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Fushigi no Kuni no Bird  
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Description
Scottish adventuress Isabella Bird journeys to Japan in 1878 and becomes the first Westerner to travel to many remote locations, heading northward towards Hokkaido to study the aboriginal Ainu people.

A true story based on the book "Unbeaten Tracks in Japan".

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Manga

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Associated Names
Bird in Wonderland
Isabella Bird in Wonderland
Isabella Bird, femme exploratrice (French)
이상한 나라의 버드
ふしぎの国のバード
博兒的東瀛紀行

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Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.23 by Toriaezu 6 days ago
v.5 c.22 by Toriaezu 19 days ago
v.5 c.21 by Toriaezu 2 months ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (18 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.33 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 21st 2020, 12:28pm PST


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Year
2013

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Serialized In (magazine)
Harta (Enterbrain)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #1239 increased(+434)
3 Month Pos #2121 increased(+193)
6 Month Pos #2561 increased(+642)
Year Pos #3633 increased(+1471)

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On 110 wish lists
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The death of an era  
by NazarethSTG
June 11th, 2017, 9:57am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Great manga that lets us take a look at a Japan that was lost to time. It is set on a period when the old Japan that remained static for centuries suddenly had to open itself to the world and interact with it, which made it drop many customs and underwent a Westernization in order to catch up with the current powers.

Isabella Bird makes her journey to document that old Japan that will inevitably fade away. We learn of their cuisine, where fish was still mostly absent as eating animals was deemed impure. We see rapidly growing cities and forgotten hamlets in the most abject poverty. Mixed baths were on the verge of disappearing as the government tried to get closer to the current Western morals.

There is a culture shock factor as a high class Scottish woman gets to see things she's completely unaccustomed to, but that also applies to her Japanese interpreter, a city man that seems to know about everything at first, but becomes as puzzled as the protagonist as they get to see these forgotten villages where "modernity" has not yet reached.

The manga is very reminiscent to Kaoru Mori's work in terms of art and well documented portrayal of everyday life in the 19th century. The author manages to have a personal feel despite the obvious influences. There's even a Mori-Taiga interview where both have an interesting chat. If you like Otoyomegatari or Emma, reading this is a must.
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