Publisher: Mitsumura Suiko Shoin , Photographer: Morita Toshitaka, ISBN: 9784838106097 Format: Hardback, 142pp, ills colour, 170x250mm
For this spectacular photo series, Toshitaka Morita travelled throughout the Japanese islands of Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa to capture picturesque scenes seemingly untouched by time. These streetscapes, each with a explanation about its history, together express the ancient heritage of Japan: traditional wooden houses and buildings, agricultural fields, tidy stone streets, vibrant autumn foliage, mossy walls and streams, and snow-covered villages. Born in 1946, Morita started out working for the photography section of a map publisher before becoming a freelance photographer in 1975. He has been taking pictures of national parks in Japan for about 50 years.