May. 31st, 2010

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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! Just pick up whatever is closest!

"The edges of the longer sides of the ordinary mats are bound with a narrow strip of black linen, as before remarked. In the houses of the nobles this border strip has figures worked into it in black and white, as may be seen by reference to Japanese illustrated books showing interiors. These mats fit tightly, and the floor upon which they rest, never being in sight, is generally made of rough boards with open joints. The mat, as you step upon it, yields slightly to the pressure of the foot; and old mats get to be slightly uneven and somewhat hard from continual use."

'Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings' by Edward S Morse.

Like marchwarden I have a pile of books very close by, but this one is shoved on the top of the shelf and is also small and very grabbable! In fact it's my book of choice when it's 'OMG I need a small and interesting book to shove in my small bag because I am gonna be waiting for a lift/doctors surgery/on a train, quick which one?' kind of thing.

Plus it's bloody brilliant and the BEST book on Japanese domestic architecture there is. Ever. Published in 1887 and a highly detailed volume of Morse's extremely thorough notes and illustrations from his travels in Japan. Honestly, if anyone has ANY interest whatsoever in not only Japanese architecture but way of life, especially during that period and before, as little had changed, then GET IT! It's also an amazingly easy read.

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