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

Posted By yonghow on May 15th, 2017

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

Sketched over a period of six months while he traveled and explored the city, Tokyo on Foot : Travels in the City’s Most Colorful Neighborhoods is a fascinating sketchbook by Florent Chavouet, a graphic artist/author from Paris.

Florent’s meticulous and witty drawings, realized by the artist’s amazing skill with colored pencils and keen powers of observation reveal an intriguing underbelly of the sprawling metropolis rarely seen by tourists, who usually flock to city’s more famous sights. As someone who lived in Tokyo for good amount of time and did my fair share of exploring by photography, the whimsically caricatured street scenes are hugely endearing to me.

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

(above & below) Takadanobaba, the birth place of Osamu Tezuka ( Astroboy ) and one of my favorite haunts. My film school Toho Gakuen was situated there.

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

(above & below) I lived in an old house situated in Tanashi ( Seibu Shinjuku line ) that very much resembled these drawings.

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

A delightful visual exploration of Tokyo’s neighbourhoods, which in my opinion are much more interesting that most of the tourist spots. Florent Chavouet’s art work is stupendous, his annotations funny, and I cannot recommend this book enough.

“Tokyo on Foot : Travels in the City’s Most Colorful Neighborhoods” art book details :

Dimensions – 7.2 x 0.6 x 10 inches
Soft cover, 208 pages
Full color, In English

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2 Responses to “Tokyo on Foot : Travels in the City’s Most Colorful Neighborhoods Book Review”

DISTRAKT

Witty drawings indeed!

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Wow, this just reminds me of other indie/urban related JP-illustrations I’ve seen back in those days on the net! If it wasn’t for Miyazaki / this book right here Japan might have remained the most authentically Dystopain/Cyberpunk nation in the world lol.