Japan: Art
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Beguin: Buddhist Art. An Historical and Cultural Journey. Hb

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  • Buddhist Art. An Historical and Cultural Journey.
  • Giles Beguin, 2009
  • Hardback, 400 pages, 650 colour ill., 310 x 240 mm. Buddhism and its art is the one truly unifying factor of the entire Asian continent and has become a fundamental part of our shared world heritage. To draw a unique portrait of this art in a single work is a formidable undertaking due to the great plurality of traditions spanning different countries and regions over various epochs. Furthermore, the variability in the state of conservation of Buddhist monuments and their decorations provides additional challenges. A passionate scholar of Buddhist art, Giles Beguin has chosen to organise his work in the form of an historical atlas. Thus together with beautiful photography, plans and reconstructions of the monuments and their magnificent works of art, this book also contains previously unpublished cartography. The author takes the reader on an historical and cultural journey across the vast continent of Asia stretching from India, Sri Lanka and Gandhara to countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and Burma in Southeast Asia up to the Himalayan kingdoms of Nepal and Tibet before arriving at the far eastern civilisations of China, Korean and Japan.
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Tsunetomo: Hagakure. Secret Wisdom of the Samurai. Paperback

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  • Hagakure : Secret Wisdom of the Samurai.
  • Tsunetomo, Yamamoto
  • Pb., 288 pages, 130 x 203 mm. 2014
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Brown: The Politics of Reclusion. Painting and Power in Momoyama Japan. Paperback

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  • Politics of Reclusion. Painting and Power in Momoyama Japan. Paperback
  • Kendall H. Brown
  • 248 pages, 34 illustrations, notes, glossary, bibliography and index

Cage: National Museum of Modern Art: Japanese Lacquer Art. Cloth

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  • Japanese Lacquer Art. Cloth. ca. 27 x 35 cm
  • edited by the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Translated by Richard L. Cage
  • With 246 colour-plates and over 100 colour illustrations of the technical processes,  samples, patterns, etc., Guide and biographies to artists. 1982

Covaci: Kamakura : Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan. Hb

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  • Kamakura. Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan.
  • Ive Covaci
  • Pb., 192 pages, 65 color illus., 299 x 222 mm.
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Earle: Lethal Elegance: The Art of Samurai Sword Fittings. Pb

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  • Lethal Elegance: The Art of Samurai Sword Fittings. (in the UK: 'Soul of the Samurai')
  • by Joe Earle. Paperback, 256 pages. 2011

Fischer: The Art of Japanese Craft. 1875 to the Present. Paperback

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  • Art of Japanese Craft. 1875 to the Present. Paperback
  • Felice Fischer
  • 60 pages, 140 bw and color illustrations. 2008. One of the first illustrated surveys in English of modern-era Japanese crafts, including ceramics, lacquerware, metalcraft, and wood, this elegant book, with 70 color illustrations, is an invaluable guide for the collector and scholar

Freese: Die Kunstwerke des japanischen Schreiners. Traditionelle Holztechniken und ihre Erzeugnisse. Gebunden

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  • Kunstwerke des japanischen Schreiners. Traditionelle Holztechniken und ihre Erzeugnisse. Gebunden. 23,5x30cm
  • Thomas Freese
  • 112 Seiten, zahlreiche zum Teil farbigen Abbildungen. 1991

Gonick: Matsuri!: Japanese Festival Arts. Paperback

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  • Matsuri! Japanese Festival Arts. Paperback
  • edited by Gloria Gonick
  • 256 pages. 332 illustrations. 2002. The spectacular Japanese community festivals known as matsuri are centuries old. Even today, in a society driven by technological advancement, these annual rites continue to function as a mechanism for purification and renewal and also to ensure all aspects of communal productivity.

