Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Exceptional Beauty and Significance

Things Japanese: Everyday Objects of Exceptional Beauty and Significance


By (author) Nicholas Bornoff

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  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (Hong Kong) Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 226mm x 236mm x 14mm | 560g
  • Publication date: 16 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Hong Kong
  • ISBN 10: 480531303X
  • ISBN 13: 9784805313039
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: over 200 full-colour photos and illus
  • Sales rank: 639,839

Product description

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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Author information

Nicholas Bornoff was a film critic for the Japan Times for a decade, and contributed articles about contemporary Japanese culture and society to various English-language magazines. Michael Freeman has photographed extensively in Asia, both for magazines and for numerous books, including "Japan Modern" and "China Home."

Review quote

"The book 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."--Japan Visitor