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From such light senryu poetry, limited to 17 Japanese syllables, and their strictly modular architecture, down to the way farmers bundle hay as if it were a semiprecious material, the Japanese are artists to their fingertips, and their tight little island is a showcase for the crafts.
Early in their history, the Japanese learned to conserve the natural mate rials of their narrow archipelago, and their arts reflect this economy. A rice bowl, a fob (or netsuke), a lantern, kites and kimonoseach became a masterpiece of workmanship. In fact, not until the late 19th century was...