A Tour of Japan in 1920

An American Missionary's Diary with 129 Photographs


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About the Book

A fascinating glimpse of life in Japan in 1920 as experienced through the eyes of an observant and sensitive American missionary whose travels took him beyond Tokyo to the mountainous Tohoku region and to the cities of Sendai, Kobe, and Osaka.
Vivid descriptions of life in the slums and the powerless position of women are juxtaposed with an account of a meeting with the last Shogun of Japan. Conversations with a wide variety of people revealed to the Rev. Minton the stirrings of war sentiment even in 1920. The photographs offer a superb visual record.

About the Author(s)

The late Rev. Wilson P. Minton was born in 1888 in Covington, Ohio, and ordained in 1910. His long and varied ministry culminated in Philadelphia. He left his diary and and glass negatives of his photographs (color and B&W) to his grandson, David W. Carstetter, an attorney in Jacksonville, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

Wilson P. Minton. Edited by David W. Carstetter
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 328
Bibliographic Info: 129 photos (43 in color), maps, appendix, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1992]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6758-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0982-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface (David W. Carstetter)      ix
Map of Japan      xii
Part I. Voyage to Japan      1
Part II. Meeting the Japanese      19

Pages 101 through 116 contain 29 color photographs

Part III. The Eighth World Sunday School Convention      117
Part IV. Sightseeing and Exploring      147

Pages 213 through 220 contain 14 color photographs

Part V. Touring South of Tokyo      221
Part VI. More of Tokyo      259
Part VII. The Return Home      291

Epilogue (Ruth Minton Carstetter)      297
Appendix      299
Index      311

Book Reviews & Awards

“detailed…interesting”—Financial News & Daily Record.