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34 [[red underline]] who left for war with Germany [[/red underline]] She was dressed european fashion deep mourning for her father the late emperor and her mother who died last year. Ricksaw before her contained some officer of Japanese army or navy then came another lady dressed in black, then one dressed in ordinary Japanese style then Japanese in frock coat. With [[strikeout]] guide of y [[/strikeout]] our Japanese guide we went on further visit of temples. Now particularly temple of [[Inesu?]] is being restored. Saw [[red underline]] Japanese lacquer work [[/red underline]] and how it is polished. They use ^[[piece of]] charcoal of magnolia wood, also flat little stones. of which I took samples with which they rub and polish the surface [[end page]] [[start page]] 35 slow laborious work. I note that lacquer is applied on canvas and the latter is first fastened to several foundation coats of lacquer + pulverized brick or clay. I took some samples of layer of lacquer where it had pealed off by long exposure to the sun. The wood of the [[red underline]] Magnolia [[/red underline]] tree [[red underline]] does not shrink [[/red underline]] hence it is used preferably for lacquering in the construction of these temples. Even the floors are heavily lacquered 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. Some [[red underline]] columns [[/red underline]] are shown to me said to have been built up from [[red underline]] pure lacquer layer by layer! [[/red underline]] anothe example of painstaking, [[strikeout]] fo [[/strikeout]] time robbing useless work as exemplified by the complicated designs and details in ornamentation of their temples. [[underlined in red]] the idea of the artist being to offer his [[/underlined in red]]
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