By Nin, Anaïs; Nin, Anaïs; Stuhlmann, Gunther
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When I left the inn this morning they gave me a small towel, a recording of a folk song and a toothbrush for the next inn. The result of so much discipline is that you can hardly distinguish between educated and uneducated people, unless they wear a peasant costume. Manners are uniformly good. The second-class train filled with quiet and polite people. No garbage on the floor, no defacement, no obscene scribblings as in New York’s subways. Fosco Maraini’s Meeting with Japan is a beautiful travel companion, historical, religious and human.
D. 1000 [Tale of Genji], and although it is a Proustian work of elaborate and subtle detail, although the feelings and thoughts of the personages at court are described, the author herself remains elusive. But few modern works by Japanese women are translated, and the novels as a whole failed to bring me any closer to them. The same element of feminine selflessness is present. There is a strong tendency to live according to the code, the mores, the religious or cultural rules, to live for a collective ideal.
No garbage on the floor, no defacement, no obscene scribblings as in New York’s subways. Fosco Maraini’s Meeting with Japan is a beautiful travel companion, historical, religious and human. He describes Japanese writing as based on intuition. Intuition is the quality they praise. Perhaps my love for Japan will one day be requited. I also read Donald Keene’s History of Japanese Literature. Care. Everywhere signs of care. The road is watered against dust. Everyone is weeding, sweeping. No matter how poor the bamboo huts, they are immaculate.