One of the most striking features of that most curious of countries, Japan, is the singular scarcity of domestic animals. There you will never find the fields dotted with oxen or horses drawing the plough, for the Japanese are hardly acquainted with that time-honored tool and symbol of agriculture. Even to serve under the saddle does not come natural somehow to the Japanese horse—"a grudging, ungenerous animal, trying to human patience, with three movements (not by any means to be confounded with paces), a drag, a roll and a scramble." Horses and cows are only seen in cities and on the roads, as pack animals; there are no pastures sweet. Silence is here really a striking, magnificent feature of the rus beatum. The cone-shaped Mystic Fusiyama rises, dimly seen, in the midst of an awful quietness. No lowing herds wind o'er the lea; the barnyard fowl's is almost a voice
ASHMEAD AS. ON THE ABSENCE OF COW'S MILK FROM JAPAN: ITS BENEFICIAL CONSEQUENCES.Read in the Section of Diseases of Children, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Detroit, Mich., June, 1892. JAMA. 1893;XX(4):83–84. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420310001001
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