Friday, February 1, 2008

Japan Ai by Aimee Major Steinberger

I’m not sure what I have to say about Japan Ai besides that I looooved it. Between it and French Milk, I want to spend the rest of my days reading travelogues by smart girls. So, if you can recommend any others (especially in graphic novel form), please comment.

Japan Ai is a record of the author’s trip to Kyoto and Tokyo with two friends. They visit hot springs, attend a Tazarazuka musical (all female cast), dress up as geisha, shop for anime toys, eat, and explore the cities. The book is packed with interesting tidbits about Japanese culture and pop culture, and made me want to start looking for a Sanrio store. Aimee Major Steinberger is a professional animator and layout artist and kept an art journal on the trip, from which the book material was pulled. Pages from the actual journal and photos from the trip are posted on the publisher’s website.


joanna said...

I am still lusting over French Milk and now you give me this one! I think after the 2 books I'm currently reading I am going to go into a serious GN stretch. I'm kind of tired of novels at the moment. (and I need to catch up on Y The Last Man.) This isn't a GN, but Mo Willems has a book called _You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons_ which is his travelogue in pictures. I wanted to get it for my brother for the holidays but was too late ordering it in time.

Sheryl said...

Do you think guys will enjoy this book?

Laura said...

They might, if they're in to Japanese culture and anime and cosplay and stuff. After the pink cover, it's not toooo girly.