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8. Japanese genre paintings or wood-block prints, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. 9. An inn in Karuizawa. 10. The Humanities Research Center, Texas University, has about 200 letters from Aki Hayashi to Blunden, together with her diary and notes (see Bibliography). 11. Edmund Blunden, Japanese Garland (London: Beaumont Press, 1928) p. 34. 12. Most of the lectures were later published: Edmund Blunden, Lectures in English Literature, given in the Imperial University, Tokyo; first series (Tokyo: Kodokwan, 1927).

As a foreigner he might have chosen Kyoto for its history and its temple architecture, but for a Japanese this would be outweighed by the attractions of the hot spring- onsen - especially in winter, since it represented a source of natural warmth. For the Japanese a hot bath had a spiritual as well as physical significance, contributing to the cure of diseases, relaxation and the release of tension. In a resort one might take several baths per day- on arrival, after the luxurious meal, before going to bed, in 22 Edmund Blunden and Japan the morning immediately after breakfast, etc.

In Poems on Japan, published in commemoration of Blunden's seventieth birthday, friendship is the main theme celebrated, and is epitomised by yew trees and their 'rubies' in the following poem: To Koichi Nakane By my old house a yew-tree stood, A huge dark tree, and like a hood Obscured our roof; its berries red Were underfoot and overhead. Outside this eastern house, once more, The yew-tree wears the jewels it wore, Its rubies; but the quiet age Has suffered from a desperate rage. Sad years, strange difference!

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