Suggestions for the Study of the Japanese Language. Henry P. Bowie.

Suggestions for the Study of the Japanese Language

Yokohama: Printed at the "Japan Gazette" Office, 1897. First Edition. Octavo; (ii); 20pp. Some soiling and wear, two pages at rear with 1" tape-repaired closed tears, else a Very Good copy in publisher's yellow printed string-tied wrappers. Henry Pike Bowie was an American lawyer, artist, author, Japanologist, and diplomat who created 'the largest privately owned "authentic" Japanese garden ('Higurashi-en') in the United States (on the National Register of Historic Places) on the border of Hillsborough and San Mateo. Bowie first visited Japan in 1893 and returned in 1894, residing with the Hirano family of Yokohama. During this period, he devoted himself to practicing his Japanese language skills, studying Japanese painting, and broadening his understanding of Japanese culture. He studied painting and, after perfecting the style, Bowie won awards for his pictures at public exhibitions, and the emperor acquired two of his paintings. Bowie, along with Stanford University's president, David Starr Jordan, was a co-founder in 1905 of the Japan Society of Northern California, serving as the society's first president. (wiki) A rare pamphlet; WorldCat locates no copies in institutional holdings. Item #20477

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