Friday, November 8.a
Bathed in the sacred dews of morn The wide arial landscape spread
before me, as in the dawn the train rushed on through exquisite mountain scenery. The autumnal tints of the forest made it indeed a rich morning feast. FujiyamaaJapan's chief love among his beautiful mountainsawas unkind enough to veil her face in clouds as we passed.
Tokyo, since 1868 Japan's capital, is a much Euro-peanised city. Its area is about 30 square miles and its population is over two millions. Many ofthe streets are broad and well-paved, and there is an admirable tram service, with a uniform rate of 4 sen, so that one can travel ten miles for a penny. The city has suffered much from earthquakes. These are very characteristic of Japan, there being an average of nearly four a day. But the vast number of these are, of course, not only harmless but imperceptible except by instruments. The last very serious one in Tokyo was in when 50,000 houses were destroyed and nearly 7,ooo people killed. They seem to originate in the submarine region on the north-east coast of Nippon, the main island. Here is the deepest sea bed in the world, and is probably a colossal crater under the ocean. It is thought that in time warnings may be given of coming earthquakes, thereby saving many lives.
In the large Shiba Park are some very garish tombs and chapels of the Shoguns. Of course, ChineseIn the large Shiba Park are some very garish tombs and chapels of the Shoguns. Of course, Chinese