Modern Living: Cosmopolitan-san

A man away from home need feel no shame.

—Ancient Japanese proverb

That philosophy has been carried to an extreme by the Japanese, whose exquisite courtesy in their homes has long been matched by their exuberance abroad. The splendid prints of Artist Hiroshige (1797-1858), for example, chronicle the raffish behavior of long-ago Japanese travelers getting roaring drunk, raising havoc and chasing pretty maids all over the inn.

The passage of centuries has had little effect. As more and more Japanese tourists flood abroad (1,000,000 in 1970, 1,300,000 anticipated this year), their behavior can be...

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