Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Exceptional Beauty and Significance

Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Exceptional Beauty and Significance

by Nicholas Bornoff
     
 

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Traditional Japanese design imbues objects with a sense of history and artistry that easily reaches across cultural boundaries. In Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Extraordinary Beauty and Significance, author Nicholas Bornoff and photographer Michael Freeman examine over 60 traditional objects that are uniquely Japanese, deftly illustrating their

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Traditional Japanese design imbues objects with a sense of history and artistry that easily reaches across cultural boundaries. In Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Extraordinary Beauty and Significance, author Nicholas Bornoff and photographer Michael Freeman examine over 60 traditional objects that are uniquely Japanese, deftly illustrating their beauty and significance.

  • Beautifully crafted samurai swords
  • Elegant wooden tansu chests
  • Elaborate tea ceremony implements
  • Exquisitely carved netsuke toggles
  • Fabulous silk-and-gold embroidered kimonos
Each item is described in loving detail alongside lovely full-color photographs that highlight the great artistry and craftsmanship in everyday items used by real people in traditional Japan. Things Japanese is the perfect book for Japanese antique collectors or anyone interested in Japanese art and the culture and history of Japan.

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"It offers an in-depth guide to those little things that you see all over Japan, but don't know what they mean, how they came about, or how they came about, or even why they happen to be placed where they are."—1000 Things About Japan

"If you are looking for an introduction on Japanese everyday items from the past or just have a vague curiosity on the things you see in anime or when you had that summer vacation in Japan, this book will give you that and more."—Katsu News

"Things Japanese is an incredibly well designed and written book, and is an absolute pleasure to dip into. It will become something of a permanent fixture on my coffee table, as well as being an invaluable resource for my blog posts about Japanese culture."—Haiku Girl

"This is a must have book for any fan of Japanese culture and art."—Japan Australia

"The book would be invaluable to anyone planning a trip to Japan and wanting to have a good grounding in the meanings of much of what you will see and experience."—Japan Visitor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784805313039
Publisher:
Periplus Editions (HK) ltd.
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,350,373
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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