CITIES TOKYO シティーズとうきょう
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    Searching, playing, and a little Learning. This is Map picture book "Cities' tokyo" Publisher : Shobunsha Publications, Inc. Due to the spread … Read More
    Searching, playing, and a little Learning. This is Map picture book "Cities' tokyo" Publisher : Shobunsha Publications, Inc. Due to the spread of the Internet, recently even opportunities to read and understand maps by themselves are decreasing even for adults. In such a time, it is a picture book made by receiving a request from a map company, wanting to make a picture book that children can puff up imagination and be excited while watching the map. In order to make you feel more familiar, aliens are made to appear as guide characters, but the main character is a reader to the last. You can enter and explore to the city of the illustration with the navigation alien Tabby, every minute. And searching for things, discovering only for yourself, having some learning, feeling like actually going on a trip, It would be grateful if you could. From the publisher : We want to make a map that Everyone enjoy by looking all the time without being bored. that also can be used as an interi Read Less
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CITIES TOKYO シティーズ とうきょう

Searching, Playing, and a little Learning. -This is a map picture book.
Publisher : Shobunsha Publications, Inc.

さがして、あそんで、ちょっとまなべる地図絵本 / 昭文社
CONCEPT : 

Recently, due to the spread of the Internet, opportunities to read and understand maps are getting less for both children and adults. In such times, we received a request from a map company to make a book which would allow children to expand their imagination and initiate excitement through looking at maps.
In order to make the book appealing and fun for children we created aliens as ‘guide characters.’ The main character is also a reader.
Using the ‘navigating alien,’ Tabby, children can explore the city of illustrations all the while searching for suggested items, making their own discoveries, learning a little and hopefully feeling like they would actually like to take a trip somewhere themselves.

From the publisher: We want to make a map that everyone will enjoy and not tire of. We hope that the book can be used as an interior accessory and that children may use is as a gateway to map reading. We also hope that by introducing small children to maps it will prompt Shobunsha to think harder about future map books.

インターネットの普及により、最近では、大人ですら自分で地図を読み解く機会が減ってきました。そんな時代ですが、子供達に地図を見ながら、想像をふくらませてワクワクする体験ができる絵本を作って欲しい、と地図の会社から依頼を受けて作った絵本です。子供達に楽しんでもらうために、宇宙人をキャラクターとして登場させていますが、主人公はあくまで読者。登場人物の宇宙人・タビィをナビゲーターにイラストの街の中にどんどん入り込んで、探し物をしたり、自分だけの発見をしたり、ちょっとした学びがあったり、実際に旅に行って来たような気持ちになってくれたらうれしいです。
出版社/プロジェクト担当者より:ずっと見ていて飽きない、楽しんで見る地図が作りたい。せっかくならインテリアとしても使えるものがいいし、地図の入門編として使ってほしい、子供が小さいころから地図に触れることで、将来的に昭文社の地図へステップアップして欲しい、という思いも込めています。
TYPES OF MAPS:
There are two types of map:
1. Destination type map (or ‘Strider’) that emphasizes the accuracy used for directions.
2. Excursion type map (or ‘Stroller’) that can extend the imagination while getting to know the characteristics of a city.

This book is an example of the second type- Excursion type map (or ‘Stroller’).

地図には道案内に使う正確性を重要視した目的型地図(ストライダー)と都市の特徴を知りながら想像をふくらませて楽しむ回遊型地図(ストローラー)があり、この本は回遊型地図になります。
CHARACTERS : 

Tabby and Mappy- an investigator and an assistant respectively.
They are from the star called ‘City.’ They are investigating while travelling around various stars. They explore Tokyo, the capital city of Japan.
They encounter various people in the city. People are working, playing, walking, eating etc.

タビィ&マッピィ:いろんな星を旅しながら調査しているシティ星から来たタビィが、助手のマッピィといっしょに、日本の首都東京を探索します。
街の人々:働く人、遊んでる人、歩く人、食べている人、様々な人がいるよ。
SKETCHES , B/W LINES :

First, we thought of the stories, characters and flat plan.
Next, we picked up various buildings, facilities, stores, examples of transportation to make up the city.
We created a logo of the same world view that matches the content/illustrations in the book.

ストーリー、キャラクター、台割を考え、街を構成する様々なビル、施設や観光名所、交通機関、施設や店舗をピックアップ。
本の内容/イラストに合う同じ世界観のロゴを制作。
AREA VIEW : 

The book explores the 9 areas of Tokyo in turn.

東京を9分割したエリアを順に探検していく。
QUEST : 

In each area, the reader can try to find people and items. There are check points and requests from people in the city. Some examples are Cosplay girls, a rookie robot who got lost, a trumpeter in a marching band, a ninja climbing a building and a signboard.

各エリアごとにチェックポイントや、街の人からの依頼をクリアし、ひとやものを探す。
コスプレしたオタク女子、道に迷った新人ロボット、鼓笛隊のトランペット、植木屋、愛の告白、ビルを登る忍者、ビルの看板 など。
INVESTIGATION REPORT : 

There is a report after every 3 areas.

3エリアごとに調べたことを報告する。
EXTRA QUESTS :

In the Investigation Reports, extra quests are given. Readers must look for shopping coupons, a ninja’s throwing stars, soccer balls, horse signs, building cleaners, people sunbathing, street musicians, part-time character mascots taking a break, etc.

お買い物クーポン、忍者の手裏剣、サッカーボール、馬の看板、ビルの清掃員、日焼け中の人、ストリートミュージシャン、きぐるみのアルバイト(休憩中)
WANTED​​​​​​​ : 

The reader must look for naughty aliens.

イタズラ宇宙人たちを見つけよう。
Answers :
Spread pages :
A big TOKYO illustrated poster is attached.

大きなポスターもついてます。
Searching, Playing, and a little Learning. 
This is a map picture book called "CITIES TOKYO"
Publisher : Shobunsha Publications, Inc.


さがして、あそんで、ちょっとまなべる地図絵本 『シティーズとうきょう』 / 昭文社