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    DescriptionTraditional Japanese packaging is an art form that applies sophisticated design and natural aesthetics to simple objects. In this elegant presentation of the baskets, boxes, wrappers, and containers that were used in ordinary, day-to-day life, we are offered a stunning example of a time before mass production. Largely constructed of bamboo, rice straw, hemp twine, paper, and leaves, all of the objects shown here are made from natural materials. Through 221 black-and-white photographs of authentic examples of traditional Japanese packaging--with commentary on the origins, materials, and use of each piece--the items here offer a look into a lost art, while also reminding us of the connection to nature and the human imprint of handwork that was once so alive and vibrant in our everyday lives. This classic book was originally published under the title "How to Wrap Five More Eggs" in 1975. The eminent American designer George Nelson praised the work featured here, saying, "We have come a long, long way from the kind of thing so beautifully presented in this book. To suit the needs of super mass production, the traditional natural materials are too obstreperous . . . and one by one we have replaced them with the docile, predicable synthetics. . . . What we have gained from these [new] materials and wonderfully complicated processes to make up for the general pollution, rush, crowding, noise, sickness, and slickness is a subject for other forums. But what we have lost for sure is what this book is all about: a once-common sense of fitness in the relationships between hand, material, use, and shape, and above all, a sense of delight in the look and feel of very ordinary, humble things. This book is thus . . . a totally unexpected monument to a culture, a way of life, a universal sensibility carried through all objects down to the smallest, most inconsequential, and ephemeral things." Now, over thirty years later, this revived classic on the art of traditional Japanese packing may leave us with the same response, and the same appreciation for the natural and utile packaging presented in this book.

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    How to Wrap Five Eggs
    Traditional Japanese Packaging
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hideyuki Oka
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 182 mm
    Height: 256 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 780 g
    ISBN 13: 9781590306192
    ISBN 10: 1590306198

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: AJC
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPJ
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 69
    BISAC V2.8: ART000000
    BIC subject category V2: AFT
    B&T Approval Code: A28441200
    DC22: 745.594
    BISAC V2.8: DES003000, ART019000, CRA025000
    DC22: 745.54
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25890
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: ANT035000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: TT870 .O3913 2008
    B&T Approval Code: B94748300
    Thema V1.0: AJC, AFT
    Illustrations note
    221 black and white photographs
    Shambhala Publications Inc
    Imprint name
    Weatherhill Inc
    Publication date
    01 November 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Hideyuki Oka was one of Japan's leading graphic designers.
    Review quote
    "This work's striking full-page photos effectively portray the integration of classic Japanese aesthetics into daily life in Japan. "How to Wrap Five Eggs" is worth purchasing for the pictures alone."--The Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts