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Unbeaten Tracks in Japan 2 Volume Paperback Set
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Isabella Bird's Unbeaten Tracks in Japan was published in 1880 and recounts her travels in the Far East, begun four years earlier. Bird was recommended an open air life from an early age as a cure for her physical and nervous difficulties. She toured the United States and Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the Sandwich Islands, before travelling to the Far East in order to strengthen herself to marry Dr John Bishop and live in Edinburgh. Based on the letters Bird wrote home, primarily to her sister, Volume 1 recounts her experiences as a solo woman traveller living among the Japanese in Yokohama and Niigata. Volume 2 covers her journeys in Yeso, Tokyo, Kyoto, and the Ise Shrines, and includes her experiences of staying with the Hairy Ainu. This is a fascinating work on the lifestyles, customs, and habits of the people she encountered.
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Volume 1: Introductory chapter; 1. First view of Japan; 2. Sir Harry Parkes; 3. Yedo and Tokiyo; 4. Lifeless heat; 5. Narrow grooves; 6. Dr. Hepburn; 7. Theatrical reform; 8. Kwan-non Temple; 9. Fears; 10. A Japanese idyll; 11. The beauties of Nikko; 12. A Japanese pack-horse and pack-saddle; 13. Peaceful monotony; 14. Comfort disappears; 15. A fantastic jumble; 16. The plain of Wakamatsu; 17. An infamous road; 18. A hurry; Notes on missions in Niigata; 19. Temple Street; 20. Abominable weather; 21. Mean streets; Notes on food and cookery; 22. The canal-side at Niigata; 23. Comely kine; 24. Prosperity; 25. The effect of a chicken; 26. The necessity of firmness; 27. A silk factory; 28. A plague of immoderate rain; 29. The symbolism of seaweed; 30. A holiday scene; 31. The fatigues of travelling; 32. Good-tempered intoxication; 33. Torrents of rain; 34. Hope deferred; 35. A lady's toilet; 36. A travelling curiosity; 37. A hard day's journey. Volume 2: Notes on Yezo; 38. Form and colour; 39. Ito's delinquency; 40. A lovely sunset; 41. Savage life; 42. Barrenness of savage life; 43. A parting gift; 44. A welcome gift; 45. More than peace; 46. A group of fathers; 47. A dubious climate; 48. Pleasant last impressions; 49. Pleasant prospects; Notes on Tokiyo; 50. A dirty sky; 51. The Hiroshima Maru; 52. Mountain-girdled Kiyoto; 53. The Protestants of Buddhism; 54. Kiyoto shopping; 55. Hugging a Hibachi; Notes on the Ise shrines; 56. A dreary shrine; 57. My Kuruma-runner; 58. Water-ways in Osaka; 59. Fine weather; A chapter on Japanese public affairs; Appendix; Index.

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