The Japanese Drawing Room: Victorian Travellers in Japan

The Japanese Drawing Room: Victorian Travellers in Japan

by Sakura Mizuki, Sean Michael Wilson, Shaun Garner
     
 
A true story set in Meiji-era Japan, which combines the visual appeal of manga with a well-researched historical account. A foreign couple travels throughout Japan, seeing many interesting aspects of life - like beautiful girls in Kyoto and a parade for the Emperor in Yokohama. They come across fascinating aspects of Japanese history, like the 47 Ronin, who committed

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A true story set in Meiji-era Japan, which combines the visual appeal of manga with a well-researched historical account. A foreign couple travels throughout Japan, seeing many interesting aspects of life - like beautiful girls in Kyoto and a parade for the Emperor in Yokohama. They come across fascinating aspects of Japanese history, like the 47 Ronin, who committed suicide after avenging their dead Samurai master. Mizuki's artwork on this book reaches a new level of beauty and sophistication.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
In 1885, Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes of Bournemouth, England, toured Japan for seven weeks, acquiring many works of art and souvenirs. After they returned home, they displayed those items in a small museum that became known as the Japanese Drawing Room. In an innovative move, the mounters of a forthcoming exhibition of the collection have commissioned this cross-cultural manga, written in English and illustrated by a Japanese artist and based on the couple's memoirs of their Japanese trip (primarily Annie's book Westward from the Golden Gate). During their sojourn, the couple saw evidence of Japan's rapid modernization, but they explored beyond this and learned much about traditional Japanese culture. Featuring naturalistic artwork, the style is straightforward, hewing so closely to Annie's journal that it even reproduces her mistakes, which are corrected in an informative glossary. An introduction by Garner, a curator at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, also provides helpful historical background. This will interest students of Japanese history; recommended for teens and adults.-S.R. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780905173801
Publisher:
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
Publication date:
04/19/2006
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)

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