Japanese sacred geometry—paper, wood, bamboo, fiber, clay, metal, and stone. The word katachi, roughly sense of form, is difficult to define in other languages. This handy book features about 600 objects and forms made by the materials that have been passed down for over a thousand years, such as paper, wood, bamboo, fiber, clay, metal, and stone. Examples of uniquely Japanese katachi include shoji, sliding panels of paper on wooden frames; uchiwa, flat fans; geta, wooden clogs; boxwood combs; bamboo birdcages; tatami mats; fude, calligraphy brushes; sword blades; kanazuchi, a hummer and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9784756241573
Publisher: PIE Books
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Takeji Iwamiya was one of Japan’s foremost photographers and a professor at the Osaka University of Arts. In his many published books and exhibitions he explored subjects including gardens, images of the Buddha, and traditional Japanese motifs and was the recipient of the Education Minister’s Art Encouragement Prize. Kazuya Takaoka has won numerous awards for his book and art direction and design. Among his works are Noh: Classical Japanese Performing Art (PIE Books) and Hokusai Manga (PIE International).

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