by Natsume Soseki


One of the most popular novels in Japan, Botchan is the story of a young graduate who takes up his first teaching post at Matsuyama middle school in the countryside. Botchan, a native of Tokyo views Matsuyama as a small backwater town with unusual customs. Strong willed and with the spirit of Edokko, Botchan soon finds himshelf at odds with the town and with the school. Written in 1906, Botchan is based on the authors own experience as a teacher at Matsuyama Middle School in 1895 and can be viewed as semi-autobiographical.


This book has been set in Minion Pro 11/13 x 23, a typeface designed by Robert Slimbach (1956– ) in 1990 and issued by Adobe Systems. Minion can be traced back to 1873 and found in Miller & Richards Typefounders Catalogue of the same year. The title is set in FF Meta Bold by Erik Spiekermann (1947– ) issued in 1991 and released through FontShop International.


Natsume Sōseki (1867 - 1916), was one of Japan’s leading authors of the Meji period (1868 - 1912). Born Natsume Kinnosuke, he was one of Japan’s leading authors of the Meji period (1868 - 1912). Born Natsume Kinnosuke, he was a native of Tokyo where he attended school and later Tokyo Imperial University. Although Sōseki intended to become an architect, it was his friend, Japanese poet and author Masaoka Shiki (1867 - 1902) who encouraged him to pursue writing. In 1901 he became “Japan’s first Japanese English literary scholar” and spent three years in the United Kingdom. Much of his work is influenced by his studies in London and the relation between Western culture and Japanese culture.


by Natsume Soseki



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  • ISBN: 978-0-9567273-5-0
  • Format: Paperback
  • Typography: Minion Pro
  • Pages: 140 (Paperback)
  • Dimensions: 5" x 8" (203mm x 127mm)

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