Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that is used to wrap all sorts of objects, often in elaborate shapes. In Japanese culture, furoshiki functions as a method of communication, with the ties binding the fabric to the wrapped object representing the ties between people. Using furoshiki to wrap things thus becomes a way of wrapping up and presenting our feelings to others.This instructive book is written in both English and Japanese for bilingual readers and those studying the Japanese language. With the Furoshiki Handbook, you can learn how to wrap gifts, cover bento boxes, and even tie scarves, all while practicing your Japanese skills. With beautiful illustrations and clear instructions, the Furoshiki Handbook will have you creating elaborate masterpieces in no time.
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: Iwata Junko, Otani Kenichi, Kodama Mie, Shimizu Takayuki, Seishi Emi
Marine animals, Japanese flowers, Sumo wrestlers, ghosts.... this handy manual goes beyond the traditional crane shapes to bring you a world of origami. Each page features a traditional chiyogami Japanese pattern: beautiful botanical, animal, and geometric patterns historically thought to bring good luck. Simply tear out and follow the instructions to make your very own folded toys- the inventive shapes and easy steps make for a fun activity for the whole family.
Includes 24 different patterns.
About the Author
Kazuo Kobayashi is the chairman of the International Origami Association and director of the Origami Center in Ochanomizu, Tokyo. An origami master, he teaches classes and lectures on the artform to foster international exchange and promote Japanese culture.
Dimensions: Height: 8" Width: 5"
As much a picture book for adults as it is for children, Brooch is a beautiful, sentimental story about finding your personal identity. Its delicate, rice paper-thin pages are slightly translucent and let you see the drawings awaiting you before you flip to them for a tactile reading experience beyond everyday picture books. This English edition of Brooch is translated from the Japanese by the author herself, keeping the poetic words and message intact through the language barrier.
About the Author
Yayako Uchida is a Japanese actress who found success as an author with Brooch, her first picture book. Her poetic, lyrical version of a children's book has won over children and adults alike with its simple but powerful story of self-discovery. Brooch was created in collaboration with artist Yoshie Watanabe, whose soft, colorful drawings give life to Uchida's fragile words.
Dimensions: Height: 7" Width: 10"
Pages: 136 pages
Written by ramen expert Hayato Ishiyama, the "Ramen Book" is a bilingual guide to one of the most iconic dishes of Japan. Exploring the history of ramen through anecdotes and restaurant profiles, the Ramen Book explores how this casual noodle dish has grown to characterize Japanese regional cuisine, from Sapporo’s thick miso ramen, to Tokyo’s salty soy-sauce broth. With chapters on the best ramen shops in Japan, the components of a ramen shop, and the proper way to eat ramen, Ishiyama makes the case for ramen not just as a delicious meal but as a modern Japanese cultural icon.
Written in Japanese and English
About the Author
A self-described "Ramen Journalist", Hayato Ishiyama is one of Japan's expert authorities on ramen. As the founder of the Ramen Kenkyukai, an official ramen society, he has written extensively about the iconic Japanese dish and has eaten at over 6,000 ramen restaurants. A collaborator and researcher for culinary television programs, he frequently consults for ramen brands and restaurants worldwide.
Dimensions: Height: 6" Width: 5"