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An Artistic Aspect

In a 1917 Improvement Era article, A. Ray Olpin described how missionaries in Japan adapted their conversational styles and gestures to the host country’s customs of politeness as they went door to door with gospel tracts. Knocking on a door in Japan was simply not the same as knocking on a door in Europe or North America, he emphasized. “House-to-house tracting, simple though it may be in western countries, of necessity assumes an artistic aspect in this far eastern ‘Land of the Rising Sun.’”


A. Ray Olpin, “The Art of Tracting in Japan,” Improvement Era, Nov. 1917, 41–44