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SUNDAY MAGAZINE
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 1922
OTTINGS FROM JAPAN
Former Michigan.Student NowanImake one prouder than ever to be a
FiehCr, the author of ae N owsan graduate of auch an institution.
Lioe followingarticle, was grad- I n uJ A T The relation of student asd teacher
the from the University in 1918. Instructor at W ase a U niversity, is forever telling the student how
Later the Uwasasity intructor .,ofmuch he knows; only on examination
Last year- he was ant instructor eattendfthtrndeshes-
in Rhetoric here. While attending W rites UoftheO rient at the end of the term does the stu-
theUieiiy ews ciei dent have a chance to tell what he has
campus theatricals and the St- learned. The American boy tells the
dent Christian Association.- done any soap-box orator in England Japanese schools and colleges are teacher whatehas learned; the
or the Uniied States justice. And I not co-educational. In all the dramatic knows. Thus, even in the class room,
am quite sure that Miss Emma Gold- exercises the female parts must be there is no "mental exchange."
heen surprised by a caller hadthe taken hy males. Except, perhaps, in "Advice to Freshmen hy Freshmen",
Waseda University has heen very speech heen delivered in the United the case of Julian Street, there is al- the product of a freshman rhetoric
gracious in its expressions of good- States. Japanese students and liber-I ways something humorous about a class at Michigan, is revised and en-
will toward Mr. Spencer (Denison '20) als are thinking of peace, not war. - man assuming the role of a woman. larged with suitable cuts of Michigan
After the first titter of the audience student life and is being used as the
and me, They have left nothing un- Public utilities need aid sorely. The had melted into applause, there was basis of conversation in the Rote Ga-
done that would make us feel that we startling progress that Japan made nothing to suggest on the part of the kuin of Waseda. "Practical Elocution"
were an integral part of the faculty during the first years of her recov- audience that the female characters by Fulton and Trublood is a text book
ery is halted. It is nothing less than were not played by women . The aud- in a large night school in the heart of
of this, the largest university in the a free-for-all fight to use the trans- ee net ed bytoen r The sod- T akyt.
Orient. One instance of this cord- portation system: more folks ride o n c entered into and forgot the arti- Tokyo.
ait was sdinsanerien for ords-the outside of the cars thsn can get fice. The patient, suffering Cordelia School desks bear mute witness to
alitywas a dinner given for our pleas- won the Admiration of "her" audience. the enthusiasm of the Japanese stu-
ure by Preon the inside. The telephone system Regan and Goneril succeeded in mak- dent for the movie. Dorothy, Mary
ore bysPresidntrhiezawa, who Is a erl ouse humorous if it whe rnot so ing themselves hated. Blanche, Vivian and the host of others
uma private telephone selling for thirty A Japanese student is not regarded have won their way into the hearts of
as a "high-collar" (Japanese slang for the Japanese boy as well as seto the
President Shiozawa studied for his tfourhundred four years agowneor eight "high brow") for attending a perform- varnished top of some school desk.
doctor's degree .at the University of hundred yen. One needs a clothes-p nane of Shakespeare. Japanese stu- Students go to the movie to see their
Wisconsin. His major interest as a over his nose to go through some of dents go to see Shakespeare because favorite actress regardless of the
student is Economics. He inquired the streets of Tokyo; the open sewers they will see a good show. They go movie.
about Professor Taylor and Professob and the cartage of night soil is ever to a Shakespearean performance for Asaka Park, the Coney Island or
Henry Carter Adams of Michigan. He a source of offense.. Japan needs more1 the same reason that they go to a Ocean Beach of Japan, is the center of
recalled with evident pleasure the lec- street cars and busses and fewer bar- movie. It seems like bidding for a 'the movie houses of Tokyo. A popqlar
tures that Professor Adams deliver- racks and guns; more schools and col-j seat in the realm of outer darkness to Buddhist temple used to be the main
ed to the Waseda students when the leges and fewer dockyards and post- say this about Shakespeare, but it is attraction. On holidays thousands
latter was returning from his mission Jutlands; more telephones and tele- evident that they do not go to hear made their visit to the temple.to make
in China. He was grieved to learn of- graphs and fewer airships and 'planes. exact English, they do not go with the their devotions. When the movie
the recent death of Professor Adams. What will happen to this arrested de hone that someone of the "four hund- houses came into Japan it was quite
With President Shiozawa as with velopment when the present thousands red" will see them, and they do not natural they should locate where the
many of the American educated stu- are turned out from institutions of go to see gorgeous scenery, or to hear crowds congregated. Now after one
dents, America is his adopted country. learning will be worth watching. enchanting music. They go to be en- has ,thrown his money into the coin
Except for the distinctly Japanese ac- C tertained. Like H. G. Wells, I am glad trough and has chanted his prayers
cent of words, he speaks English flaw- Can you imagine to belong to a race and a language he can go to a rattling good movie.
l"essly. He told us that some of the Blow, winds, and crack your that produced a Shakespeare. We paid one yen for the "best" seats.
happiest years in his life were spent cheeks! rage! blow! Japan comes to the doors of civilize- The place seating more than twenty-
apest ears in hisAlifeeren s y You cataracts and hurricanoes, tion empty-handed and one might al- five hundred was so crowded that we
as a member of an American family spout ms a mt-edd u h em
in Madison. Because of his study in most say empty-headed. But she seems had to stand during fifteen reels.
Germany, he also speaks and under- Till you have drenched our steeples, to be taking advantage of her un- There is no elevation on the first floor
stands her language; but he does not drownd the cocks! "freighted condition by busying her and for this reason I suppose the seats
feel the same affectionate regard for done in Japanese? King Lear and hands in receiving the gifts and In in the balcony are reckoned the best.
Germany that he cherishes fer the Hamlet played on alternate nights for After we had bought our tickets and
United States. an entire week in an auditorium as fing hr Jad wh wothhie ler-tood in the corridor waitig to be ush-
large as Sarah Caswell Angell hall. ered to our seats, I heard a rasping-
Former Senator Phelan of Califor- On the invitation of one of my student much until she had learned t shrill voice issueing from behind the
ni n PoesrTeto eadtongues of the Western world. otshilvceioin frmbidte
nia and Professor Treat of Leland friends I went to hear, it would be of the Western open tot curtained entrances. That certainly
Stanford . University, both of whom more correct to say to see, King Lear. re oEsh, anit is butn sot was unlike anything I had ever been
hold opposite views on the Japanese I accepted with misgivings, and reader of English, and it is but a short
question, were in Japan at the time of looked forward to being inexpressibly sep then to the European languages. accusom. to in a i ente in
looEnglishrisrboon atian earlpassinbtheAmerica. As soon as I entered the
the dinner. The press gave much space bored. I went armed with a plausible English is begun at an early age the auditorium I tumbled to the fact that
to interviews with these two men. 'excuse to offer if the affair became no schools and by the time a boy is ready it was the voice of a narrator. A dis-
President Shiozawa had been at a longer endurable. The performance for college, he reads and understands
luncheon with Mr. Phelan and had began at four in the afternoon and very well. Most of the text books in tint Japtee addti. the n-
science are studied in English. What jymnfthmoi.Te anw
been in conference with Professor lasted until ten .in the evening. Be- s or ander Matthews sa heard headed his profession. All the
Treat. At the dinner that evening the fore the appearance of the actors, Pro- his book called "Essays on English" captions were in English (another
President said that he agreed with fessor Yokoyama, explained the trag- about English becomin one of the two good reason why the student is anx-
some of the Ex-senator's conclusions, edy at length. The audience sitting in ious to learn English) which were
but on the whole he thought he was damp chilly room was painfully at- languages is a living fact in Japan and
unfair. President Shiozawa is an anti- tentive to the synopsis of the play. In Asia, but more so in Japan. French, translated into Japanese along wth
militarist and thinks a war between the short time I have been in Japan, I moreover, is being forsaken amongj teller moot be no ordinary human be-
Japan and America too terrible to con- have been able to acquire only the students for English. ing: his voice must travel the gamut
template. Anyone, who has resided in scantest vocabulary. I could not un- To me it was interesting to know of human emotions for fifteen reels
the two countries-not merely trav- derstand the words, but I could fol- what English classics were being three times a day and seven times a
elled-and who has been careful low the scenes. The tones of the hu- translated into Japanese by the stu- week.
enough to witness the differences in man voice are unmistakeable in their dent. "The Scarlet Letter", "Lorna During the picture, girls selling con-
the two standards of living, knows appeal to love, hate, grief, joy and Doone", "Ivanhoe", "Essays of Elia", cessions make the rounds by balancing
where all the Californian trouble em- awe, even in a language that looks as are those that I have noticed. In a con- themselves on the four inch railing
anates. A Japanese student can go to bad as Japanese. After the perform- versation with some Japanese stu- that skirts the balcony. Such a feat
school for twenty-five dollars a month ance (I did not use my excuse after dents I mentioned Thomas Hardy's would do credit to a tight rope artist.
and ten of this is pocket-money. One all) I was introduced to Professor works. They told me that they did not But then this is the land of jiu jitsu
can imagine what it costs the laborer Tsubouchi, emeritus professor of like to read him because he was too and' aerial artists.
to live. Shakespeare of Waseda, who remem- much of a fatalist for young minds. During the thirty minute intermis-
Students hate the thought of military bered with the greatest pleasure the Because of the dissection of the human sion, an orchestra of the High School
service. Every young man, physically recital of Hamlet in the Quadrangle conscience, the favorite author is Symphony class, and even this is, I
fit, must serve one year in the army as of Waseda by Professor Trueblood. Hawthorne. fear, putting the Japanese orchestra
a private at twelve sen a day. Money Before I left- Ann. Arbor, Professor The Michigan Daily forms the bass in a class higher than it deserves,
and influence may in some cases give Trueblood told me that I would meet of conversation in one of my classes played the waltz "Donaullen". In the
exemption. Tokyo is the student cen- Professor Tsubouchi,- and it was a in the Normal department. To se the middle of some motive that the audi-
ter of 'Japan. At an English Speaking pleasant experience to give Professor eagerness with which the Japanese ence liked particularly well enthusi-
society at Keo University I heard a Tsubouchi Professor Trueblood's student welcomes anything that has to astic applause would swell to a great
socialistic harangue that would have greetings. do with an American university is to (Continued on Page 8)

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