Sparingly, 1905

“The Japanese say that no one should use the word ‘grand’ until he has seen Nikko; the word ‘beautiful’ should be used in America sparingly until one has sailed through Lake George over one of the most charming inland seas in the world and stopped at Silver Bay, the new conference resort.”

— “Beautiful Silver Bay on Lake George: The New Home for Helpful Summer Conferences” by John Bancroft Devine, D.D., in The New York Observer, July 27, 1905

Note: Nikkō is a city in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, blessed with historic architecture, hot springs, waterfalls and scenic trails. The saying “Never say ‘kekko’ until you’ve seen Nikko” — ‘kekko’ meaning beautiful, magnificent or ‘I am satisfied’ — is a reflection of the area’s beauty.


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