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  • Japanese language and manners uncover a layer of consciousness we are not aware of. ... We are very sloppy and noisy and unreal. Japanese have words to express things we do not express, microscopic moods, nonbili, tea-drinker's colors. The Japanese language can teach us to see and to feel things we have not been aware of. If there is no word to express a certain mood or inpression, it scarcely exists in our consciousness. At least it doesn't exist with anything like the authority and clearness that it exists when it has been classified and given a name.

  • Everything in Japan is hidden. Real life has an unlisted phone number.

  • ... Americans are so often thrown by Japan. It looks familiar but, an inch below the surface, it isn't anything like the West at all.

  • ... the Japanese school year begins in spring ... so mothers can send off their children as cherry blossoms fall from the branches.

  • 'I will do my best' is a favorite Japanese expression, and, in, Japan, one's best must be very, very good.

  • One thing living in Japan did for me was to make me feel that what is left out of a work of art is as important as, if not more important than, what is put in.

  • One must learn, if one is to see the beauty in Japan, to like an extraordinarily restrained and delicate loveliness.