Japanese, Samurai, Geisha

Japanese-Americans, Japanese Art and Literature

Ochanomizu, 1853: Famous Views in Edo

I have always held such fascination with Japanese culture and the arts. The Japanese-Americans I have known have a level of self-discipline unlike Western peoples, especially in the arts and music. Japan has a long history of striving toward perfection and perfect control, along with behaving with honor, as exemplified with Bushido and Samurai warriors. Unfortunately, westernization has probably influenced the culture in a negastive aspect and our perceptions as to Japanese ethics may not be quite correct, as Michael Crichton's Rising Sun (see below) points out. But, as in all nationalities there are always those who behave properly and those who do not.

Nonetheless, the Japanese have made an undeniable contribution to history and modern society. Their art works are sublime, and at least at one time, their technology and automobiles were second to none. Of all the non-English speaking countries, the amount of books and resouirces I own related to Japan is topped only by those of France (and it's really pretty darn close). So here, on this index, I present you with gorgeous works of art and design, and some wonderful reading materials. Enjoy!

Asian Design CD-ROM and Book #226

Asian Design CD-ROM and Book #232

Asian Design CD-ROM and Book #231

Books with CD-ROM

120 Hiroshige Woodblock Prints
Asian Design
Japanese Ghosts and Demons
Kimonos & Obis

Asian Design CD-ROM and Book #247

Fiction Translated into English

Botchan
Japan Sinks
Ten Nights Dreaming and The Cat's Grave

Japanese Ghosts and Demons CD-ROM and Book #034

Non-Fiction Pertaining to Japan

The Awakening of Faith
Bushido: Samurai Ethics and the Soul of Japan
My Father, Frank Lloyd Wright

Japanese Ghosts and Demons CD-ROM and Book #041

English Books Set in or Pertaining to Japan

Banner of Souls
The Book of Dragons: Tales and Legends from Many Lands
Last of the Dragons (Graphic Novel)
The Reckoning
Rising Sun
The Shape of Things to Come

Kimonos & Obis CD-ROM and Book #038

Kimonos & Obis CD-ROM and Book #037

Kimonos & Obis CD-ROM and Book #021

Summer View of Tsukudajima Island: Famous Views in the Eastern Capital

Japanese Fine Art and Design

Japanese Nō Masks
Japanese Silk Designs in Full Color
The Ornamental Arts of Japan

Coloring Books

Coloring Books Coming Soon

A Black-Naped Oriole Perched on a Stem of a Rose Mallow

A Little Brown Owl on a Pine Branch with a Crescent Moon Behind

Samurai

Asian Design CD-ROM and Book #167

Fiction Translated into English
Tales of the Samurai

Stained Glass Coloring Books
Samurai

Art
101 Great Samurai Prints

Asian Design CD-ROM and Book #30

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