A Holiday in Japan by 'Father' Unrecorded book published in Penang
[Japan] Interesting book that was written by a Selangor-based British man who visited Japan from April to June, 1902. The trip starts in Nagasaki and then visits were made to Kobe, Miyajima, Kure, Kyoto (Miyako Hotel), Lake Biwa, Otsu, Yokohama (Club Hotel), Kamakura, Enoshima, and Tokyo (Imperial Hotel). He had a tattoo of a '...small but artistic fly...' done on his arm in Yokohama and watched sumo wrestling in Tokyo. A week or so later, his wife 'L' got a tattoo of a stork on her arm after seeing how nice her husband's fly tattoo was! Although the author writes about others in his book by using only one initial or occasionally more, we can identify some of the people he refers to, including John Batchelor (of Ainu fame), Rev. G.H. Davies, and Capt. Thorvald A. Christensen (long-term resident of Kobe). As the writer mentions dates and the vessels he travelled on, we believe the book was written by Henry Franklin Bellamy (1858-1920), who was the state engineer at the Public Works Department in Selangor at the time. He and his wife travelled on the Kumano Maru from Kobe to Yokohama and then on the Kanagawa Maru from Yokohama. The only passengers who were on both vessels on the dates mentioned were the Bellamy couple.
Penang. Printed at the Criterion Press, Ltd. 1902.
pp.91. 18 x 12.2cm.
In very good condition. Covers with some wear and minor soiling. Binding covering a little worn and with very minor damage. Previous owner's name, Stuart E. Williams, at upper right of front cover. Williams was a Government Printer in Perak, Malaysia (according to the Directory for 1902). Internally very good. b35091468