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Travel Literature: Japan
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Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item. Other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.


I. Manuscript and Archival Materials

  • John L. Plyler Postcard Collection: contains postcards from Tokyo, Kyoto, and various other locations in Japan.
  • Diane Hopkins-Hughs Collection: contains National Geographic magazines from 1972 through 1991 describing various aspects of Japanese politics, cultures, and geography.
  • Japan Study Abroad forms for Fall 1974; Bill Bowen Collection
II. Books and Published Materials

19th Century

Please note that the materials listed here represent travels during the 19th century, although the publication dates may be later.
  • Narrative Of The Expedition Of An American Squadron To The China Seas And Japan Comp. From The Original Notes And Journals Of Commodore Perry ... By Francis L. Hawks. With Numerous, 1856
  • Japan, from the Nations of the World multi-volume set, Walter Dickson, 1898
  • Japan Through American Eyes: The Journal of Francis Hall, Kanagawa and Yokohama, 1859-1866 edited And Annotated by F.G. Notehelfer, 1992
  • The first Japanese mission to America (1860) Being a diary kept by a member of the embassy. Masakiyo Kanesaburo Yanagawa, Translated into English by Junichi Fukuyama & Roderick H. Jackson. Edited, with an introd., by M.G. Mori. Published Kobe, J. L. Thompson & Co., (Retail) Ltd., 1937
  • Yankee Surveyors In The Shogun's Seas : Records Of Thse United States Surveying Expedition To The North Pacific Ocean, 1853-1856, 1947
  • Japan Journal, 1855-1861 Translated and Edited By Jeannette C. Van Der Corput and Robert A. Wilson, 1964
  • The Americans in Japan; an Abridgment of the Government Narrative of the U.S. Expedition to Japan, Robert Tomes. New York, D. Appleton, 1857, 1973
  • Mitford's Japan : The Memoirs And Recollections, 1866-1906, Of Algernon Bertram Mitford edited By Hugh Cortazzi, 1985
20th Century
  • Selected Letters of Anna Heyward Taylor, South Carolina Artist and World Traveler, by Edmund R. Taylor and Alexander Moore: Anna Heyward Taylor (1879–1956) traveled extensively during her lifetime, studying art in Europe and exploring the art and cultures of British Guiana (Guyana), Mexico, the Virgin Islands, and Japan. She moved to Charleston in 1929, where she became a significant contributor to the Charleston Renaissance through her watercolors and wood block prints.
  • Carmen Sylva, And Sketches from the Orient Pierre Loti [Pseud.] ... Authorized Translation by Fred Rothwell, 1912
  • The Complete Journal of Townsend Harris, First American Consul General and Minister to Japan Introduction and Notes by Mario Emilio Cosenza .., 1930
  • The Capital of the Tycoon: A Narrative of a Three Years' Residence in Japan, 1969
  • Elgin's Mission to China and Japan With an Introd. By J. J. Gerson, 1970
  • Erwin Bälz; Das Leben Einen Deutschen Arztes Im Erwachenden Japan English, 1974
  • 36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan Cathy N. Davidson, 1994
  • The Blue-Eyed Tarokaja: A Donald Keene Anthology, Edited by J. Thomas Rimer, 1996
  • Gleanings in Buddha-Fields; Studies of Hand and Soul in the Far East, 1971
  • The History Of Japan, Together With A Description Of The Kingdom Of Siam, 1690-92 Engelbert Kaempfer, And Tr. By J.G. Scheuchzer, F.R.S, 1906
  • Japan and America; A Journey and A Political Survey Henry W. Taft, 1932
  • Japan and Korea by Frank G. Carpenter ... With 106 Illustrations from Original Photographs, 1925
  • Japan and Zen Betty and Van Meter Ames, 1961
  • Japan, Korea and Formosa Eunice Tietjens, 1924
  • Japan: True Stories of Life on the Road Collected and edited By Donald W. George And Amy Greimann Carlson, 1999
  • Japanese Landscapes : Where Land & Culture Merge Cotton Mather, P.P. Karan, And Shigeru Iijima, 1998
  • Kyoto, Japan, 1969
  • Letters From China And Japan John Dewey ... And Alice Chipman Dewey; Ed. By Evelyn Dewey, 1920
