Thursday, December 3, 2009

This Is Hong Kong



i don't think i grew up reading miroslav sasek's beautifully illustrated books, but there is something about his "this is" series which overpowers me with childhood memories.

not sure where i first saw it, but i was thrilled to see sasek had released a "this is hong kong" book way back in 1965 and again reissued in 2007.
apparently it was one of his favorite but most difficult books to do.



"I loved Hong Kong because of Hong Kong. Hong Kong was a hard book to do because of the language problem. It took me hours and hours to draw the characters of the alphabet. I tried to use a camera but it didn’t work. Sometimes I could have screamed! Three times, ten times, twelve times over it took me to perfect one picture!"
Miroslav Sasek



as my little one will be born (but maybe not raised) in hong kong i thought it would be a great book to buy.
i know, i know! i'm totally crazy to even think about buying children books for an unborn child...
obviously the fatherly instincts which i never knew i had have kicked into motion.

shock horror when i went to the book store only to find out there is no stock in hong kong, and no stock with at the distributor so i can't even order it!
looks like i'm gonna have to purchase it online.

so do any of you guys out there own a "this is..." book?
check out the other books in the series at the official website.






10 comments:

b for bhisan said...

wow. inner-resting.

Kiwis In Amsterdam said...

Great find! Will definitely try to get hold of a couple of copies from places we've been.

famapa said...

the book looks great, I hope you find it!

as for the answer to your question: the moses basket is from john lewis but you can definitely get them on amazon!

congrats to you guys soon becoming parents, it's the best thing EVER!!

pascale said...

oh wow, I feel a little more smarter just knowing there is such a book! very interesting indeed! Now I am curious what the book is like....
Thanks for sharing~!

world of sekimachihato said...

* b for bhisan

thanks.

world of sekimachihato said...

* Kiwis In Amsterdam
you definitely should!
shame there is not an amsterdam issue though...

world of sekimachihato said...

* famapa
thanks for the moses info! i'll check it out!
will also be checking out your blog for some parenting "dad" advice!!

world of sekimachihato said...

* pascale
i'm sure some book store will stock it in tokyo so you should have a look for it next time you are out and about.
when i get my hands on a copy i will let you know what it's like.

Luuworld said...

oh my god, you are like me, but only straight! you sure know the cool stuff in life! lol. i bought three miroslav sasek books this summer. i love the way he portrays the great cities of the world. i got london, paris and ny. maybe i should get hk too!

world of sekimachihato said...

* Luuworld
can't believe you have some of his books too!
you really are a cool guy *wink wink*
i would love to get my hands on an original but looks like i will just have to settle for the reissued version.

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