Japan 1900

Author(s): Sebastian Dobson; Sabine Arqué


The Golden Age of Travel neatly overlaps with the reign of the Emperor Meiji, which began in 1868 with the overthrow of a feudal order that had kept Japan secluded from the outside world for more than 200 years. In the ensuing four-and-a-half decades, Japan became a less remote and more attractive destination for the international traveler and a popular subject for photographers, both Japanese and foreign. In 600 pages, this XXL book presents 800 vintage images of Japan in their original tones, texts by a specialist in early Japanese photography, and extensive commentary through thematic sections exploring traditions as varied as tea, silk and Buddhism, as well as itineraries across five regions, all of which guide the reader through this captivating land. Our travels take us from the enchanting vistas of Nagasaki to the sea-girt shrine of Miyajima, long esteemed among the 'Three Views' considered the most beautiful in Japan; from the rambling streets of Kobe to the energetic bustle of Osaka; from the cornucopia of historic sights in the ancient cities of Kyoto and Nara to the twin delights of shopping and sex in the vibrant modern port of Yokohama; from the timeless beauty of Mount Fuji and the mountainside scenery of nearby Hakone to the urban melange of Japan's modern capital, where the traditions of Edo and the modernity of Tokyo co-existed; and, finally, from the jewel-like architecture of Nikko set amidst forests and waterfalls to the islet-studded bay of Matsushima, until our journey ends in the remote wilds of Hokkaido, home to the indigenous Ainu.


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  • : 9783836573566
  • : taschen
  • : taschen
  • : 6.29904
  • : July 2020
  • : {"length"=>["15.55"], "width"=>["11.42"], "units"=>["Inches"]}
  • : books

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  • : Sebastian Dobson; Sabine Arqué
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 592