E. Warren Clark’s 1878 book, Life and Adventure in Japan, is an exquisite portrait of Japan in the 1870s. Japan had just opened itself to the West and had commenced a vigorous program of modernization. Clark, a young American scientist and missionary, worked in Japan for 4 years as a teacher meeting many of Japan’s leaders including the Emperor. His book, reproduced here, provides a fascinating personal view of Japan during this critical stage of history. The editors’ introduction place Clark’s work in historical context.
Daniel A. Metraux is Professor of Asian Studies at Mary Baldwin College and author of many books, chapters and scholarly articles on Japan. Jessica D. Puglisi is an honors student at Mary Baldwin College majoring in Asian Studies and International Relations.