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here in time to see the spring blossoms and very wonderful they are -- quite unlike those of Ceylon and India and richer, fuller more perfect than those of the same species in your garden and mine besides hundreds of flowers, vines and shrubs new to me. I make daily short trips by "rickshaw" to the country and find the country roads and scenery splendid beyond description -- I wish I could send you for your Sunday dinner of the floral offerings received by me yesterday how they would delight your family!!
I have made pleasant acquaintances here both native and foreign -- Have the run of the club and have been entertained Japanese fashion  by several good families -- not the highest, but very interesting people -- Some of the Japanese ladies are thoroughly captivating and keep me quite dismayed in my vain efforts to half follow their politeness. I have met two or three who seem to have stepped down from Outamaro prints -- one permits me to address her as "O Outamaro san". She rather enjoys my intend compliments and wretched pronunciation while I admire her grace and find Outamaro more easily remembered than her real name.
I was misinformed concerning the time of opening of the Kioto Exhibition. It occurred April 1st so I decided to see Nagasaki now instead of doubling back here 

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I changed "me" to "met" near the end of the page--thomasc

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