaya near entrance of shrines. Then rain poured in torrents, heavier and heavier. General appearance of [[red underline]] Japanese yellow paper umbrellas. oiled [[/red underline]] and provided with chinese letters indicating ownership. Men and [[red underline]] women simply lift kimonos higher and walk with bared legs [[/red underline]] in the most unconcerned way comical sight at first to which 

Transcription Notes:
"Yeasu" refers to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan.

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