An Official Guide to Japan


“Japan, land of high romance, whose emergence from feudalism and rise to the status of a great Power is still the wonder of the modern world…”

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This is a wonderful example of interwar self-promotion authorized by the Japanese Government to promote tourism (primarily English and American) during the 1930’s. It also serves as a podium on which the achievements and authority of the Japanese Empire can be proclaimed to a global audience, as evidenced by the introductory text quoted above.

The contents of the guidebook provide an interesting (though certainly biased) overview of Japanese culture, geography, transportation, politics, recreation, and history. Useful information for travelers is supplemented with dozens of folding maps, conversion charts, and illustrations.

Notable examples include an illustrated view of Mt. Fuji, a folding map of the Japanese Empire (including newly conquered territory in Manchuria), diagrams of prominent parks, and city plans of Tokyo, Nagasaki, Kyoto, and other major urban centers.

Prepared in Tokyo in 1933 by the Japanese Government Railways. Printed by The Tanaka Printing & Publishing House Ltd.

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Publication Date: 1933

Author: Japanese Government Railways

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Condition: A

Condition Description: 506 pp. guidebook, approximately 4" x 6", bound in red embossed gilt cloth covers. Marbled fore-edge and illustrated pictorial endpapers. Contents, binding, and original silk placemarkers are in very good condition. Includes 36 fold-out maps, all in good condition with creasing and light wear.


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