Graham: Tea of the Sages: The Art of Sencha. Paperback

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  • Tea of the Sages: The Art of Sencha. Paperback
  • by Patricia Jane Graham. viii, 259 pages. 1999
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Habu, Junko: Ancient Jomon of Japan. Paperback

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  • Ancient Jomon of Japan. Paperback
  • Junko Habu. 348 pages, 79 illustrations 15 tables 30 maps. 2004. Habu illustrates recent developments in the archaeology of the Jomon period (circa 14,500–300 BC) of Japan and presents new analyses. Unlike most prehistoric pottery using peoples, the Jomon people are thought to have been hunter-gatherers.

Harris: Cutting Edge. Japanese Swords in the British Museum. Paperback

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  • Cutting Edge. Japanese Swords in the British Museum. Paperback
  • by Victor Harris
  • 160 pages with 30 colour and 320 bw illustrations. 2004. A fully illustrated catalogue of a hundred swords and their fittings to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum from October 2004 to March 2005. In no other culture has the sword been developed to such a level of technological excellence and attained such a position of spiritual importance as in Japan.

Hickman: Japan's Golden Age: Momoyama Period: 1573-1615. Published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1996. Paperback

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  • Japan's Golden Age: Momoyama Period: 1573-1615.  Published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1996. Paperback. ca. 23x28 cm
  • Money L. Hickman, editor
  • 320 pages, maps, chronological tables, bibliography, index. 162 colour illustrations, many figures. 1996. The Momoyama period (1568-1615) was one of the most dynamic eras in Japan's history. This work explores the history, culture and aesthetics of the period by analyzing and reproducing masterpieces of artists in many media, such as paintings, sculpture, calligraphy and ceramics

Hillier: The Art of Hokusai in Book Illustration. Cloth

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  • Art of Hokusai in Book Illustration. Cloth. 25x30,5 cm
  • by Jack Hillier
  • 288 pages, 229 black-white and colour illustrations. Appendix: Chronological list of books with illustrations by Hokusai. Select bibliography, Glossary and Index. 1980. The first monograph to deal exclusively with Hokusai's prints in book-form

Hiroyuki: Edo Craftsmen. Master Artisans of Old Tokyo. Hardback

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  • Edo Craftsmen. Master Artisans of Old Tokyo. Hardback
  • Photographs by T. Hiroyuki, Text by Th. F. Judge
  • 142 pages, large number of illustrations. 1994. From 1600, Edo (now Tokyo) grew in wealth through three centuries of peace, and master artisans called "shokunin" - woodcarvers, weavers, metalsmiths, printers and kimono makers - were both the builders of Edo and the makers of its treasures. This book features 12 master artisans of Tokyo.

Ho Kam-chuen: Kagoshima Art. Catalogue. Kagoshima Art Exhibition, Kagoshima

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  • Kagoshima Art. Catalogue. Kagoshima Art Exhibition. November 1992 - January 1993
  • Ho Kam-chuen
  • 80 pages, with 55, mostly in colour, illustrations

Hockley, Isoda: The Prints of Isoda Koryusai: Floating World Culture and Its Consumers in Eighteenth-Century Japan. Hardcover

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  • Prints of Isoda Koryusai: Floating World Culture and Its Consumers in Eighteenth-Century Japan. Hardcover
  • by Allen Hockley and Koryusai Isoda
  • 336 pages, 59 illustrations, 8 in color, bibliography, index. 2003

Itoh: Imperial Gardens of Japan. Cloth

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  • Imperial Gardens of Japan. Cloth. ca. 27 x 36 cm
  • Photographs by Takeji Iwamiya, Text by Teiji Itoh
  • With 138 pages of colour-photographs and 72 pages in monochrome gravure. 1990

Kapp, Yoshihara: Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths: From 1868 to the Present. Hardcover

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  • Modern Japanese Swords and Swordsmiths: From 1868 to the Present. Hardcover
  • Leon and Hiroko Kapp, Yoshindo Yoshihara. Photography by Tom Kishida
  • Hardback, c. 224 pages. New edition, 2013. In this authoritative new book, Leon and Hiroko Kapp, together with leading swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara describe this most recent period of sword history, and present the work of key craftsmen active today. Through a detailed chronicle of major events in the modern sword world, the authors illustrate the developments in sword-making, its movement into artistic spheres, and the challenges swordsmiths have faced over the last century.
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Kapp: The Craft of the Japanese Sword. Hardback

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  • Craft of the Japanese Sword. Hardback
  • Leon Kapp, Yoshindo Yoshihara
  • 168 pages. 1987. From raw steel to tempered blade, this text presents a visual account of the ancient craft of swordmaking as practiced in modern Japan.

Keramik Kosmos Japan - Die Sammlung Crueger. Paperback

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  • Keramik Kosmos Japan - Die Sammlung Crueger.
  • Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Bestandskatalog
  • Paperback, 192 S., m. 420 Farbabb.
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Keyes: The Male Journey in Japanese Prints. Cloth

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  • Male Journey in Japanese Prints. Cloth edition. 24x31cm
  • Roger Keyes
  • xxx, 190 pages, 255 illustrations, in colour and black-white. 1989. A collection of Japanese prints portrays the events and emotions in the life of a Japanese male

Kinsella: Adult Manga. Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanese Society. Paperback

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  • Adult Manga. Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanese Society. Paperback
  • Sharon Kinsella
  • 228 pages, with illustrations. 2000. Describes and analyses the complex new attitudes to manga since the 1980s. Provocative and timely, the book shows how manga's status in Japanese society is intimately linked to changes in the balance of power between artists and editors

Lee: History of Far Eastern Art. Fifth edition. Cloth

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  • History of Far Eastern Art. Fifth edition. 22x30 cm. Cloth
  • by Sherman E. Lee, edited by Naomi N. Richard
  • 576 pages, 66 colour and 735 bw-illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. 1994. This is an account of the visual arts of Asia, from the Indus River to Japan and Java, between the fifth millennium BC and AD 1850. Each chapter begins with a concise historical introduction and the discussions are structured chronologically, examining many archaeological discoveries.

Malm: Six Hidden Views of Japanese Music. Cloth.

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  • Six Hidden Views of Japanese Music. Cloth
  • by William P. Malm
  • 222 pages, 27 figures, 54 musical examples. 1986. The audio-cassette-tape is not available anymore!

Mitchelhill: Castles of the Samurai: Power and Beauty. Hardcover

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  • Castles of the Samurai: Power and Beauty. Hardcover
    By Jennifer Mitchelhill. Photographs by David Green
  • 112 pages, illustrated with powerful, full-color photographs. 2004. This book gives not only the background to this era, but also details the essential elements of castle construction, such as location, layout, walls, moats, towers, storehouses, gates, shooting holes, and more. Each of these elements is described and illustrated in such a way as to etch them on the mind.

Nelson Davis: Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty. Cloth

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  • Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty. Cloth
  • by Julie Nelson Davis
  • 256 pages. 114 illustrations, 66 in color. February 2008. By offering this new approach to the constructions of identity, to the roles of gender, sexuality and celebrity in the Edo Period, Davis here makes a significant contribution to the field in showing us the constructed nature of ‘the spectacle of beauty.’

Pal: American Collectors of Asian Art. Cloth

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  • American Collectors of Asian Art. Cloth. 25x33 cm
  • edited by Pratapaditya Pal
  • 224 pages, with numerous colour and black-white illustrations. 1986

Phillips: The Practices of Painting in Japan, 1475-1500. Cloth

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  • Practices of Painting in Japan, 1475-1500. Cloth
  • Quitman E. Phillips
  • 281 pages, 8 illustrations, glossary, index, bibliography. 2000. Phillips focuses on the conditions, procedures, events, and social interplay that characterized the production of paintings in late 15th-century Japan. Drawing also from sociology and social history, he examines the major primary documents of the period to dispel some long embedded assumptions in the historiography of late medieval Japanese painting

Roshi: Shodo. The Quiet Art of Japanese ZEN Calligraphy. Hardback

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  • Shodo : The Quiet Art of Japanese ZEN Calligraphy.
  • Roshi, Gengo Akiba; Sato, Shozo
  • Hardback, 176 pages, Full-Colour Throughout; 30 ZEN Koans, 304 x 228 mm.

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Rousmaniere: Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th - 19th Centuries

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  • Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th - 19th Centuries
  • edited by Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere
  • 272 pages, 250 colour and 60 bw illustrations. 2002. The Japanese term "kazari" is used to describe the process that transforms the ordinary object into something extraordinary. This catalogue shows how this dynamic works in six specific Japanese artistic and social contexts, presenting contributions from leading scholars in the field

Sato: The Japanese Sword. A Comprehensive Guide. Hardback

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  • Japanese Sword. A Comprehensive Guide. Hardback
  • Kanzan Sato, Joe Earle
  • 180 pages, with 22 colour and 147 black white illustrations. 1983. One of the foremost experts on the Japanese sword describes their history and appreciations in this book, with photographs and illustrations.

Silvester: Das Klassische Japan. Informationen über Japan von "A-Z", nicht nur erklärt, sonder auch Ihre historisch-kulturellen Ursprünge. Gebunden

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  • Das Klassische Japan. Informationen über Japan von "A-Z", nicht nur erklärt, sonder auch Ihre historisch-kulturellen Ursprünge. 23x30 cm. Gebunden
  • Shuichi Kato, Hans W. Silvester
  • 96 Seiten mit viele schwarz-weiss und Farbfotos. 1988

Stanley-Baker: Japanese Art. Second edition. Paperback

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  • Japanese Art. Revised, 2nd edition. Paperback
  • Joan Stanley-Baker
  • 224 pages, 167 illustrations (51 in colour). 2000. A concise overview of a fascinating but perplexing culture, from the prehistoric period to the present, bringing together the results of recent research. It addresses itself equally to those who come to Japanese art for the first time and to the student

Takaiwa, Yoshihara, Kapp: The Art of Japanese Sword Polishing. Hardcover

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  • Art of Japanese Sword Polishing. Hardcover
  • Setsuo Takaiwa, Yoshindo Yoshihara, Leon and Hiroko Kapp
  • 192 pages. 2006. Japanese swords have long been prized for their aesthetic beauty as well as their functional properties. As polishing plays a vital role in determining the sword's final shape and appearance, an understanding of the polisher's art is essential for anyone interested in this unique weapon.

Thornbury: The Folk Performing Arts. Traditional Culture in Contemporary Japan. Paperback

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  • Folk Performing Arts. Traditional Culture in Contemporary Japan. Paperback
  • Barbara E. Thornbury
  • xxi, 203 pages, with 36 illustrations. 1997

Tsuchiya: Netsuke : 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan. Paperback

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  • Netsuke. 100 Miniature Masterpieces from Japan.
  • By: Tsuchiya, Noriko
  • Pb., 224 pages, 200 colour illustrations. 2014
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Waley: Oriental Art and Culture: A Study of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese Art. In 2 Volumes. Cloth

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  • Oriental Art and Culture: A Study of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese Art. Cloth. 22x28.5cm
  • Arthur Waley
  • Volume I: 142 pages with text and five text-illustrations. Volume II: 62 Plates in colour and black-white. Indian publication: The photographs are not perfect. Price for the complete set

Yiengpruksawan: Hiraizumi. Buddhist Art and Regional Politics in Twelfth-Century Japan. Hardcover

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  • Hiraizumi. Buddhist Art and Regional Politics in Twelfth-Century Japan. Hardcover.
  • Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan
  • xiv, 263 pages. 1999. In 12th-century Japan, the Hiraizumi Fujiwara's filled their city with art in an attempt to claim a religious and political mandate. This study examines the rise of the Hiraizumi Fujiwara, analyzes their construction programme, and traces the strategies by which they tried to legitimate their rule