"Their way of writing is very different from ours because they write from the top of the page down to the bottom. I asked Paul (Anjiro) why they did not write in our way and he asked me why we did not write in their way? He explained that as the head of a man is at the top and his feet are at the bottom, so too a man should write from top to bottom."

St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552)

source: Cooper, They Came to Japan, pg. 180

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