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Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Exceptional Beauty and Significance

Paperback - 25 March 2014
Bornoff, Nicholas (Author)
Freeman, Michael (Photographer)
ISBN-13 : 9784805313039
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Traditional Japanese design imbues objects with a sense of history and artistry that easily reaches across cultural boundaries. In "Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Extraordinary Beauty and Significance," author Nicholas Bornoff and photographer Michael Freeman examine over 60 traditional objects that are uniquely Japanese, deftly illustrating their beauty and significance.

Beautifully crafted samurai swordsElegant wooden "tansu" chestsElaborate tea ceremony implementsExquisitely carved "netsuke" togglesFabulous silk-and-gold embroidered kimonosEach 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. "Things Japanese" is the perfect book for Japanese antique collectors or anyone interested in Japanese art and the culture and history of Japan.

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5 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 01 September 2014
Very Informative
By: 1000 Things about Japan

This is a very informative, not to mention attractive, book for those who'd like to achieve the same sort of deeper understanding of Japanese culture…

5 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 01 September 2014
By: Japan-Australia

A lot of the objects in the book are highly recognizable, some I see on a daily basis, others are more for historical value rather than daily use. Like most things Japanese they are exquisitely crafted with beauty in their diligent attention to detail and artistry. The book is beautifully presented and shows and describes each object in meticulous detail. Each item is illustrated in glorious full-colour photographs with detailed information, history and cultural context about the object.

5 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 01 September 2014
It's for US
By: Katsu News

Who is this book for? 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, then this book will give you that and more. Knowing the context behind these daily items will give you a better appreciation on the purpose and the meaning of the item itself. We’re the generation that are so used to throwing things away that we have lost appreciation for everyday things, “Things Japanese” will transport you to a time where toys and chests lasts hundreds of years.

5 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 01 September 2014
It's a Treasure
By: Haiku Girl

Things Japanese 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.

5 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 01 September 2014
Very Good Book!
By: Japan Visitor

Each object is illustrated with excellent photos, but the real value of the book is in the "significance" of the objects, not just its history and how they are made, but the part the objects play in Japanese culture.   The author uses some of his own anecdotes but most of the material is drawn from historical sources, Edward Morse's 1886 "Japanese Homes and their Surroundings" seemingly being a favorite.  Again and again I found myself learning something new, even after 14 years of living in and studying Japan. The book will be of use to anyone starting to learn about Japanese art and culture, the photos are good enough for it to work as a coffee table book, but it 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.

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