Book Review: Tokyo on Foot: Travels in the City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods

Tokyo on Foot: Travels in the City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods

I found this book at the library. I was standing at the art books section which was beside the travel guide section. As I turned around, I saw a book taller than the usual guide books. I picked it up because of the hand drawn title on the spine. Turns out it's a sketchbook travelogue.

This isn't the usual travel guide book that tells you where to go, it's one that Florent Chavouet drew to show you where he went. He's a French guy who's in Japan to accompany his girlfriend because she's working there.

It's a 208-page paperback filled with colour pencil drawn observations on the places he went. There are interesting notes on the people and culture and his many little adventures.

His beautiful colour pencil illustrations give Tokyo a very different look and feel. It's a light-hearted look at Tokyo as a tourist. I don't know if Tokyo is this colourful, but in the book it is.

The hand drawn maps are nicely drawn with icons and places of interest. On some pages, there are collages from things he collect, like cutout of manga panels and the bicycle parking tickets he got for parking in restricted areas.

It's an amusing book to check out.

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1 Comment

Oh yes!!!

Oh yes!!!
I was given his book on Manabe Shima for Christmas and I loved it! Had no idea he wrote another one.
His art is very unique and his writing is funny and heartfelt.

I will definitely pick this one up next time I'm in France.

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