A Day in the Life of Japan


236 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-00-217580-0





Edited by Rick Smolan and David Cohen
Reviewed by Joan McGrath

Joan McGrath is a Toronto Board of Education library consultant.


What’s so special about June 7, 1985? That was the day chosen to be captured for posterity in A Day in the Life of Japan. From all over the world, 100 renowned photojournalists converged upon Japan; their mission, naturally, to take pictures. From the almost 135,000 photographs taken during the course of that single day, hundreds were selected for inclusion in this magnificent, outsize volume — a coffeetable book par excellence, readable and informative as well as being quite stunningly gorgeous. The photographers were given absolute freedom to choose whatever they wished to record: old or new, ugly or beautiful, sad or joyous, in color or in black and white. Here are the results, surely the very next best thing to a visit to Japan. (Several of the photographers whose work is included also contributed to the earlier publication, A Day in the Life of Canada.)


“A Day in the Life of Japan,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 20, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/35674.