Book Review: Toyko Taxi by Alexander James

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LAST year my family and I enjoyed a fantastic trip to Japan. And my five-year-old son Ruaridh was fascinated with the signs on the taxis.

So Alexander James’s book had to be looked at. It is now one of Ruaridh’s favourite books! James jumped on his bike and toured Toyko taking photographs of the signs which range from exotic flowers to cute bunny rabbits.

His job was made all the more harder by the fact that some taxi firms only have four cabs, so they are not easy to spot.

But he chose the noodle eating district of Akasaka to base himself as they was a steady flow of taxis dropping diners off.

His book not only shows the photographs, but also gives ancedotes from taxi drivers, who work long hours, but seem to love their jobs. A fascinating book, which is number one in a five-year-old’s library, so it must be good!

Published by Merrell, £9.99.