Traditional Japanese Arts & Crafts


Hokusai’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, an

  Editorial supervision by James Ulak and Frank Feltens (Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery) With an essay by art historian Shugo Asano In Japanese     Witness the awesome creative passion of a master in his last years: the world’s largest collection of Hokusai’s brush works, published in book form for the first time.   While perhaps less famed than his woodblock prints, Katsushika Hokusai’s brush works nonetheless embody his efforts to


The Blossoming of Imperial Culture

  Editorial supervision by Komatsu Taishu In Japanese and English   Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Meiji period: the skills and beauty that adorned the Meiji court.   After 1868, when Japan emerged from centuries of seclusion to begin joining the ranks of the Western powers, the court of the Meiji emperor became the new “face” of the country—a showpiece combining Japanese tradition with Western progress. This book tells the story o


Raku : A Legacy of Japanese Tea Ceramics

  Kichizaemon Raku English     Beginning with the first-generation tea bowl master, Chojiro (-1589 ), the Raku family has a proud 430-year history of producing tea bowls for the tea ceremony. This book contains a collection of full-color photographs of 206 works produced by the tea bowl masters of the Raku family from 1st-generation master Chojiro to 15th-generation Raku Kichizaemon (current family head) and his son, 16th-generation Raku Atsundo. This is the first


Hokusai Manga (three-volume boxed set

  Commentary by Seiji Nagata (Ota Memorial Museum of Art) In Japanese     For manga enthusiasts, a feast for the eyes!   An enduring bestseller since its first publication some 200 years ago in the early nineteenth century, the Hokusai Manga collection of sketches by the ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai bursts with lively caricatures and richly narrative images that had a huge impact on succeeding generations in Japan, the land of manga. This compact but complet


Everyday Flower Arrangements in Kyoto Vol.

  With forewords by flower artist Toshiro Kawase and pediatrician Kiyonobu Katou In Japanese and English   (さらに…)


Everyday Flower Arrangements in Kyoto Vol.

  With a foreword by textile dye historian Sachio Yoshioka In Japanese and English   (さらに…)


Cross-dressers in Ukiyo-e

  Akira Watanabe In Japanese     The culture of cross-dressing – men wearing women’s clothes and vice versa ­– is a phenomenon that has existed for a long time both in the East and in the West. In Japan, the story of Osu no Mikoto (Yamato Takeru) wiping out Kumaso in women’s clothes, as told in the Kojiki and Nihonshoki, immediately springs to mind as an early example of cross-dressing, and customs of boys dressed like girls, male performers in female


Play with Ukiyo-e: Children’s and Toy Uk

  Text and editorial supervision by Murasaki Fujisawa and Yosuke Kato In Japanese with English list of works     Children are the stars in this ukiyo-e collection giving a fun and unique look into Edo culture.   Harunobu, Utamaro, Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi . . . think these masters drew only actors and beauties? This vibrant collection brings together nearly 170 ukiyo-e prints themed on children and play, from portrayals of spirited youngsters and loving families



  Shinichiro Ogata, Satoshi Kawamoto Photography by Yuichi Ikeda, Eisuke Komatsubara In Japanese and English   (さらに…)


The Perfect Guide To Sumo

  Ito Katsuharu (the 34th Kimura Shonosuke) Translator by David Shapiro In Japanese and English Sumo, with over 1,500 years of history, is a religious rite, a part of traditional cultural with a rich esthetic and a truly exciting combative sport. In recent years, thanks to SNS and a variety of new magazines, a whole new category of female sumo fan known as the, “sujo” (literally the, “sumo girls”) has sprung up. Due to the quality of international broadcasts and the nu