Synopses & Reviews
Traditional Japanese design imbues objects with a sense of history and artistry that easily reaches across cultural boundaries. In andlt;iandgt;Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Extraordinary Beauty and Significanceandlt;/iandgt;, author Nicholas Bornoff and photographer Michael Freeman examine over 60 traditional objects that are uniquely Japanese, deftly illustrating their beauty and significance.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;ulandgt;andlt;liandgt;Beautifully crafted samurai swordsandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt;Elegant wooden andlt;iandgt;tansuandlt;/iandgt; chestsandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt;Elaborate tea ceremony implementsandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt;Exquisitely carved andlt;iandgt;netsukeandlt;/iandgt; togglesandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt;Fabulous silk-and-gold embroidered kimonosandlt;/liandgt;andlt;/ulandgt;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. andlt;iandgt;Things Japaneseandlt;/iandgt; is the perfect book for Japanese antique collectors or anyone interested in Japanese art and the culture and history of Japan.
"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."and#8212;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."and#8212;Katsu News
"andlt;iandgt;Things Japaneseandlt;/iandgt; 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."and#8212;Haiku Girl
"This is a must have book for any fan of Japanese culture and art."and#8212;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."and#8212;Japan Visitor
This gorgeous guide to Japanese life chronicles more than 60 native Japanese objects. Each object featured is accompanied by detailed text describing its historical significance and place in everyday Japanese life. You'll learn about the origins and uses of everything from folding paper fans to lacquerware combs to ceramic tea bowls. The perfect introduction to Japan, Things Japanese offers an innovative look into this diverse and fascinating culture.
A delightful look at over sixty objects that are uniquely Japanese
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Nicholas Bornoffandlt;/bandgt; was a film critic for the Japan Times for a decade, and contributed articles about contemporary Japanese culture and society to various English-language magazines.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Michael Freemanandlt;/bandgt; has photographed extensively in Asia, both for magazines and for numerous books, including andlt;iandgt;Japan Modernandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;China Homeandlt;/iandgt;.