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THE PLAYGROUND OF THE FAR EAST Rev. Walter Weston 1918 1st UK ed Hardcover Fine
By Weston, Rev. Walter
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London, 1918, 1st UK edition. 333 pp, 19 plates, folding map. Complete with all plates, pages and maps. Rev Walter Weston is revered as the 'Father' of mountaineering in Japan. 

The front cover of the book is bright and Fine, and an original gilt crest of Japan Mountaineering Society on front cover. The spine has faded a little, but the gold title is easily readable. Externally the book has no edge wear, and no bumps, no stains. Internally there is no writing, no bookplates, no RSMs, no stains, no foxing, no yellowing. This book is really in excellent condition as it starts its second century of life.  

This is one of the classics of Japanese climbing. Weston tells of the Japanese friends who he climbed with, the beauty of a rural Japan that was rapidly passing away into modernity, and the wonderful climbing and exploring of a virtually unknown land.  
 
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Walter Weston in Japan

Weston went to Japan as a missionary of the Church of England's Church Missionary Society in 1888, working first at Kumamoto, then serving as chaplain in Kobe from 1889 to 1895. Between 1888 and 1915 he spent a total of fifteen years there, in three long periods.

He began mountain climbing while expressing a strong interest in Japanese landscapes, traditions, customs and culture. He published Mountaineering and Exploring in the Japanese Alps (1896). As a writer and lecturer he continued to introduce Japan to an overseas audience. He gave universal currency to the term Japanese Alps, though it was first used before he came to Japan. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Japanese Alpine Club in 1906, and became its first honorary member.

Weston's legacy remains, with the climbing season in the Japanese Northern Alps commencing with a festival named after him. He is almost unique as an individual westerner identified with the emergence of a new sport in Japan, the other such figure being Edward Bramwell Clarke. Edward Bramwell Clarke (1874 – 1934) was an educator in Meiji period Japan, who is credited with introducing the sport of rugby to Japan. Matsutarō Shōriki (1885 – 1969) was a Japanese journalist and media mogul, also known as the father of Japanese professional baseball.

By the end of Weston's life, some British climbers referred to him as ‘the father of mountaineering in Japan’. In 1937, Emperor Hirohito conferred on him the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasures (fourth class) and the Japanese Alpine Club erected a bronze tablet in his honor at Kamikochi in the Japanese Alps.



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