The World at Home ABC, Page 26


J for the Jap. He lives in Japan—a group of islands to the east of Northern Asia.
He is a little fellow, with a sallow face and lank, black hair. When he wears his
native costume, he puts on a long, loose silk robe, with a girdle at the waist,
and he never goes abroad without his paper umbrella and his fan. The Japanese
ladies, like ladies all the world over, delight in dress. They wear a
bright-coloured undergarment of silk, over which are two or three, and sometimes
five or six, flowing robes of crape or silk. All these garments, which are open at
the neck, are girdled round the waist by a huge satin sash, tied behind in a large
square bow. Japanese ladies are dainty little people, and are very proud of their
hair, which they decorate with flowers. All the Japs are fond of music,
storytelling, kite-flying, juggling, and plays. They like to resort to
flower-gardens and tea-houses, where they enjoy themselves very much. They are
very skilful workmen, and have trains and trams, telephones and telegraphs,
men-of-war, and a parliament, just as we have. Here is a picture of the Japanese
cab—the jinrikisha.


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