Simplicity is the key-note of the Japanese home-life, and because of it Japan, as an empire, has been able to endure and grow strong under such adverse circumstances as might have wiped it out of existence had it been endowed or cursed, with our modern civilization. Every family has a home. There are no boarding-houses, and the hotels which are comparatively few, considering the size of the population, are used only by travelers. A stay of a couple of weeks at a hotel is considered a long time.
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From General Nelson A. Miles
Thrilling Stories of The Russian-Japanese War, 1904