A Year in Japan

A Year in Japan

Book - 2006
Average Rating:
Rate this:
The Land of the Rising Sun is shining brightly across the American cultural landscape. Recent films such as Lost in Translation and Memoirs of a Geisha seem to have made everyone an expert on Japan, even if they've never been there. But the only way for a Westerner to get to know the real Japan is to become a part of it. Kate T. Williamson did just that, spending a year experiencing, studying, and reflecting on her adopted home. She brings her keen observations to us in A Year in Japan, a dramatically different look at a delightfully different way of life.

Avoiding the usual clichés--Japan's polite society, its unusual fashion trends, its crowded subways--Williamson focuses on some lesser-known aspects of the country and culture. In stunning watercolors and piquant texts, she explains the terms used to order various amounts of tofu, the electric rugs found in many Japanese homes, and how to distinguish a maiko from a geisha. She observes sumo wrestlers in traditional garb as they use ATMs, the wonders of "Santaful World" at a Kyoto department store, and the temple carpenters who spend each Sunday dancing to rockabilly. A Year in Japan is a colorful journey to the beauty, poetry, and quirkiness of modern Japana book not just to look at but to experience.
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2006], ©2006
ISBN: 9781568985404
Branch Call Number: 759.13 Wil
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Rebecca_Kohn May 03, 2018

This travel memoir has the added benefit of being a visual diary. Kate Williamson provides illustrations and descriptions of small details and large scenes, ranging from tiny fossils to views from an airplane window. Her interest and exploration of Japanese culture creates an inviting journey. Don't miss the exquisite watercolor of a koi pond on the last pages!

Apr 12, 2018

Charming graphic novel of her year long observations & drawings of Japanese culture.

May 02, 2012

This book is a wonderful piece of artwork and the author has supplied delightful commentary about aspects of Japanese life. The printing of the book is also a marvel, with many watercolor illustrations that range from the whimsical to the profound. Highly recommended for the person who secretly longs to travel "across a bridge of dreams".


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings

LibraryThing Series Information


Find it at CRRL

To Top