Traditional Japanese Arts & Crafts



  Shinichiro Ogata, Satoshi Kawamoto Photography by Yuichi Ikeda, Eisuke Komatsubara In Japanese and English   (さらに…)


The Perfect Guide To Sumo

  Ito Katsuharu (the 34th Kimura Shonosuke) Translator by David Shapiro In Japanese and English Sumo, with over 1,500 years of history, is a religious rite, a part of traditional cultural with a rich esthetic and a truly exciting combative sport. In recent years, thanks to SNS and a variety of new magazines, a whole new category of female sumo fan known as the, “sujo” (literally the, “sumo girls”) has sprung up. Due to the quality of international broadcasts and the nu



  Kenji Hinohara In Japanese     Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892) was an ukiyo-e artist in the late Tokugawa and early Meiji periods. While specializing first and foremost in warrior pictures and historical depictions in the style of his master Kuniyoshi Utagawa, he was also active in other genres, including bijin-ga portraits of beautiful women, and caricature.   One Hundred Aspects of the Moon represents the final stage of his career that Yoshitosh

Finding beauty in rustic cuisine

  Toshiro Ogata Photography by Gozen Koshida Foreword by Ryuichi Sakamoto In Japanese and English     The art and philosophy of chef Toshiro Ogata, revealed in his own words   At his restaurant tucked away in a picturesque alley in the heart of Kyoto, Toshiro Ogata captivates diners with one-of-a-kind cuisine born of a passionate and untiring inquiry into the essence of seasonal ingredients. In the seven chapters of this book—Water, Soil, Aroma, Heat, S


  Kenji Hinohara, Akira Watanabe In Japanese     Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-92) was an ukiyo-e artist in the late Tokugawa and Meiji periods. A disciple of Kuniyoshi Utagawa, he was one of the most popular Meiji era print artists in the realm of ukiyo-e. Yoshitoshi’s activities encompassed a variety of genres including samurai pictures, historical depictions and bijin-ga – portraits of beautiful women. He also gained fame with the bloody paintings he devote

Hiroshige —— Rain,Snow,Night

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), along with Katsushika  Hokusai, was a master artist of ukiyo-e (Woodblock Print ) landscapes who upheld the ukiyo-e tradition at the end of the Edo period. The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, published when Hiroshige was 37, was extremely popular and he continued to create ukiyo-e landscapes for the rest of his life. Hiroshige's varied landscapes that let people enjoy the sensation of traveling without leaving home include tokaido-e landscapes


Sex and Laughter with Kyōsai: Shunga from th

This book introduces the complete holdings of shunga by Kyōsai in the Israel Goldman collection, the largest private collection of the artist’s work in the world. The twenty-nine works presented here offer a way to approach the circumstances in which the pictures were made and enjoyed, and also allow one to imagine being a part of the boisterous crowds gathered around the pictures.   Biography Ishigami Aki Born in1979. Ritsumeikan University, B.A (.2002),  Ph.D (.2008)


Scary Pictures of Ukiyo-e







  Chikara Mizukami In Japanese, English, and French     An award-winning photo collection of seasonally inspired sweets.   The traditional East Asian lunisolar calendar divides the year into seventy-two intervals called pentads, each given a poetic description such as “East wind melts the ice” or “Bush warblers start singing in the mountains.” The progress of these evocative “micro-seasons” through the year is portrayed here in confections by Ch