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EPOCHS OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE ART, by Ernest F. Fenollosa. A facsimile of the 1913 edition. New York, Tokyo, Osaka: ICG Muse, Inc. 440 pp., with original plates, 2,100 yen.

Ernest Fenollosa, the man who taught the West about traditional Japanese art, first came to Japan in 1878, when he was invited to teach philosophy and political economy at Tokyo University. In 1886, he resigned and accepted a contract with the Ministry of Education and the Imperial household. That left him with more time to follow his real interest — saving Japanese art.

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