A Year in Japan

A Year in Japan

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Grand Central Pub
The Land of the Rising Sun is shining brightly across the American cultural landscape. Recent films such asLost in Translation and Memoirs of a Geisha seem to have made everyone an expert on Japan, even if they've never been there. But the only way for a Westerner to get to know the real Japan is to become a part of it. Kate T. Williamson did just that, spending a year experiencing, studying, and re?ecting on her adopted home. She brings her keen observations to us inA Year in Japan, a dramatically different look at a delightfully different way of life.

Avoiding the usual clichés--Japan's polite society, its unusual fashion trends, its crowded subways--Williamson focuses on some lesser-known aspects of the country and culture. In stunning watercolors and piquant texts, she explains the terms used to order various amounts of tofu, the electric rugs found in many Japanese homes, and how to distinguish a maiko from a geisha. She observes sumo wrestlers in traditional garb as they use ATMs, the wonders of "Santaful World" at a Kyoto department store, and the temple carpenters who spend each Sunday dancing to rockabilly. A Year in Japan is a colorful journey to the beauty, poetry, and quirkiness of modern Japana book not just to look at but to experience.

Baker & Taylor
Colorful impressions of a young woman's extended visit in Kyoto, Japan.

Book News
New York City-based writer and illustrator Williamson shares discoveries about Japan and its culture based on a recent year spent in Kyoto as a postgraduate student. The text combines the author's colorful illustrations with brief descriptions presented in a script-style text. The end result is a charming, journal-like publication in which Williamson reflects on some of the lesser-known, everyday aspects of traditional and--especially--popular Japanese culture. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Instead of discussing the obvious - Japan's polite society, its unusual fashion trends, its crowded subways - Kate T. Williamson focuses on some lesser-known aspects of the country and culture. In watercolors and texts, she explains the terms used to order various amounts of tofu, the electric rugs found in many Japanese homes, and how to distinguish a maiko from a geisha. She observes sumo wrestlers in traditional garb as they use ATMs, and the temple carpenters who spend each Sunday dancing to rockabilly. This book provides a colorful journey to the beauty, poetry, and quirkiness of modern Japan. It is a book not just to look at but to experience.

Hachette Book Group
The Land of the Rising Sun is shining brightly across the American cultural landscape. Recent films such as Lost in Translation and Memoirs of a Geisha seem to have made everyone an expert on Japan, even if they've never been there. But the only way for a Westerner to get to know the real Japan is to become a part of it. Kate T. Williamson did just that, spending a year experiencing, studying, and reflecting on her adopted home. She brings her keen observations to us in A Year in Japan, a dramatically different look at a delightfully different way of life.

Avoiding the usual clichés--Japan's polite society, its unusual fashion trends, its crowded subways--Williamson focuses on some lesser-known aspects of the country and culture. In stunning watercolors and piquant texts, she explains the terms used to order various amounts of tofu, the electric rugs found in many Japanese homes, and how to distinguish a maiko from a geisha. She observes sumo wrestlers in traditional garb as they use ATMs, the wonders of "Santaful World" at a Kyoto department store, and the temple carpenters who spend each Sunday dancing to rockabilly. A Year in Japan is a colorful journey to the beauty, poetry, and quirkiness of modern Japana book not just to look at but to experience.

Baker
& Taylor

Collects some of the author's impressions of her extended visit in Kyoto, Japan, told through watercolors and text.

Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781568985404
1568985401
Branch Call Number: 952 W731y
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm

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Rebecca_Kohn May 03, 2018

This travel memoir has the added benefit of being a visual diary. Kate Williamson provides illustrations and descriptions of small details and large scenes, ranging from tiny fossils to views from an airplane window. Her interest and exploration of Japanese culture creates an inviting journey. ... Read More »


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Rebecca_Kohn May 03, 2018

This travel memoir has the added benefit of being a visual diary. Kate Williamson provides illustrations and descriptions of small details and large scenes, ranging from tiny fossils to views from an airplane window. Her interest and exploration of Japanese culture creates an inviting journey. Don't miss the exquisite watercolor of a koi pond on the last pages!

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mammothhawk229e
Apr 12, 2018

Charming graphic novel of her year long observations & drawings of Japanese culture.

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booksteve
May 02, 2012

This book is a wonderful piece of artwork and the author has supplied delightful commentary about aspects of Japanese life. The printing of the book is also a marvel, with many watercolor illustrations that range from the whimsical to the profound. Highly recommended for the person who secretly longs to travel "across a bridge of dreams".

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