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Similar story was told to me this morning by our guide who learned his english in Nikko. [[strikethrough]] Name of Lacquer store was [[/strikethrough]] 
In leaving lacquer store another japanese was waiting outside induced me to see his [[red underline]] collection of curious [[/red underline]] and art ware. A revelation! Reminded me of Arabian Nights. Prices asked are quite reasonable but saw nothing of any practical use for me. - This is the main trouble [[red underline]] with Japanese works of art [[/red underline]] They seem to [[strikethrough]] have [[/strikethrough]] suit no modern purpose whatsoever. name of the firm is [[red underline]] S. Koboyashi. [[/red underline]]- Nikko. [[red underline]] [[Irray?]] [[/red underline]] tells me that one of the designs on my lacquerware represents the [[red underline]] Yoro-Falls [[/red underline]] and I understand that to
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appease these falls, old men were fed to it ^[[in ancient times]] but I am not sure of having understood him well. remind of legend of [[strikethrough]] Na [[/strikethrough]] Niagara and [[strikethrough]] sending young indian maidens over [[/strikethrough]] the Maid of the Mist.
Aug 24.  In all the pagodas and shrines I notice endless repetitions of the figure of the [[red underline]] Stork [[/red underline]] standing on a [[red underline]] turtle [[/red underline]].  The allegory of long life. The stork is [[red underline]] supposed to [[/red underline]] live [[red underline]] 1000 years [[/red underline]] and the turtle [[black and red underline]] 10000! [[/black and red underline]] The [[red underline]] big bronze bell [[/red underline]] hangs in the garden of one of the pagodas and is sounded by striking it with a horizontally suspended wooden beam pulled by a rope. A man who has nothing else to attend to performs this work. [[strikethrough]] He [[/strikethrough]]
Rain all last night. Up early 1st class compartment of our train pretty well filled.
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