Travellers’ Tales of Old Japan

By Compiled by Michael Wise

Travellers in search of the unexpected found it in Old Japan. Here was a strange land indeed, where women blackened their teeth, men wore tattoos in lieu of clothing, and the whole family bathed together “with as much freedom as a flock of ducks”. Visitors came in thousands and eagerly put pen to paper, commenting on everything Japanese, from curios to coolies, sake to samurai, etiquette to earthquakes.

They left behind—in letters, diaries and memoirs—personal impressions of Old Japan, sometimes as revealing of the writers themselves as the country they came to visit.

This book features 74 of these traveller’s tales—many of them funny, others serious, but all a pleasure to read

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About Author

Compiled by Michael Wise

The compiler, Michael Wise, was born in London and educated at Oxford University. He worked in Asia for 10 years and lived in Singapore for five. He has contributed articles to The Straits Times, Singaporeu2019s leading newspaper and maintains a lifelong interest in writing, travel and things of the past.

Product Details
Publisher : Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)
ISBN-13 : 9789814677325