Okakuba-K akuzo, the author of this work and of The I deals of the East, was bom in the year 1868. Having been, as he has said, from early youth fond of old things, after leaving college in 1880 he interested himself in the formation of clubs and societies for archaeological research. The Japanese Renaissance, begun at the end of the eighteenth century, suffered a brief check during the civil commotion following the opening of the country after the arrival of the American Commodore Perry. The work of Okakura was a resumption of that begun by the ear Uer scholars. In 1886 this scholarly yoimg enthusiast was sent to America and Europe as a commissioner to report on Western art education. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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