  • The Lure Of Japan Shunkichi Akimoto, 1934
  • Manners And Customs Of The Japanese, In The Nineteenth Century: From The Accounts Of Dutch Residents With An Introd. To The New Ed. By Terence Barrow, 1973
  • Native American In The Land Of The Shogun: Ranald MacDonald And The Opening Of Japan Frederik L. Schodt, 2003
  • A Reconnaissance Geography Of Japan Glenn Thomas Trewartha..., 1934
  • Reise Um Die Erde Nach Japan English. Selections, 1990
  • Turning Japanese : Memoirs Of A Sansei David Mura, 1992
  • Urban Japan : Its Foundations And Growth David Kornhauser; With A Foreword By J. M. Houston, 1976
  • With Perry In Japan; The Diary Of Edward Yorke McCauley Allan B. Cole, 1942
  • Year Of The Wild Boar; An American Woman In Japan Helen Mears, 1942
  • The Furthest Goal : Engelbert Kaempfer's Encounter With Tokugawa Japan Edited By Beatrice M. Bodart-Bailey, Derek Massarella, 1995
  • They Came To Japan; An Anthology Of European Reports On Japan, 1543-1640, 1965
  • The Narrow road to the Deep North and other Travel Sketches Basho Matsuo Harmondsworth, Penguin Books, 1966
  • Awakening Japan: the diary of a German doctor: Erwin Baelz, Erwin O. E. von Baelz, edited by his son, Toku Baelz; translated from the German by Eden and Cedar Paul. Published New York, The Viking Press, 1932
  • Last letters from Attu: the true story of Etta Jones, Alaska pioneer and Japanese P.O.W., Mary Breu, 2009
  • A budget travel guide:Japan, Ian L. McQueen, 1992
III. Microfilm in General Collection
  • British Foreign Office Japan correspondence, 1856-1905, 1974
IV. Materials Covering Multiple Categories
  • Women Adventurers, 1750-1900: A Biographical Dictionary Mary F. McVicker, 2008
  • Historic Textbook Collections, 19th century and 20th century
  • Nineteenth-Century Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Consolidation, 1835-1910, Volume 4 The Far East Edited Susan Schoenbauer, 2003
  • Literature of travel and exploration: an Encyclopedia, Jennifer Speake, editor, bibliographies and historiographies
  • The Norton book of travel, editor Paul Fussell, 1987 travel writing of notable authors
  • Return passages: great American travel writing, 1780-1910 Larzer Ziff
  • The Mind of the Traveler : From Gilgamesh to global tourism, Eric J. Leed
  • The Working Christian/The Baptist Courier 1869 to present
V. Artifacts
  • Asian Artifacts Collection, webpage link
  • John L. Plyler Jr. Collection Accretion 2009-021 examples of Japanese coins and currency
VI. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
  • The narrow road to the Deep North, and other travel sketches; translated from the Japanese with an introduction by Nobuyuki Yuasa, Matsuo Basho, 1966, General Collection
  • Historical and geographical dictionary of Japan, by Edmond Papinot, 1964
  • Fodor's Japan, 1982
  • Concise dictionary of modern Japanese history, compiled by Janet Hunter, 1984
  • Japanese history: a guide to survey histories = [Nihon shi bunken kaidai], edited by Naomi Fukada, 1986
  • Japanese history & culture form ancient to modern times: seven basic bibliographies, John W. Dower, 1986
  • Japan, Frank Joseph Shulman, 1989
  • Japanese studies from pre-history to 1990: a bibliographical guide, compiled by Richard Perren, 1992
  • The Cambridge encyclopedia of Japan, editors, Richard Bowring, Peter Kornicki, 1993
  • Frommer’s Japan, Beth Reiber, with Janie Spencer, 1996
  • The Japan handbook, edited by Patrick Heenan, 1998
  • Encyclopedia of Historians and Historical Writing, editor, Kelly Boyd, Reference Collection
  • Japan encyclopedia, Louis Frédéric, translated by Käthe Roth, 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture, edited by Sandra Buckley, 2002
  • Japan, contributors, John Benson et al., 2003
  • Great Women Travel Writers: from 1750 to the present, editor Alba Amoia and Bettina L. Knapp, 2005, General Collection
  • Encyclopedia of Exploration, 4 volumes, 4th volume 1850-1940, editor John Raymond Howgego, 2003-2008, Reference Collection
VII. Online Resources at Furman
VIII. Web Sites