Hiroshige's Japan

Art
$29.99
Current Stock:
SKU:
9784805316290
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
ISBN:
9784805316290
Format:
Hardcover, Jacketed
Date Published:
10/12/2021
Illustrations:
over 200 color illustrations
Number of Pages:
160
Trim Size:
10 1/2 X 9

Journey along the famed Tokaido Road—an ancient thoroughfare with a modern twist.

The great 19th century Japanese woodblock artist Utagawa Hiroshige made the trip along Japan's old Tokaido Road in 1832. Along the way, he documented his journey with a series of 53 masterful prints depicting stops along the route. Though the road itself is now submerged under Japan's twenty-first-century urban landscape, French artist Philippe Delord set out to retrace Hiroshige's pilgrimage with just a moped, sketchbook, watercolors and a book of Hiroshige's prints.

Hiroshige's Japan allows readers to make the journey alongside Delord, venturing from Tokyo and Mount Fuji to mountain passes and rugged coastlines. Inside are all 53 original scenery prints made by Hiroshige, alongside their modern-day equivalent by Delord. A lively commentary about his experiences as he tries to locate each of the 53 scenes (without speaking Japanese!) offers readers an insightful, and often humorous, look into both modern and historical Japan.

Part travelogue, part work of art, this book is sure to delight armchair travelers, history buffs, art enthusiasts and Japanophiles alike!


About the Author:
Philippe Delord was born in France in 1961. His first travel adventures took place by flashlight beneath his bedcovers with the stories of Jack London, Jules Verne and James Oliver Curwood, all of which inspired in him a longing to travel. In 1999 he traveled to Egypt, following the trail of eighteenth century artist and traveler Louis-Francois Cassas; in 2002 he traced the footsteps of writer-adventurer Henry de Monfried through the countries bordering the Red Sea, and from 2013 onwards he made several visits to Japan to explore the ancient Tokaido Road, and recorded his findings in Hiroshige's Japan. He sketches from life using pencil and watercolor, and has exhibited his work in Paris and Geneva.