Modern Japanese Diaries


byDonald Keene.Holt, 544 pages, $50.00.
Professor Keene has selected quotations from the diaries of Japanese travelers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, adding commentaries explaining who the diarists were and why they went where they did. The material will be of interest to students of Japanese cultural history. To other readers, it will prove that most Japanese resemble travelers of other nationalities, being distressed by unfamiliar food, bewildered by strange furniture and plumbing, and astounded by barbarous customs.