Books: Japan's Provincial Lady

JAPANESE LADY IN EUROPE — Haruko Ichikawa—Button ($2.50).

The stock picture of a Japanese traveler is an immaculate, youthful-looking, polite, poker-faced Oriental who goes about with a small, expensive camera taking photographs of fortifications, air fields and the like, collects trade secrets, lets nothing escape his foxy eyes, but rarely writes a travel book. Travel books by Japanese women are even rarer. Japanese Lady in Europe, the travel diary of a sort of Japanese Provincial Lady calling herself merely "a chatterbox," fits none of these specifications. Aside from its interest as...

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