BD. Edmund Blunden

13. ‘A Tokyo Secret: The Tokugawa Mausoleums at Shiba’. Japan Advertiser, 23 November 1926, p. 4.

A prose appreciation of the mausoleums at Shiba, the ‘Shrine of the Seventh Tokugawa’, and the area surrounding, one of the ‘few beautiful and sequestered loitering places in modern Tokyo’. Includes special attention to the ‘mysterious ornament’ and ‘fantastic forms’ of the wood carvings, a response in contrast to similar carvings in Oriental Ornamentations (12). The buildings and carvings Blunden praises here were destroyed eighteen years later in the American firebombing of Tokyo. Reprinted in 42 and 69.







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