Clueless in Tokyo - An Explorer's Sketchbook of Weird and Wonderful Things in Japan - Betty Reynolds
A perfect introduction to Japan and Japanese culture, this edition contains many new illustrations as well as the Japanese script for key words and phrases.
Some people take photos, but artist Betty Reynolds captures memories with her paintbrush and watercolors. Clueless in Tokyo provides an outsider's take on everyday life in Japan's capital city—a place where vending machines talk, toilets can be terrifying, and centuries-old festivals unfold against a backdrop of space-age architecture. During the seven years Reynolds lived in Japan, she filled thirty sketchbooks with everything that caught her eye. Whether it's fashion, food, sport, transport, seasonal rituals, or Japanese pastimes, each vibrant sketch is a delight, and Reynolds' witty hand-lettered captions in both Japanese and English provide an entertaining resource for beginning learners of the Japanese language.
Adult students and travellers alike will find this Japan travel guide to be a charming and insightful addition to their trip.
"A cool, clever, and captivating look at modern Japan. A one of a kind approach to explaining Japanese culture. Buy two copies and give one to a friend." - Robert Whiting, author of You Gotta Have Wa
"Feel lost in Tokio? Don't know what's going on? You need Clueless in Tokio. This colorful guide will, ahem, clue you in to the city's sights and sound." - Brian Ashcraft, author of Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential
"Betty Reynolds has succeeded in capturing the joy, beauty and customs of Japan, and she has done it with magnificent imagery and a gorgeous script." - Dr. Bob Tobin, author of What Do You Want To Crate Today?
"A delightful and lighthearted guide to modern Japanese culture." - John Durkin, President, Tokyo American Club
Clueless in Tokyo - An Explorer's Sketchbook of Weird and Wonderful Things in Japan - About the Author
Betty Reynolds worked as a creative consultant and art director in Philadelphia before accompanying her husband first to Singapore and then Tokyo, where they made their home and traveled extensively for many years. Her fascination with Asian culture led her to fill thirty sketchbooks with the colorful art that inspired this book. She has published three other books on Japanese culture—Squeamish about Sushi, Japanese Celebrations, and Tokyo Friends. Betty and her husband now live on a small island in America's Pacific Northwest where she paints local scenes. Betty and Frank return to Asia every chance they get.