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The Art of Emptiness
The Art of Emptiness
Sakaida Kakiemon XIV
Translated by Gavin Frew
For several hundred years, Japanese porcelain has been highly acclaimed and sought after around the ...
The Book of Urushi
The Book of Urushi
Matsuda Gonroku
Translated by Michael Brase and Komada Makiko
Supervised by Murose Kazumi
Urushi, Japanese lacquerware, is perhaps the oldest and most sublime of all the Japanese arts and cr...
Designing Japan
Designing Japan
Hara Kenya
Translated by Maggie Kinser Hohle and Naito Yukiko
Designing Japan: A Future Built on Aesthetics presents renowned designer Kenya Hara’s vision of how ...
Japanese Art in Perspective
Japanese Art in Perspective
Takashina Shūji
Translated by Matt Treyvaud
How do Japanese and Western aesthetics differ? In this comparative cultural study, Takashina Shūji, ...
The Japanese Sense of Beauty
The Japanese Sense of Beauty
Takashina Shūji
Translated by Matt Treyvaud
What makes Japanese art unique? In The Japanese Sense of Beauty, art critic and historian Takashina ...
The Kidai Shōran Scroll
The Kidai Shōran Scroll
Ozawa Hiromu and Kobayashi Tadashi
Translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter
The Kidai Shōran is a magnificent painted Japanese scroll, an artistic rendering of one of the most ...
The Music of Color
The Music of Color
Shimura Fukumi
Translated by Matt Treyvaud
Photographs by Inoue Takao
“I have received color without limit from the natural world in the years since I entered the dyer’s ...
Soetsu Yanagi
Soetsu Yanagi
Yanagi Soetsu
Translated by Michael Brase
● Sixteen incisive essays by Soetsu Yanagi, founder of the Japanese folk craft movement and author o...
The World of Ito Jakuchu
The World of Ito Jakuchu
Sato Yasuhiro
Translated by Michael Brase
In 1760, when the Japanese painter Ito Jakuchu was working on his magnum opus, Plants and Animals in...