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Clueless in Tokyo: An Explorer's Sketchbook of Weird and Wonderful Things in Japan

Paperback - 16 September 2014
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A perfect introduction to Japan and Japanese culture, this illustrated culture and travel guide contains loads of original drawings as well as the Japanese script for key words and phrases.

Some people take photos, but artist Betty Reynolds captures memories with her paintbrush and watercolors. Clueless in Tokyo provides an outsider's take on everyday life in Japan's capital city--a place where vending machines talk, toilets can be terrifying, and centuries-old festivals unfold against a backdrop of space-age architecture. During the seven years Reynolds lived in Japan, she filled thirty sketchbooks with everything that caught her eye. Whether it's fashion, food, sport, transport, seasonal rituals, or Japanese pastimes, each vibrant sketch is a delight, and Reynolds' witty hand-lettered captions in both Japanese and English provide an entertaining resource for beginning learners of the Japanese language.

Adult students and travelers alike will find this Japan travel guide to be a charming and insightful addition to their trip.

Customer Reviews

5 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 26 May 2020
By: Helene Rose

Very useful for tourist in Japan, the book a bit dirty

5 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 15 January 2015
Capturing the joy
By: Dr. Bob Tobin

Betty Reynolds has succeeded in capturing the joy, beauty and customs of Japan, and she has done it with magnificent imagery and a gorgeous script.—Dr. Bob Tobin, author of What Do You Want to Create Today?

5 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 15 January 2015
You need clueless
By: Brian Ashcraft

Feel lost in Tokyo? Don't know what's going on? You need Clueless in Tokyo. This colorful guide will, ahem, clue you in to the city's sights and sounds.—Brian Ashcraft, author of Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential

5 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 15 January 2015
This book is not only ‘pretty’
By: Uncovering Japan

For the picture-oriented traveler to Japan, this should absolutely be in your suitcase. (It’s light enough, so no worries there.) Take it with you to the sushi bar and use the page that describes every type of fish you may eat in full color. Take it with you to the flea market so you can identify your bargains. Take it with you to your ryokan, so you know exactly how to act on that trip to the public bath. This book is not only ‘pretty’, but useful as well. And boy, does it make me wish I could draw!

5 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 15 January 2015
It's a fun little book

What is the book? It's an illustrated glossary of Japanese terms, both in English and Japanese. It's essentially an artfully drawn Japanese-English picture dictionary. And “Clueless in Tokyo” does deserve a place in the libraries of students of Japanese – both casual and serious. It's a fun little book with lively and brightly colored stretches of nearly every aspect of Japanese daily life and tradition. Reynolds dissects the many dishes of a ryokan ryori (those elaborate meals you get when you stay in a traditional Japanese inn), she breaks down what's in those street corner vending machines (the food, the drink, and the porn), and she sifts through the styles of sumo. She does this for pretty much every major aspect of Japanese life. Clueless in Tokyo” is both a solid reference guide and a comical softcover for the coffee table.

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