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Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture

Hardcover - 30 September 2014
ISBN-13 : 9784805312506
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**Winner, Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title 2015**

This Japanese design book presents the arts, aesthetics and culture of Japan with over 160 stunning color photos and extensive historical and cultural commentary.

The Japanese sensibility often possesses an intuitive, emotional appeal, whether it's a silk kimono, a carefully raked garden path, an architectural marvel, a teapot, or a contemporary work of art. This allure has come to permeate the entire culture of Japan--it is manifest in the most mundane utensil and snack food packaging, as well as in Japanese architecture and fine art.

In Japanese Design, Asian art expert and author Patricia J. Graham explains how Japanese aesthetics based on fine craftsmanship and simplicity developed. Her unusual, full-color presentation reveals this design aesthetic in an absorbing way. Focusing on ten elements of Japanese design, Graham explores how visual qualities, the cultural parameters and the Japanese religious traditions of Buddhism and Shinto have impacted the appearance of its arts.

Japanese Design is a handbook for the millions of us who have felt the special allure of Japanese art, culture and crafts. Art and design fans and professionals have been clamoring for this--a book that fills the need for an intelligent, culture-rich overview of what Japanese design is and means.

Topics explored in Japanese Design include:

  • The Aesthetics of Japanese Design
  • The Cultural Parameters of Japanese Design
  • Early Promoters of "Artistic Japan" 1830s-1950s

Customer Reviews

14 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 11 November 2014
Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture
By: Japanese Design

I am fascinated by Japanese design, so I had a great pleasure in reading Patricia J. Graham’s book. It’s a very interesting and affordable publication for anyone keen on Japanese aesthetics. If you want to broaden your knowledge about this topic, this book will smoothly guide you through all those interesting issues.

14 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 11 November 2014
Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture
By: East Wind Inc

I would say that for the person for  whom Japan and it’s aesthetics is all new ( and we hope, thrilling) this book is very useful to explain what the Japanese are in touch with, and how it developed. This book traces the history and cultural significance of what the Japanese ( as well as those of us in the West who are open to it) consider beautiful, and along with the imagery of the book the explanation of what we’re looking at is truly illuminating.

14 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 11 November 2014
Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture
By: Midwest Book Review

Former professor and museum curator Patricia J. Graham presents Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture, a studious exploration of the artistic ideals that permeate Japanese culture, from its architecture and fine objects of art to everyday utensils or snack food packaging. Full color photography on almost every page illustrate Graham's insights into the history, traditions, and aesthetic principles of expressions ranging from folk crafts to architecture, clothing, pottery, woodblock printings, silk hangings and much more. A treasury for art connoisseurs as well as students and scholars in search of inspiration, Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture is highly recommended.

14 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 02 October 2014
By: Takishita Yoshihiro, architect, Kamakura, Japan

Patricia Graham brings us a world of joy and surprise in her new way of looking at Japan's long and unique design tradition that has a basis in deep rooted values deriving from nature worship and a social structure emphasizing tight bonds between community members. She succeeds beautifully in revealing its essential points through her presentation that features both a wide range of fine arts and the unknown craftsman's point of view.

14 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 02 October 2014
By: Ellen P. Conant, Independent Scholar

Patricia Graham has skillfully identified the main currents of the Japanese design sensibility and succinctly traced their origins and permutations in terminology, usage, and formal values over the course of Japan’s historic eras.  She seamlessly traces the interaction of Japan and the West during the nineteenth century and highlights the brilliant innovations achieved through to the present both contextually and by means of a wide-ranging medley of illustrations. A further bonus is the more than two dozen capsule biographies of the Japanese and Western philosophers, scholars, artists, architects and craftsmen whose contributions merit further attention.

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