Japan As They Saw It

A humiliating fact

    It is a humiliating fact to relate, but out of our pleasant party of five, three are light weights, while the Major and I weigh about 29 stone between us, and stand over six feet in height. On emerging every morning from the hotel, the thirty or so coolie men crowd round and courteously invite the “lighter weights” to take seat in their “rickshas,” while we two are left in the cold, and have to seat ourselves in the nearest vacant ones in the most ignominious manner.

George Henry Peters, Impressions of a Journey Round the World Including India, Burmah and Japan, 1897

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