With a birthday in January, Clarence James Gamble was just fourteen years old, when he, his seventeen-year-old brother, Sidney, and his parents, David and Mary Gamble, left Cincinnati, Ohio, for lengthy tour of the Orient that included ten weeks in Japan. Once there, Clarence and Sidney took many, many photos, a hundred and twenty of which were found and are included in Japan 1908. Along with the photos, a journal was discovered, in which Clarence kept note of the daily activities of the family during their time in Japan. The Gambles had an especially interesting experience through their contacts with missionaries and educators, who were longtime Japan residents. Here is a glimpse of tourist travel in the early twentieth century and of a Japan long lost, as seen by the Gambles in 1908.
"This book is mandatory--and delightful--reading for anyone interested in Japan, the American experience of Japan, and how many of our contemporary assumptions about Japan were shaped by tourist industry of a century ago. Miriam Reed has done a superlative job in clarifying the travel diary of fourteen-year-old James Gamble, and contextualizing the experiences of his illustrious family during their ten-week tour of Japan."
Kendall Brown, Associate Professor
Asian Art History, Art Department California State University at Long Beach