Anita Catita's Sewn Toy Treasures Sandra Reis 2020-08-11 Step into the world of Anita Catita and prepare to be charmed by the array of beautiful toy patterns to sew. Choose from gorgeous dolls, including rag dolls, ballerinas, pirates, kokeshi and fairies, and adorable animals including cats, rabbits, ducks, reindeer, bears and sheep. All the toys are made using easy sewing techniques and full-size pattern pieces are included. We live in an age when technology has overtaken toys. Traditional cloth dolls have been replaced by crying, laughing and walking dolls. Although seemingly attractive, these toys limit creativity. Sewn toys with their simplicity and tenderness reverse this reality and stimulate children's emotional and creative development.
The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki Masahiro Sasaki 2020-04-07 For the first time, middle readers can learn the complete story of the courageous girl whose life, which ended through the effects of war, inspired a worldwide call for peace. In this book, author Sue DiCicco and Sadako's older brother Masahiro tell her complete story in English for the first time—how Sadako's courage throughout her illness inspired family and friends, and how she became a symbol of all people, especially children, who suffer from the impact of war. Her life and her death carry a message: we must have a wholehearted desire for peace and be willing to work together to achieve it. Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her city of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. Ten years later, just as life was starting to feel almost normal again, this athletic and enthusiastic girl was fighting a war of a different kind. One of many children affected by the bomb, she had contracted leukemia. Patient and determined, Sadako set herself the task of folding 1000 paper cranes in the hope that her wish to be made well again would be granted. Illustrations and personal family photos give a glimpse into Sadako's life and the horrors of war. Proceeds from this book are shared equally between The Sadako Legacy NPO and The Peace Crane Project.
Japan the Art of Living Amy Sylvester Katoh 2012-06-04 Gain insight into both modern and Japanese styles with this stunning Japanese interior design book. The Japanese traditional house defines Japanese style. The Japanese, however, being a practical and resourceful people, do not so limit themselves. They know that there are times when the spirit breaks the bounds of quiet simplicity. In more than 300 beautiful photographs of the homes of both Westerners and Japanese, this book presents the art of living with Japanese style, offering exciting new ideas and inspiration for all. Exquisite homes in the Tokyo area, focusing on original and attractive use of Japanese antiques and folk crafts, are showcased. Also included is the latest information on antique markets and hints for where to see the art of living—in galleries, textile and craft shops, and restaurants.
The Tale of the Lucky Cat Sunny Seki 2008-01-01 A humble toymaker is rewarded for helping an injured cat in this story that explains the origin of the maneki neko, or lucky cat statues that are popular throughout Japan for spreading good fortune.
The Littlest Matryoshka Corinne Bliss 1999-09 After quite an adventure, the smallest of six nesting dolls finds her way back to her sisters.
Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll Sunny Seki 2012-07-03 **2012 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award Winner!** Yuko-chan and the Daruma Doll, a gorgeous multicultural children's book by author/illustrator Sunny Seki, takes readers on a journey into ancient Japan and the story behind the famous Daruma Doll. Yuko-chan, an adventurous blind orphan, is able to do amazing things. She confronts a burglar in the dead of night, and crosses treacherous mountain passes to deliver food to hungry people. During her travels, Yuko-chan trips and tumbles down a snowy cliff. She discovers a strange thing as she waits for help: her tea gourd, regardless of how she drops it, always lands right-side-up. The tea has frozen in the bottom of the gourd! Inspired by this, she creates the famous Daruma doll toy, which rights itself when tipped—a true symbol of resilience. Thanks to Yuko-chan's invention, the villagers are able to earn a living and feed themselves by selling the dolls. Yuko-chan never gave up, no matter the obstacles she faced, and the Daruma doll is a charming reminder of the power of perseverance. With text in English and Japanese this book is of special interest to bicultural families.
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake Laura Numeroff 2008-09-30 If you give a cat a cupcake, he'll ask for some sprinkles to go with it. When you give him the sprinkles, he might spill some on the floor. Cleaning up will make him hot, so you'll give him a bathing suit . . . and that's just the beginning! The lovable cat who first appeared in If You Give a Pig a Party now has his very own book! Written in the tradition of the bestselling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond's newest story will show everyone that Cat is where it's at!
