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MORAL LIFE OF THE JAPANESE.

The moral education of Japanese children is conducted partly at home and partly in school, and is based largely upon the teachings of the history of the country. Intrepid valor, zeal, sobriety, directness of speech, extreme courtesy, implicit obedience to parents and superiors, and deferential reverence and regard for old age—

PSM V43 D345 Inner gate leading to the tomb of shogun tokugawa in shiba tokyo.jpg
The Inner Gate leading to the Tomb of the Shōgun Tokugawa. Shiba, Tokyo.

these are among the chief characteristics looked for in boys: while industry, gentleness, faithfulness, and cheerful demeanor are required of girls.

Little or no importance is attached to the religious training of children. Whether the parents be Buddhists or Shintoists it