Unbeaten Tracks in Japan
This classic travel book details Isabella Bird's 1878 trip, where she set out alone to explore the interior of Japan--a rarity not only because of Bird's gender but because the country was virtually unknown to Westerners. The Japan she describes is not the sentimental world of Madame Butterfly but a vibrant land of real people with a complex culture and hard scrabble lives. Illustrations.
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Review: Unbeaten Tracks in JapanUser Review - Ameya Warde - Goodreads
Like all of Bird's books, this was a really fantastic glimpse into a country at a certain time from the perspective of a 19th century person, a woman, and a Brit at the height of empire. I very much ... Read full review
Review: Unbeaten Tracks in JapanUser Review - Maddy - Goodreads
Such an interesting book. Was a bit disappointed that the author was hailed as a feminist icon in the preface and introduction, with not even a token mention of her flagrant racism. That said, her ... Read full review