In May of 1937 (Showa 12) the Tokyo Printer’s Society chose for their annual outing a trip along the Tōkaidō or East Sea Road on the southern coast of Honshu. This is the souvenir photo album of that trip. Finely turned out as a mixture of English gentleman and traditional Japanese scholars, they can be seen chatting on their vintage tour bus, visiting temples, shrines, traditional gardens, and tea gardens and simply enjoying the scenery on route.
The Tōkaidō was significant for traditionalists as the most important of the Five Routes, or Gokaidō, of the Edo period connecting Edo, now Tokyo, to the provinces, in this case Kyoto.
An e-book facsimile of the original 1937 album with 36 photographs.