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Japan A Record in Colour by Dorothy Menpes is a captivating and visually stunning journey through the Land of the Rising Sun. The book takes readers on a vibrant and immersive exploration, showcasing the rich traditions, breathtaking landscapes, and unique cultural aspects of Japan.

Through Menpes' skillful narration and her husband's brilliant colored illustrations, the book offers a glimpse into the traditional daily life of the Japanese people during the early 20th century. The author's observations and experiences provide a fascinating narrative that offers both historical context and personal anecdotes, creating an engaging and informative read.

One of the book's standout features is the vivid and detailed artwork that accompanies each chapter. Menpes' husband, Mortimer, was a renowned artist, and his illustrations beautifully complement the author's words, capturing the essence and beauty of the landscapes, architecture, and people of Japan.

Menpes takes readers on a tour of major cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima, as well as lesser-known regions, revealing the diversity and complexity of Japanese culture. From serene temples and picturesque gardens to bustling marketplaces and vibrant festivals, the book provides a comprehensive snapshot of Japan's multifaceted identity.

The author also delves into the various art forms and traditional crafts that have shaped Japanese culture, including tea ceremonies, pottery, and kimono making. This exploration of craftsmanship adds depth to the narrative, emphasizing the importance of these traditions in Japanese society.

Moreover, Menpes' writing style is accessible and engaging, making the book suitable for both casual readers and those seeking a more academic understanding of Japan. The descriptive prose effortlessly transports readers to the places and moments described, allowing them to experience Japan through the author's eyes.

While the book predominantly focuses on the positive aspects of Japan, it does touch on some of the challenges and social issues faced by the country at the time. Menpes does not shy away from discussing topics such as poverty and the changing roles of women in Japanese society, providing a balanced perspective.

Japan A Record in Colour is a delightful fusion of art, storytelling, and cultural exploration. Menpes' passionate admiration for Japan shines through every page, and readers will undoubtedly come away with a deeper appreciation for the country's rich heritage and captivating beauty. Whether you are a lover of travel, history, or the arts, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking to discover the charm and allure of Japan.

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JAPAN

OTHER BEAUTIFUL BOOKS ON JAPAN

EACH CONTAINING FULL PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOUR

ANCIENT TALES AND FOLK LORE OF JAPAN

BY R. GORDON SMITH, F.R.G.S.

57 ILLUSTRATIONS BY JAPANESE ARTISTS

THE FLOWERS AND GARDENS OF JAPAN

DESCRIBED BY FLORENCE DU CANE

50 ILLUSTRATIONS BY ELLA DU CANE

"JAPAN"

In the "Peeps at Many Lands and Cities" Series

BY JOHN FINNEMORE

12 ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOUR

PEEPS AT THE HISTORY OF JAPAN

BY JOHN FINNEMORE

8 ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOUR AND NUMEROUS LINE DRAWINGS IN THE TEXT

PUBLISHED BY ADAM & CHARLES BLACK, 4, 5 AND 6 SOHO SQUARE, LONDON, W.

[Illustration: MISS POMEGRANATE]

JAPAN · A RECORD IN COLOUR BY MORTIMER MENPES · TRANSCRIBED BY DOROTHY MENPES · PUBLISHED BY ADAM & CHARLES BLACK · SOHO SQUARE · LONDON · W.

Published December 1901 Reprinted May 1902, January 1903, January 1904 January 1905

TO MY FRIEND

THE LADY EDWARD CECIL

TO WHOSE ENTHUSIASTIC SYMPATHY MY WORK IN JAPAN OWES SO MUCH OF THE SUCCESS IT HAS ATTAINED

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In this book I endeavour to present, with whatever skill of penmanship I may possess, my father's impressions of Japan... Continue reading book >>




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