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Tokyo on Foot: Travels in the City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods

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Description

Publication Date: 10 June 2011
This prize-winning book is both an illustrated tour of a Tokyo rarely seen in Japan travel guides and an artist's warm, funny, visually rich, and always entertaining graphic memoir.

Florent Chavouet, a young graphic artist, spent six months exploring Tokyo while his girlfriend interned at a company there. Each day he would set forth with a pouch full of color pencils and a sketchpad, and visit different neighborhoods. This stunning book records the city that he got to know during his adventures. It isn't the Tokyo of packaged tours and glossy guidebooks, but a grittier, vibrant place, full of ordinary people going about their daily lives and the scenes and activities that unfold on the streets of a bustling metropolis.

Here you find businessmen and businesswomen, hipsters, students, grandmothers, shopkeepers, police officers, and other urban types and tribes in all manner of dress and hairstyles. A temple nestles among skyscrapers; the corner grocery anchors a diverse assortment of dwellings, cafes, and shops--often tangled in electric lines.

The artist mixes styles and tags his pictures with wry comments and observations. Realistically rendered advertisements or posters of pop stars contrast with cartoon sketches of iconic objects or droll vignettes, like a housewife walking her pet pig, a Godzilla statue in a local park, and an urban fishing pond that charges 400 yen per half hour.

This very personal guide to Tokyo is organized by neighborhood with hand-drawn maps that provide an overview of each neighborhood, but what defines them is what caught the artist's eye and attracted his formidable drawing talent. Florent Chavouet begins his introduction by observing that, "Tokyo is said to be the most beautiful of ugly cities." With wit, a playful sense of humor, and the multicolor pencils of his kit, he sets aside the question of urban ugliness or beauty and captures the Japanese essence of a great city in this genuinely vital portrait.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 4805311371

ISBN-13: 9784805311370

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Paperback: 206 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 25.15 x 18.54 x 2.03 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.57 Kg

Periplus Bestseller Rank:
#93 in Books
#2 in Books » Comic Literature
#1 in Books » Travel » Asia

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11 customer reviews  Between 3−4 stars rating,  22 May 2018
Great and I was amazed by it.
By: Ulil Amri

I always dream of what is it like to live in Tokyo and this book sends me to the most amazing and, at the same time, magical feeling. The illustation of the dailylife is superb. It's like reading a fun memoar of a very usual human being in a very normal unusual place.

This book is perfect.

11 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  16 April 2018
Easy and Fun
By: Emier Sadiq

reading this book is giving me a personal flashbacks when i was walking on the streets and suburbs of Tokyo

11 customer reviews  Between 3−4 stars rating,  18 December 2017
Cute Illustration
By: Fitria Permatasari Rahardjo

Really love the watercolor illustrations. This book is a must have if you love Japan's culture.

11 customer reviews  Between 2−3 stars rating,  12 March 2015
Broaden The Perspective About Tokyo
By: Cintantya Sotya Ratri

This book describes Tokyo meticolously, satire-y and funny. The Author draw the colorful city map, people on the street, police officer (and the bad experiences happened to him there), his tiny shared-house with the neighborhoods, Japanese disgusting creatures, and striking buildings. You can't read recommendations for living, food, etc, like a common city guide book. Because it's not a city guide book, indeed. But, it will tell you about how it feels to be foreigner from Western country in Tokyo for 6 months and what he found there.

11 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  11 November 2014
Tokyo on Foot
By: ForeWord Reviews

[Tokyo on Foot] will make readers with wanderlust wish to drop their everyday responsibilities and trek through a foreign city. It will appeal to the armchair traveler who yearns for a bit of the exotic, the wanderer who wants to someday visit the Land of the Rising Sun, and, indeed, anyone who appreciates the marriage of grit and beauty, self-deprecating wit, and losing oneself in good pictures for a while.

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