Band practice, Japanese Army


Band practice, Japanese Army



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The Japanese army was organized after the pattern of the Germany army, and it is wonderful how quick the Japanese were to learn not only the outward form but the living spirit of the great organization of their masters. Only in one single respect they have been unable to imitate or to improve upon their model, and that is in the line of the regimental music brought to such a high standard in music-loving Germany, where every regiment has its full military band, under a well-trained, talented leader. This the Japanese did not even attempt to imitate, and wisely so. At Port Arthur they had one such band, which played for the generals at luncheon and for the convalescents in the field hospitals, but very quiet music, avoiding the military, the dramatic and the inspiriting. Of these the Japanese had no need. With them war was business ; cool, rational business, in which enthusiasm has no place.


1 stereograph. 2 photomechanical prints on stereo card : halftone, stereograph, color ; 9 x 18 cm


1905 Ingersoll, T.W.
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Barry, Richard and Barry, Richard (photographer), “Band practice, Japanese Army,” Monash Collections Online, accessed June 14, 2024,

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