Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Things Japanese by Nicholas Bornoff

When you start talking about Japan, it’s pretty much a given that pretty soon the conversation will turn to design – whether it’s technology, knives, or kimonos. Japan has a rich tradition of the highest level of artistry in daily objects.

Things Japanese offers a great introduction to a few dozen of the unique objects that make up the foundations of Japanese culture – whether it’s wonderful ceramics or handmade lacquerware. Nice pictures and short histories of the type of object being profiled serve the mission of a brief exposure to the visible elements of the culture.

Many of these items have become historical objects rather than for daily use – and you may find yourself wanting many of them yourself. A great introduction.

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