Peter Rabbit and Friends Beatrix Potter 2020-10-13 Revisit six timeless tales of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, and more of their pals as they go on adventures, get into trouble, and learn valuable lessons in this gorgeous collectible edition featuring Beatrix Potter's classic characters! For over one hundred years, Beatrix Potter's beloved stories of the burrow and beyond have delighted both children and adults. Now new readers and dedicated collectors alike can enjoy this classic gift edition complete with Beatrix Potter's treasured text and illustrations, bringing these unforgettable characters to life once more. The six tales in the collection include The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Jeremy Fisher, The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan, The Tale of Tom Kitten, and The Tale of Pigling Bland. Crafted like a replica of the first American edition of The House At Pooh Corner (published in 1928 by E. P. Dutton), this elegant edition features a textured case and gold foil stamping, making it the perfect gift for Peter Rabbit fans everywhere.
Cute and Easy Kawaii Alphabet Colouring Book L J Knight 2020-08-25 If you want to have fun, release stress and express your creativity at the same time, this book makes it simple! Cute and Easy Kawaii Alphabet Colouring Book features 26 easy illustrations with adorable characters hand drawn in Japanese kawaii style. Kawaii means 'cute' or 'lovable' in Japanese, and the characters you'll meet in this book are sure to bring a smile to your face! Each page is based on a letter of the alphabet, from A to Z. Most pages have at least five different characters beginning with that letter, as well as the letters themselves. You'll find high quality black and white line drawings of popular kawaii cuties such as a cat ice cream cone, unicorn and narwhal, as well as cute food, animals such as birds, fish, a hedgehog, frog, mouse, fox, zebra and giraffe, flowers, household objects, space and much more. This book is designed for everyone who loves to colour super cute, happy designs. The easy colouring pages are great for beginners, as well as kids, tweens, teens, and adults who enjoy colouring drawings that aren't too detailed. If you're an experienced colourist, you can apply your skills and stretch your creativity by using the larger spaces for blending, shading and patterning, to create a unique mini work of art from each character. What Will You Get? 26 fun pages, each with several individual characters on a white background Easy difficulty level Single-sided printing so you don't need to worry about bleed-through High resolution images with sharp lines All original, hand-drawn artwork by artist L.J. Knight - no stock images Page size is 8.5 x 11 inches (approx. 22 x 28cm) You can preview all 26 designs in this book on the author's website - for the URL, see the 'More about the author' section further down the page. The pages aren't perforated, but you can remove them easily and cleanly using a craft knife. Each design has a white margin so you don't have to colour to the edge, and there's space if you like to frame your finished pieces The drawings are printed on one side of the paper only, so bleed-through isn't an issue. To be extra-safe, you can protect the image underneath the page you're colouring with a sheet of scrap paper. There's a blank page at the back of the book for this, and for colour testing. If you like this book, be sure to check out its companion volume, Cute and Easy Kawaii Colouring Book, which has another 30 squee-inducing illustrations to colour! Cute and Easy Kawaii Alphabet is the 16th title in the LJK Colouring Books series. Check out the whole series for a range of unique colouring pages for children and adults, with new books on the way. They make great gift ideas for friends and family who love to colour too! Get ready for hours of relaxation and enjoyment as you bring these lovable kawaii characters to life. Have fun and happy colouring!
Northern Lights on TIMSS and PISA 2018 David Reimer 2018-08-10 The results from PISA 2015 and TIMSS 2015 were published in November and December 2016. All the Nordic countries participated in PISA. Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden participated in TIMSS grade 4 and Norway and Sweden participated in TIMSS grade 8. The Nordic countries have similarities but also differences, which makes it interesting and valuable to carry out analyses in a Nordic perspective. In this report researchers from all the Nordic countries have done in-depth analyses on different policy relevant themes based on the results presented in 2016. The purpose of this report has been to present policy relevant analyses of TIMSS and PISA in a way that is accessible for policy makers on different levels in the Nordic countries, with the aim to contribute to further development in the education area.
The Little Kokeshi Yukiko Ryburn 2021-05-07 Little Kokeshi was bored everyday standing on the shelf at the store. One day, she lost her balance and fell off the shelf into the box on the floor. After a while, the delivery truck came and picked up the box that Kokeshi was in. Oh no! Where will Little Kokeshi go? Little Kokeshi's adventure starts now! Kokeshi dolls are wooden dolls that have been made in the Tohoku region of Japan for over 200 years. There are 11 types of traditional Kokeshi dolls. They have various shapes and pattern and each one is made carefully by craftsmen (Kojin) who have inherited the Kokeshi tradition, technique, and culture.
Victorian Fashion Paper Dolls from Harper's Bazar [sic], 1867-1898 Theodore Menten 1977 Create an authentic fashion parade of Victorian styles with four dolls and 28 gorgeous costumes, including walking suits, carriage dresses, evening and seasonal attire, a bridal gown, and accessories. All costumes are historically accurate adaptations of designs that appeared in Harper's Bazar, one of the 19th century's top fashion magazines.
