A Japanese Garden

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Here is Japan at its best. This is an example of the beautiful park gardens in which the Japanese delight. It has all the elements of natural beauty-water, rocks, woods, and hills. But these elements have been combined artistically by skilled hands and eyes trained to beauty. The Japanese are artists by taste and by training. The children see beauty all about them from their birth. Their homes are clean, neat, and tastefully decorated. In school they are taught art. They learn how to put colors together that harmonize. They are taught to decorate in colors and to lay out gardens and grounds beautifully. They know the shrubs, the flowers, and the value of water, trees, and birds in making a beautiful garden. Do you know any of the trees or shrubs in the picture? What kind of birds do you find? How do the dresses of the girls harmonize with the scene. This picture is worth your careful study if you are interested in either art of nature. If you know, or care to learn, anything about taking pictures, this view will also appeal to you. What is there about it that shows its photographer was an artist? In a good photograph where should the chief figures be? What are the chief figures in this view? This view illustrates another trait of the Japanese. They are extremely clean. There is no dust or dirt in their houses. Their parks have no papers lying around. Their clothes are clean. And they pay particular attention to the cleanliness of their bodies. Every house has its little round bathtub. Public baths are in all centers of population. The Japanese take from two to five baths daily. They love cleanliness for the joy of being clean. Americans can learn much from the Japanese, but we can learn nothing finer that the habit of cleanliness. Keystone ID: 14047 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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