Book: Seeing Japan

Before we left Japan to return home to Canada last year, we bought a 3 book set containing Seeing Japan, Seeing Tokyo and Seeing Kyoto. This set was published by Kodansha International in 2005, about 100 pages and a cost of US$25 each.


Seeing Japan is written by Charles Whipple and an excellent book describing all the regions or islands of Japan, containing a number of full-color pictures.


Seeing Tokyo is written by Kaori Shoji, covering most of the districts or areas which make up the Tokyo metropolis, where we lived for over 2 1/2 years. Just like the other books in this series, there are a number of full—color pictures and brings back many good memories.


Seeing Kyoto is written by Juliet Carpenter, capturing the essence of this ancient and traditional city, the former capital of Japan.

Overall, this is a very nice coffee table book set and sits on the coffee table in our living room.

6 thoughts on “Book: Seeing Japan

  1. Looks like it’s a nice set of books. I should see if I could find it at the bookstore. I’ve been tempted to buy a Yokohama photo book dedicated to Minato Mirai 21’s construction.

  2. Hi Bartman905, I wasn’t sure of the best way to get in contact with you, but I was wondering if I could use a photo from your blog in one of my Tumblr posts describing what a Doujinshi circle is. You have a beautiful picture from Comiket 2009 and it would be absolutely perfect.

    May I have your permission? Here is a link to the photo:

    • Thank you for subscribing to my blog. I will also subscribe to yours and follow your posts as it brings back fond memories to almost 4 years ago when we first arrived and settled in Tokyo.

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