The Surprise Doll 60th Anniversary Edition Morrell Gipson 2009-09-01 After receiving six dolls from her father--one brought back from each of his sea journeys--Mary wishes for a seventh doll to become her "Sunday" doll.
Japanese Washi Gift Wrapping Papers Tuttle Tuttle Publishing 2020-06-02 These fine-quality tear-out sheets feature 12 prints inspired by Japanese Washi paper designs--a type of traditional handmade paper. In Japanese,wa means 'Japanese' andshi means 'paper.' Having been made for 1400 years, the craft of making washi paper is a registered UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. These papers are suitable for craft projects as well as for gift wrapping. The variety of designs means they are useful for any occasion--whether a holiday, birthday, anniversary or "just because." An introduction details the history and meaning behind the designs, giving you a better idea of their origin. Some wrapping ideas are also provided for inspiration to maximize your creativity. This book includes: 12 sheets of 18 x 24 inch (45 x 61 cm) tear-out paper 12 unique patterns Perforations so the papers are easy to tear out Wrapping tips & tricks The tradition of gift wrapping originated in Asia, with the first documented use in China in the 2nd century BC. Japanese furoshiki, reusable wrapping cloth, is still in use four centuries after it was first created. Gift wrapping is one custom that has prevailed through the ages and across the world--it should be special for both the gift giver and recipient.
Lettie Lane Paper Dolls Sheila Young 1981-01-01 Genteel turn-of-the-century family very popular then and now. 24 paper dolls, 16 plates in full color.
Dolly Dingle Paper Dolls Grace G. Drayton 1978-01-01 Paper dolls, with costumes representative of the clothes, pets, and toys for the Dingle Dell characters between 1913-1925 and clothes from other countries for Dolly Dingle.
Recipe and Craft Guide to Japan Juliet Haines Mofford 2010-12-23 Experience the fascination and folklore of Japan by using common household items to re-create traditional crafts like kokeshi dolls and origami cranes. Learn legends that promise good fortune as you sculpt a Beckoning Cat or paint a blind Daruma. Celebrate holidays as the Japanese do by cooking mochi and moon-viewing noodles, or by painting a seasonal sumi-e poem. Japan is a nation that honors tradition, yet it is among the world’s most technologically advanced countries. The Japanese enjoy the longest life spans of any people on earth, a fact believed to be greatly due to their diet. See how the people of this crowded land came to depend on the sea surrounding them for sustenance, then try your hand at making teriyaki salmon and ozoni, a soup that features shrimp. Step into the pages of this book to share Japanese culture, with its love of nature and expression of art in daily life.
Japanese Dolls Alan Scott Pate 2012-05-29 Japanese Dolls: The Fascinating World of Ningyo, is a wealth of information for Japanese art collectors, Asian doll collectors and doll enthusiasts of all levels and interests. Full of beautiful photographs, the book details 18 kinds of widely collected, obtainable and affordable, antique and vintage dolls and figurines (ningyo). Author Alan Scott Pate—the leading American expert on Japanese dolls—writes in illuminating detail about the traditions of each type of doll and shares practical tips on how to collect this amazing Japanese art form. Included in this guide to Japanese ningyo are: Festival dolls: hina-ningyo, musha-ningyo, tableau dolls Display dolls: saga-ningyo, gosho-ningyo, isho-ningyo, iki-ningyo Wood dolls: kamo-ningyo, nara-ningyo, kokeshi-ningyo Clay dolls: fushimi-ningyo, hakata-ningyo Mechanical dolls: karakuri-ningyo, kobe-ningyo Theatrical dolls: bunraku-ningyo, takeda-ningyo Play dolls: ichimatsu-ningyo, keue saiko
Chinese Folktales Ornella Civardi 2021-08-17 As its title suggests, this book captures the essence of Japanese life and culture in 100 words. From well-known concepts like zen, kawaii and anime to their lesser-known counterparts waiting to be discovered by the West, Japan in 100 Words covers it all. Readers will learn more about: Chochin—decorative lanterns seen everywhere from shrines and temples to izakaya Fugu—the very carefully prepared delicacy of poisonous blowfish J-pop—the now widely popular musical genre Karoshi—literally translated as "overwork death" Omiai—the Japanese version of an arranged marriage And much more! The beautiful full-color illustrations bring these ideas, places and objects to life—making it the perfect addition to any Japanophiles library or a fun and useful introductory guide for a first-time visitor to Japan.
Kabuki Costumes Paper Dolls Ming-Ju Sun 1995-01-01 16 spectacular costumes reproduced in brilliant color and elegant detail: shogun, geisha, wicked woman, red princess, lion, many more. Informative captions. 2 dolls, 16 costumes on 16 plates.
