The Japanese are almost vegetarians - not so much from choice perhaps as from necessity, though the eating of flesh is in a great degree forbidden to those who are religiously faithful. Fish is not among the prohibited articles of diet. Most of the flesh prepared for food is for the infidel. In 1880 in the whole of the Empire there were but 36,000 head of cattle slaughtered - the half of which was used by the foreigner. Nine-tenths of the food used consists of vegetables. Rice is the chief article - beans, peas, and sweet potatoes are largely consumed. A fourteen-pound radish is very popular, and numerous sea weeds are used as food. They are on the whole a very healthy race.