Manabeshima

Manabeshima Island Japan: One Island, Two Months, One Minicar, Sixty Crabs, Eighty Bites and Fifty Shots of Shochu by Florent Chavouet
Tuttle, 2015. 9784805313435.

manabeshimaChavouet follows up his beautiful color pencil sketches of Tokyo in Tokyo on Foot with a gorgeous book of sketches of his time on a tiny Japanese island off the coast of Osaka. He gets to know the locals by just hanging out and drawing.

My favorite pages are the aerial views of the houses he visits with every tiny thing crammed into the rooms (and drawings). The island’s minicar (only big enough for the one tiny granny who drives it) is awesome. This is how I want to travel: taking time and looking for cool, ordinary strangenesses in the new place I’m in.