Tokyo on Foot
This is a book that I would recommend to anyone who loves Japan and art. It is AMAZING! It contains all hand drawn maps and scenes from around Tokyo, all done in pencil crayon.
Florent Chavouet joined his girlfriend in Tokyo while she was on a 6 month internship. Instead of getting a job, he went out every day with his sketchbook and pencil crayons and would draw the scenery around him. What makes this so special, in my opinion, is that the majority of it was not done from photographs but from him actually sitting and drawing from the location itself.
At every location he begins the chapter with a drawing of the police box, along with a map showing all of his favorite spots, and places he has been. There are many drawings of people, and parks and even of SMAP!! (no Arashi unfortunately)
I was excited to see that in one of the maps he includes a “Freshness Burger” which (at least last May) had the best Avocado burgers ever! Also, since I stayed in East Shinjuku I used his map for that location. (Shinjuku Gyoen is really beautiful by the way)
This May will be year since I was in Tokyo. I’m really missing Japan right now. Hopefully one day I will be back. In the meantime, I can look at Florent’s work and smile when I see the places I’ve been and let him inspire me to try to do something similar the next time I find myself in Japan.