“Agriculture and Gardening in Japan”
(c.1835), the sixth and seventh (final) paragraphs of an adapted article about the
still mostly-closed Asian island nation, read thus:
"Most of the natives of Japan take great delight in their gardens, and cultivate with
much care, many kinds of flowers, and plant flowering-shrubs before their houses, and
also form hedges of shrubs about their forms, on account of their beautiful blossoms.
Nothing can exceed the beauty of the hedges of the maples indigenous to this country.
1 The Saturday Magazine
(London: John William Parker), Vol. 6, No. 182, May 2, 1835, pg.
"Under the Direction of the Committee of General Literature and Education Appointed
by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge." The price for this
periodical was one penny. The original article in
Paxton's from which this was
adapted has not yet been tracked down by RJB.