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… my cabin port-hole showed me two great grey rocks studded and streaked with green and crowned by two stunted blue-black pines. Below the rocks a boat, that might have been carved sandal-wood for colour and delicacy, was shaking out an ivory-white frilled sail to the wind of the morning. An indigo-blue boy with an old ivory face hauled on a rope. Rock and tree and boat made a panel from a Japanese screen, and I saw that the land was not a lie.


This is from From Sea to Sea Volume I No. XI.

Kipling arrives in Japan on his way home from India in 1889. The land and its people are a new experience, and a source of great delight for him.