Travels in the Land of the Gods - 1898-1907

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Travels in the Land of the Gods - 1898-1907

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:52 am

NAME: aimee


Travels in the Land of the Gods - 1898-1907 The Japan Diaries of Richard Gordon Smith
edited by Victoria Manthorpe from Prentice Hall Press, New York.

Hey, have you guys seen this book? It's really really awesome.

Smith became a full-time traveler and spent a long amount of time in Japan... while there he kept really detailed diaries which include things as detailed as his review of a play he saw and how much he payed for a ticket... but also tons of vintage photos and drawings. What's so great about this is that you get a very clear feeling of how things actually were. (within reason, it of course is an Englishman's perspective.)

I really think you guys would enjoy it, seriously, find a copy. It's gorgeous just to flip through and has so many examples of real kitsuke from the period. Paintings of flowers he saw... paintings of netsuke... it's really charming. I was also pleased by all the photos of buildings and stores and such, too...
I'd photograph some... but... I have the Thanksgiving coma. I seriously doubt that anyone interested in vintage kitsuke or Japan of this time period would be disappointed in picking up this book.

GET IT. You'll love it. <3

You can see a few diary clips here:
http://www.phoenixbonsai.com/1900Refs/RGordonSmith.html

and this is the cover:
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Re: Travels in the Land of the Gods - 1898-1907

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:53 am

NAME: buyoka


I love travel diaries. Is it a reprint?

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Re: Travels in the Land of the Gods - 1898-1907

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:53 am

NAME: aimee


Me too! This one has so many pictures though that it's particularly charming.

The copy I have was given to me by one of my husband's relatives, it was sitting in their house for a long time, I think! Who knows! Me being the Japanophile of the family, they sent it to me. I was all "how have I never heard of this book?!" :lovelove

the inside cover says it was printed in 1986, originally published in Great Britain in 1986 as "The Japan Diaries of Richard Gordon Smith".

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Re: Travels in the Land of the Gods - 1898-1907

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:54 am

NAME: Kokoro


Oh aimee, this book sounds great :)

At amazon I can find 2 Versions:
Travels in the Land of the Gods: The Japan Diaries of Richard Gordon Smith (Hardcover)
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall Trade; 1st Prenti edition (October 1986)

The Japan Diaries of Richard Gordon Smith (Hardcover)
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Viking; Reissue edition (October 1, 1986)

Sounds like the same but I´m not sure

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Re: Travels in the Land of the Gods - 1898-1907

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:54 am

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most likely the same book, it was originally published in England and then later republished... (but I'm just guessing as to whether they are the same... but it didn't say anything about a revamp when it was republished.)

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