Japan As They Saw It

Descriptions of Japan by American and British visitors in the 19th and early 20th centuries

When Japan opened to the outside world in the mid-19th century, people in the West were curious about this previously little-known country. Many foreign visitors and long-term residents tried to satisfy that curiosity by publishing written accounts of their stays. This site presents excerpts from those accounts.

A book collecting these and other excerpts will be published in 2019 or 2020. A list of the books used as sources, and many others, is here; all of these books are available for free at the Internet Archive.

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