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    Japanese Craftsmanship

    Part six in a series of handy bilingual guides to Japanese culture, exploring the world of Japanese collectables, apparel, tableware, and houseware. A stunning visual guide to the traditional handmade arts, written in both English and Japanese.

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    Come, Lady, Come! (Otafuku Koi Koi!)

    The new masterpiece comedic story by self-proclaimed "queen of negative thoughts" Tenten Hosokawa, author of best-selling manga Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite (My S.O. Has Got Depression) and Sore de ii (That’s Fine). A collection of comic essays for inviting happiness through rakugo, a traditional style of Japanese comedic storytelling.

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    Reading & Understanding Haiku—Poetic Almanac of Seasonal Words: Winter & New Year’s

    Complete with full-color photographs and commentary on each and every poem. This is the final volume in the well-received series; accessible even for newcomers in the world of poetry! Enjoy all four poetic almanacs—Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter & New Year’s—now available as a complete set.

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    Donald Keene

    International scholar of Japanese literature Donald Keene writes of his life and everyday experiences amidst Japanese people and culture. Keene, the ever-spry 95-year-old author, explores Japanese aesthetics at times with great delight, and at others, with harsh critique!

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    The Shining Calendar

    Yukari Iishi may be a wildly popular horoscope writer, but this book on the 24 Japanese seasons—the “shining calendar”—combined with the colorful art of Taiko Matsu, truly speaks to the heart! Full of light and hope for times when we are surrounded by darkness.

  • BookLiterature

    Reading & Understanding Haiku—Poetic Almanac of Seasonal Words: Autumn

    A must-have for any haiku enthusiast, Autumn is the the third book in the four-season series Reading & Understanding Haiku—Poetic Almanac of Seasonal Words. Featuring stunning cover-art by master painter Chinami Nakajima.

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    Reading & Understanding Haiku—Poetic Almanac of Seasonal Words: Summer

    Second volume in a four-part series featuring all the poetic seasonal words for Japanese haiku. This is the definitive encyclopedia of seasonal terms that any Japanese person would want to collect, and an invaluable resource for haiku enthusiasts experienced and new.

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    Japanese Gardens: Bilingual Guide to Japan

    This volume is the fifth book in a popular series of bilingual guides, useful for sightseeing, learning about traditional culture, and language study! Learn how to best appreciate Japanese gardens and discover the wonderful world of Kyoto temples and the vast gardens of the old samurai estates. Written in both Japanese and English with an additional glossary for ultimate comprehensibility.

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    Kyoto Kimono to Color and Display!

    A coloring book that showcases the delicate beauty of Kyoto kimono. After coloring the garments you can cut them out and display them as decorations. The bilingual text includes English explanations of the classic patterns and production methods of Kyo-Yuzen kimono design. Includes an extra-large coloring pattern and a 70-centimeter long cherry-blossom design.

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    The Spirit of Furoshiki

    Tokyo Governor and former Environment Minister Yuriko Koike is an enthusiastic user of the traditional wrapping cloth known as furoshiki. This ancient Japanese lifestyle accessory enjoys renewed appreciation today for its ecological, energy-conserving virtues. In this book, Koike extols the charms and uses of the furoshiki, providing everything from historical background to tying tips accompanied by photos and illustrations. Written in Japanese and English.

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    Amazing Kyoto: 3.2 million “Likes” from around the world

    The world’s most popular guide to Kyoto is “Kyoto Fan,” the Facebook fan page written by a team of residents of the city who hail from around the world. Learn about Kyoto as seen through non-Japanese eyes and find out which scenic spots and foods get the most “Likes.” Written in both English and Japanese.

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    Photographic Kabuki Kaleidoscope 

    A parade of color photos of costumes, wigs, hair ornaments, hand props, stage sets, and more immerses the reader in the extravagant beauty of the Kabuki stage, accompanied by comments from a performer’s perspective by the renowned actor Ichikawa Somegoro. Written in both English and Japanese.