Tokyo on Foot

Published on April 28th, 2012.

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.

 

  • http://twitter.com/kimikun キミ君

    this is a really cool book! I want to buy it, but I was just wondering,  it shows the whole tokyo or only some popular parts, like Shinjiku, shibuya?

    • Ami1982

      I bought mine from Amazon.ca and it was a pretty decent prince. Not sure what it price it is on Amazon.com but you can give it a try. 
      and it does show a large chunk of the city, I was impressed.

      I had actually heard of this book while reading Zonjineko’s blog. He bought his at a store in Australia (I think) and if I remember correctly it cost more for him to buy it instore than it would online. So give Amazon a try.

      As an artist and designer this book really inspires me! I’d like to do something similar the next time I go to Tokyo, but time is kind of an issue, so I would probably do it by photo’s. He did the majority of the drawings on site, which is just awesome! :)

      Let me know what you think if you end up buying it. :)

  • http://twitter.com/kimikun キミ君

    this is a really cool book! I want to buy it, but I was just wondering,  it shows the whole tokyo or only some popular parts, like Shinjiku, shibuya?

  • http://twitter.com/NyNy_x NyNy ♛ ナイナイ

    Thanks for the recommendations! The book looks really cool!