Tokyo on Foot Travels in the City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods

Tokyo on Foot
  • Engels
  • Losbladig
  • 9784805311370
  • Druk: 1
  • juni 2011
  • 208 pagina's
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This prize-winning book is both an illustrated tour of a Tokyo rarely seen in Japan travel guides and an artist's warm, funny, visually rich, and always entertaining graphic memoir. Florent Chavouet, a young graphic artist, spent six months exploring Tokyo while his girlfriend interned at a company there. Each day he would set forth with a pouch full of color pencils and a sketchpad, and visit different neighborhoods. This stunning book records the city that he got to know during his adventures. It isn't the Tokyo of packaged tours and glossy guidebooks, but a grittier, vibrant place, full of ordinary people going about their daily lives and the scenes and activities that unfold on the streets of a bustling metropolis. Here you find businessmen and businesswomen, hipsters, students, grandmothers, shopkeepers, police officers, and other urban types and tribes in all manner of dress and hairstyles. A temple nestles among skyscrapers; the corner grocery anchors a diverse assortment of dwellings, cafes, and shops-often tangled in electric lines. The artist mixes styles and tags his pictures with wry comments and observations. Realistically rendered advertisements or posters of pop stars contrast with cartoon sketches of iconic objects or droll vignettes, like a housewife walking her pet pig, a Godzilla statue in a local park, and an urban fishing pond that charges 400 yen per half hour. This very personal guide to Tokyo is organized by neighborhood with hand-drawn maps that provide an overview of each neighborhood, but what defines them is what caught the artist's eye and attracted his formidable drawing talent. Florent Chavouet begins his introduction by observing that, Tokyo is said to be the most beautiful of ugly cities. With wit, a playful sense of humor, and the multicolor pencils of his kit, he sets aside the question of urban ugliness or beauty and captures the Japanese essence of a great city in this genuinely vital portrait.

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Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Losbladig
Druk
1
Verschijningsdatum
juni 2011
Afmetingen
Afmeting: 25,4 x 18,4 x 1,9 cm
Aantal pagina's
208 pagina's
Illustraties
Nee

Betrokkenen

Auteur(s)
Florent Chavouet
Illustrator
Florent Chavouet

EAN

EAN
9784805311370

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Extra groot lettertype
Nee
Gewicht
633 g
Studieboek
Nee
Verpakking breedte
184 mm
Verpakking hoogte
22 mm
Verpakking lengte
256 mm

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  • Heel leuk illustratie boek
    • State-of-the art

    Uniek en erg mooi boek over een jaar verblijf in Tokyo. Erg knap getekend.

  • A graphic view of this most beautiful of ugly cities!
    • Veel verrassende tips
    • Rijk geillustreerd
    • uniek
    • geen reisgids!

    No, Tokyo is not a pretty city. In fact it is decidedly ugly. French artist Florent Chavouet spent 6 months cycling through Tokyo while his girlfriend worked there, spending his days drawing the city and its inhabitants as it is. The result is a shockingly honest and delightfully funny report of this 'most beautiful of ugly cities'. If you want to know what Tokyo is REALLY like, but don't have the opportunity to go there yourself (or your rose-coloured glasses need a tweak from your memories of your stay there), this is the book for you.
    Delightful! Even the Japanese people I showed it to couldn't help but smile and admit that this book was more truthful than any tourguide you buy.

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