This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 Excerpt: ...neighbors, standing out with its clear outline marked distinctly against the blue sky, and looking the patriarch it is, ever watchful over its country. Beneath, at our feet, as it were, the Plains of Heaven, with the pretty village of Kanazawa nestling in its bosom. Nothing in Japan or elsewhere can surpass the scenery as viewed at this point. Kanazawa. As a rule a short stop is made here to give the horses or coolies a moment to breathe and the riders time to indulge in a glass of beer. Kanazawa, once the stronghold of one of the great daimio, where to this day can be seen the site upon which his castle stood, and the remains of the fortifications which once surrounded it, is situated on the eastern shore of Goldsborough Inlet. When Kamakura was the Eastern Capital of Japan, Kanazawa was a very important town. In the time of the Hojo family, many curious laws or edicts were enacted, which are still observed by the people of the neighbourhood. The tombs of Hojo Akitoki and his son Sadatoki are to be found at this place. The former is said to have established the celebrated school of Chinese literature, and the large library which formerly existed here. The large temple in the village is worth a visit. At this place are to be seen in their glory the finest flowers grown in Japan. They are peonies, and their gorgeous beauty is exceeded by no other blossoms to be found in the land. The plants are of an average height of about six feet, and have been furnishing their wealth of beauty these three hundred years. The peonies are in full flower during the month of April, the later buds not opening until the first days of May. They are of different colors, some white, streaked with delicate shades of pink, deepening into bright hues of scarlet, with stamens variegat...
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