Beauty and Sadness by Yasunari Kawabata

By Yasunari Kawabata

The profitable author Oki has reached heart age and is stuffed with regrets. He returns to Kyoto to discover Otoko, a tender lady with whom he had a bad affair a long time earlier than, and discovers that she is now a painter, dwelling with a more youthful girl as her lover. Otoko has endured to like Oki and hasn't ever forgotten him, yet his go back unsettles not just her but in addition her younger lover. it is a paintings of odd attractiveness, with a young contact of nostalgia and a heartbreaking sensitivity to these issues misplaced perpetually.

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In 1872 the Department of Education opened the Tokyo Public Library. Initially it contained only Japanese and Chinese works, but in 1875 foreign books were included. From the beginning the public could borrow books without charge. The Department also began a rapid expansion of teacher training colleges as a chronic shortage of competent personnel in the elementary schools made itself apparent. In presenting to the Emperor the first Report of the Department of Education in 1875 Tanaka Fujimaro is modest 24 Japan and Education in his claims and cautious about the future, stating, 'But, in regard to its educational duties, it is the humble opinion of your servant that it has in some degree established order and system'.

Japan's industrialisation made full use of existing small family firms. The Western technology made available to such traditional artisan groups vastly increased productivity. These small firms plugged into much large marketing companies. The marketing combines had incestuous relationships with banks, heavy industry, and the small number of big factories. Just as the political scene was controlled by a small number of families so was economic power. Great commercial families like the Mitsubishi took over in the late nineteenth century many of the enterprises launched by the government.

A modernising economy had an increasing appetite for the highly educated, and initially the universities did not produce enough graduates. Most of the participants in higher education in the nineteenth century came from the samuri class. Traditionally the samuri had a low opinion of commerce and an equal distaste for getting their hands dirty. The merchant and labouring classes before 1868 had been viewed with contempt. Again, in Britain it has taken engineering a long time to acquire esteem. A study of law or the humanities has been more fashionable than mechanical engineering.

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