Baby and Baby

Mortimer Menpes



Source: Japan, A Record in Colour, facing p. 134

"It is in the children that the national artistic and poetic nature of the Japanese people most assuredly finds expression. Each little one expresses in its tiny dress some conception, some idea or thought, dear to the mother, some particular aspect of the national ideals" (137). Menpes was touched by the sight of sisters, still children themselves, carrying their siblings on their backs as if they were already mothers. — Jacqueline Banerjee

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