THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK ABOUT THE FAR EAST by

THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK ABOUT THE FAR EAST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A carefully planned itinery takes us briefly through Mongolia, Tibet, Korea, Formo and the Philippines, but allows for longer stopovers in China and Japan. Profusely scattered illustrations in full color and black and white (not yet seen) and an overview text cover the ancient history, customs, religion, art and modern history of both these countries as well as general descriptions of the people and their life-styles. The unusual customs of these exotic groups hold our attention best as we learn that a Chinese dinner can last two days, that an oriental calendar may indicate lucky days for specific activities, that one Japanese festival is designed to elicit contagious laughter on masse. The historical and more general information comes across in straightforward factual terms in what promises to be a handsome introduction to the Orient.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1961
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap