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47 Titles as of Feb. 22, 2006

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TITLE: Kiln Site Guide: Japanese Ceramics, Mino
$33.00
  • Published by Tankosha, 2003
  • 150 x 210 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 128 pages, 79 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • One of a series of publications focusing on Japanese ceramics. This book introduces 11 different kiln sites in Japan, with a focus on Mino and the characteristics of Mino ware. Over 51 color photos of historic masterpieces, and 14 photos of modern and contemporary masterpieces. This book covers Mino's history and production process, amongst other kiln sites. This is a compact guidebook to one of Japan's most treasured kiln sites. Japanese only.

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TITLE: Kiln Site Guide: Japanese Ceramics, Satsuma
$33.00
  • Author Yoshiro Watanabe
  • Published by Tankosha, 2003
  • 150 x 210 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 128 pages, 86 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • One volume in an 11-part series of introductory books on Japanese ceramics, focusing on 11 different kiln sites throughout Japan. This particular book focuses on Satsuma, covering its basic characteristics and highlights, with over 59 color photographs of historic masterpieces, 11 photographs of modern and contemporary masterpieces. Book also covers Satsuma history and its production process, amongst other topics. This is a compact guidebook to one of Japan's most distinctive kiln types, and it does a wonderful job in highlighting the beauty of Satsuma ware. In Japanese only.

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TITLE: Kiln Site Guide: Japanese Ceramics, Shigaraki and Iga
$33.00
  • Author Noriko Otsuki
  • Published by Tankosha, 2003
  • 150 x 210 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 128 pages, 79 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only
  • This series covers respective kiln sites throughout Japan, with a total of 11 different locales. In this book, the adjacent kiln sites of Shigaraki and Iga are featured. While explaining the key points and characteristics of these two medieval kilns, it features color photographs of 47 historic masterpieces, 19 modern and contemporary masterpieces, a history of Shigaraki and Iga, as well as introducing the studio work process of Shigaraki artist Sawa Kiyotsugu. An important and compact guide for those wishing to learn the major characteristics of different Japanese kiln sites. In Japanese only.

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TITLE: Ko-Garatsu
$50.00
  • Published by Idemitsu Museum of Arts, 2004
  • 227 X 290 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 216 pages, 161 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese only (short English intro)
  • This is an exhibition catalog from an outstanding exhibition of old Karatsu (Ko-Garatsu) works at the Idemitsu museum in Tokyo. The Idemitsu Ko-Garatsu collection is the largest in Japan and this exhibition catalog features 161 pieces (mostly Tea ceremony utensils) in all the classical Karatsu styles. Photos of many shards are also included. Opening statement, photo captions, and form introductions in English, all other essays in Japanese only.
  • Click here for a review of this exhibition published in the Japan Times. For a photo tour of this exhibition (60 photos), click here.

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Ko-Kutani-Searching-for-Clue-to-its-Mystery-1.JPG TITLE: Ko-Kutani:
Searching for the Clue to its Mystery

$47.00
  • Published by Idemitsu Museum of Arts, 2004
  • 214 X 280mm
  • Soft cover
  • 230 pages, 120 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese (Some English)
  • Ko-Kutani or "old" Kutani is still shrouded in mystery as to its origins and history. This ambitious exhibition catalog is from the Idemitsu Museum's exhibition that attempts to shed light on Ko-Kutani's mystery using the latest archaeological evidence. The catalog is divided into eight sections that focus on large platters, "five colors," Chinese influences, Ao-de Kutani, red enamels, and Nabeshima, among others, showing 120 works all in color photos followed by many pages of shards and excavation sites photos. Forward, photo captions and four-page summary essay in English, all other essays, list of works, etc. in Japanese only.

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TITLE: Old Kutani & Yoshidaya Style
The Romance of Old Kutani and the Brilliance of the Yoshidaya Style

$57.00
  • Published by Asahi Shimbun, 2005
  • 227 X 297mm
  • Soft cover
  • 224 pages, 203 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese (some English)
  • Old Kutani ware was produced during the early Edo period (17th century), yet disappeared after only several decades of existence. Yoshidaya, a wealthy merchant, restored the Kutani kiln in 1824. After producing many vessel styles, this kiln was also abandoned after only seven years. Because of a limited number of existing works, the Yoshidaya style is extremely valuable. This book carries about 170 works, along with various descriptions.

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TITLE: Momoyama Ceramics
Special Exhibition for Expo 2005 Aichi Japan
Breaking the Mold - Birth of Original Style: Momoyama Ceramics 16-17th Century

$60.00
  • Published by Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, 2005
  • 225 x 297 mm
  • Soft cover
  • 372 pages, 264 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese (some English)
  • Ceramic tea vessels, formed by expert tea-ware craftsmen during the Momoyama period, flourished into an art form representative of the spiritual culture within the Way of Tea. In search of "wabi-sabi" asceticism within Japanese aesthetics, these ceramic vessels blossomed into its own separate genre of art. Divided into chapters such as: Appreciation of Chinese Wares, Arrival of Japanese ceramics and the Wabi Way of Tea, The Birth of Momoyama Ceramics, Ceramics During the Edo Period, Chinese Tea Wares, Momoyama Culture in Contemporary Japanese and Korean Ceramics, Ceramic Shards from Medieval Kilns. 264 items in color photography. In Japanese, with list of works in English.

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TITLE: Nihon Toji Taikei Vol. 01 - Jomon
$51.00
  • Author Chosuke Serizawa
  • Published by Heibonsha, 1990
  • 187 X 264 mm
  • Hard cover
  • 146 pages, 94 photos (color and B&W)
  • Language Japanese (Some English)
  • Part of a 28-volume set published in 1990, Volume 1 focuses on the world's first pottery style, Jomon. Featuring 94 color photos of classic examples from all Jomon eras, the book features figurines as well as vessels. Detailed essay in back accompanied with many B&W photos followed by B&W photos of various Jomon rope patterns, map, fold-out photo pages and list of works (the latter is in English).

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