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Japanese Babies.

The Japanese baby is a funny, brown creature with snapping black eyes, and a full crop of stiff, black hair. That is, he would have a full crop if his mother did not shave his head, sometimes as bare as a croquet ball, but oftener into, all sorts of fancy patterns. A. favorite fashion 'is to leave two little tults at the sides, and a larger one about ihe size of a saucer on the top of his head. He is seldom carried in his mother's . arms as an Australian baby is, put as soon as he is two or three month's old he commences his travels in the world "pick- . aback " on the shodl'dera of an older brother or sister. Japanese children) as well as the grown-up people, all wear a loose garment called a " kimono," opened in front, with wide sleeves, very much like a dressing gown, which, as it has no buttons, is tied dh by means of a long sash wound several times round the waist. The kimono is so loose that the baby can be tucked inside and tied on with the sash) and thus he is carried around, peeping curiously with bright black eyes over his sister'a shoulder at the great new world. Asleep, his poor little shaven head bobs helplessly around and the glare of the sun beats on his upturned face. His little body is entirely covered by the kimono, and the children, when they are carrying their small brothers and sisters, look as they were twoheaded. But they play tag and prisoner's base, and fly kites and play ball just the same, whether they carry the baby or not. And he seems to enjoy it, too, for he hardly ever cries, but when the game is especially lively he will laugh and crow as though he. understood it all. As sopn as he is old enough to walk ho takes his turn at bringing up the baby next younger than himself. So you See that being a child in Japan is muoh like an everlasting game of leapfrog, for while the i baby at first can ride upon the backs of the older children, aa soon as he lands on his own feet tie must take his turn and lend his shoulders to the next one in line.

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Japanese Babies., Mataura Ensign, Issue 400, 17 February 1898

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Japanese Babies. Mataura Ensign, Issue 400, 17 February 1898

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