"Tokyo on Foot,” published by Tuttle, has become a bestseller in English since it was published in July.
Florent Chavouet, a young graphic artist, spent six months exploring Tokyo. Each day he would set forth, with a pouch full of colored pencils and a sketchpad, to visit different neighborhoods.
This stunning book records the city that he got to know during his adventures, a gritty, vibrant place, full of ordinary people going about their daily lives. Realistically rendered city views or posters of pop stars contrast with cartoon sketches of iconic objects or droll vignettes, like a housewife walking her pet pig and a Godzilla statue in a local park.
With wit, a playful sense of humor, and the colored pencils of his kit, Chavouet sets aside the question of urban ugliness or beauty and captures the Japanese essence of a great city.
Price: 2,310 yen.© Japan Today