For centuries, Japanese basket craftsmen have passed down their artful techniques to young apprentices, often over the course of years. In this book, you will learn the secrets of the trade, from the art of cutting and slicing bamboo, to how to make your own baskets. Profiles and interviews with respected basket artisans give you an insider look into their ancient weaving, bamboo twisting and basketmaking techniques. Whether you’re following along in English or Japanese, this bilingual edition is an excellent way to practice both your crafting and language skills!
Includes chapters on:
- Foundational bamboo knowledge (the main types and their characteristics)
- Foundational bamboo basket knowledge (their history, regional types and how they were used)
- Basket construction process (selecting the right bamboo, making thin strips, weave types and weaving techniques)
- Maintenance, uses of different baskets, new work by young makers.
Featured artisans:Â Iwata Junko, Otani Kenichi, Kodama Mie, Shimizu Takayuki, Seishi Emi
Create your own paper toys with this tearable workbook, featuring cut-out shapes and silhouettes to fold into animals, machines, or vehicles. The book is made of sturdy paper, letting you color and paint your own toy as you choose. To help you practice the language, folding instructions are written in Japanese with visual cartoon panels to walk you through every step of the process. Every workbook features 5 projects, with levels of difficulty ranging from Â level 1 to 5.Materials: paper
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Yuka Shimada’s Bam and Kero series is an immensely popular picture book series starring two unlikely friends: a responsible dog named Bam, and Kero, a small, mischievous frog. On a rainy Sunday, Bam wants nothing more than to clean the house and settle down with a good book. As he’s finishing tidying up, his friend Kero comes back from playing outside, tracking mud everywhere. After cleaning up both Kero and the house, Bam and Kero look for a new book in the attic. But something is up there that scares them away. Together, they’ll have to devise a plan to get their book out of the attic.About the Author
A trip to the museum, a drive around the country, a weekend at the seaside; the wheels of this little wooden bus take your little one on all sorts of adventures. Carved from smooth beechwood and sealed with natural beeswax, this natural toy features six removable figurines to shuttle around and play with.
About Moku Yusya
These artful wooden toys are created in a small toymakers’ workshop based in the rural prefecture of Ehime, where beechwood trees grow locally. Made with all-natural materials, each classic toy is designed to be passed down through the generations. A portion of proceeds from the purchase of these toys is donated to support the Carbon Offsetting Project, a Japan-based effort to combat global climate change.Â
Materials: Beech wood, beeswax finish
Dimensions: Height: 4 ¼”, Width: 9 ½”Â