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228                  CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC.
As with the Chinese, the customs in general of the Japanese are at total variance with our own; to show respect we take off our hat, they their shoes. "We get up, they sit down, (it is the height of impoliteness to receive a visitor standing.)*
We turn the back as a mark of incivility, they as a token of respect; their mixture of the truest modesty with the greatest license, must ever remain an enigma to us. Since then, we cannot in other respects, judge this remarkable people, it behooves us, in the field of music, to study them without preconceived ideas of the art. That music is in an undeveloped state with them, is undoubtedly true; the absence of treatises and system proves it; but what direction the art will take in its development can only be settled by time. That it will not remain stationary in the midst of change, is a foregone conclusion.
ĽAll Bound th« World, f. x*. t Tbunbwg, p. 807

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