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    DescriptionThis prize-winning book is both an illustrated tour of a Tokyo rarely seen in 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 business men and women, hipsters, students, grandmothers, shopkeepers, policemen, 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 really 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 truly vital portrait.


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    Title
    Tokyo on Foot
    Subtitle
    Travels in the City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Florent Chavouet
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 185 mm
    Height: 251 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9784805311370
    ISBN 10: 4805311371
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: GV
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPJ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23690
    B&T General Subject: 800
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000, SOC005000
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    Libri: I-GV
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 69
    Ingram Theme: CULT/JAPANS
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A33800000, A19242000
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003050
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 07
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPJ
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 915.2/135045, 915.2135045
    BISAC V2.8: CGN007000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: DS896.35 .C4413 2011
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    Edition statement
    Translation
    Illustrations note
    Full-Colour Illustrations throughout
    Publisher
    Tuttle Shokai Inc
    Imprint name
    Tuttle Shokai Inc
    Publication date
    06 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Kanagawa
    Author Information
    Florent Chavouet is a young graphic artist and author living in Paris. When he returned from Japan, he realized that all the observing and sketching he had done in Tokyo led to his evolution as an artist. This is his first book. florentchavouet.com
    Review quote
    "This stunning book records the city that [Florent Chavouet] got to know during his adventures, a gritty, vibrant place, full of ordinary people going about their daily lives. Realistically rendered city views or posters of pop stars contrast with cartoon sketches of iconic objects or droll vignettes...With wit, a playful sense of humor, and the colored pencils of his kit, Chavouet sets aside the question of urban ugliness or beauty and captures the Japanese essence of a great city."—Japan Today