Amazing Birds Blush Design 2020-12 A collection of more than 30 birds from all over the world brings nature into your home and imagination, and nourishes your soul with beautiful and magical creatures. An additional interesting fact about each bird will allow you to expand your knowledge of birds while relaxing and enjoying coloring pictures. You may know the bird or you may not. In any case you can use your own colors and coloring techniques and create beautiful expression of your imagination. If you would like to share your colors with other people, you are welcomed to to mail your colored picture to and it will be presented on the author's website with your name and anything that you would like to add.
Hello Hexie! Sarah Shrimpton 2021-05-07 It's time to see granny hexagons in a whole new light with this inspired collection of modern crochet patterns for clothes, accessories and homewares. Quilters have always known the power of the hexagon but now crocheters can get in on the action too with a collection of step-by-step instructions for crochet hexagon motifs and crochet patterns. It's time for the granny square to move over and make way for the hexagon, the hottest new crochet motif! In this unique collection, popular crochet designer and author, Sarah Shrimpton reveals patterns for 10 unique crochet hexagon designs so you can pick your favourite. As well as the written pattern there are also crochet charts for each of the hexagons for extra clarity. Once you've practised your hexie skills you can choose from a collection of 20 step-by-step projects that you will be itching to stitch thanks to their simplicity and creativity. Hexagons are quick and easy to make and can be combined in a myriad of ways to create a huge range of projects – from garments and accessories to home décor and even toys. Sarah reveals how the humble hexagon can be used as the basis for a wide range of projects including a cute, retro mini skirt, a boho bag, cosy slipper socks and a boho daisy design wall hanging. These little motifs are so flexible that they lend themselves to everything from a dainty shrug and a lacy summer top to a heavy wool rug and a cosy poncho depending on the size of yarn and crochet hook that you use, the possibilities are endless! Crocheting motifs is the ultimate portable crochet project - they are small enough to carry with you when you're on the move - and because each project is made using just hexies and some simple joining techniques, this collection is suitable even for complete beginners. Before you know it you will have stitched enough hexies to create the perfect gift to impress friends and family. This refreshing twist on the classic granny square will get you excited about the possibility of the humble six-sided polygon and how it can be used to create gorgeous projects... one little hexie at a time.
Adventures of Dolly Dingle Paper Dolls Grace G. Drayton 1985-01-01 Thirty-eight dolls and over 50 costumes picture Dolly in "Little Red Riding Hood," "Hansel and Gretel," "La Boheme," "H.M.S. Pinafore;" plus attire for ice skating, celebrating Halloween, more.
Notebook Doodles Adorable Pets Jess Volinski 2018-04 From hamsters and hermit crabs to cats and canaries, youthful readers will meet their favorite animal companions inside this fun and engaging coloring book for 'tweens. Dozens of dazzling illustrations from talented artist Jess Volinski provide empowering art activities for young girls. Jess also includes instructions on basic coloring techniques, fully colored examples, and motivational quotes to go with every design. New "Let's Explore Color" activities make coloring easy for beginners, with fully colored examples and help in choosing colors. Watercolors, colored pencils, markers, crayons, and gel pens will all look stunning on archival-grade, acid-free, 200-year paper. Each one-sided page is perforated, so when it's finished, it can easily be removed to hang up or give as a gift. This book has earned the DO Magazine Artist Fair Trade Seal of Approval.
The Kids Multicultural Art Book Alexandra M. Terzian 2007-10-01 Explores roots, rhythms, and traditions from all corners of the earth while providing ideas and instructions for related crafts, from Kachina dolls of the American Southwest to paper beads from Egypt.
Kokeshi: Aoki Annelore Parot 2012-03-07 Meet Aoki! She may be the smallest Kokeshi, but Aoki's infectious enthusiasm can make anyone laugh. On her whirlwind trip to Tokyo, she will ride a high-speed train, dance under cherry blossom trees, and visit a zen garden. With sneak-peek flaps, fun die-cuts, and lavish gatefolds, this interactive exploration will enchant Kokeshi fans of all sizes!
Shades of Kawaii Miss Miss Wah 2015-08-19 Take some time to relax and lose yourself in Miss Wah's world of Cute Characters. 'Shades of Kawaii' ('Kawaii' meaning cute in Japanese popular culture) offers 22 original designs bursting with Miss Wah's signature characters - From bears in paper hats, sushi and cats, hearts, skulls, pandas and sweet treats (plus much more)... she's got all the bases covered! If you are looking for something a little different - 'Shades of Kawaii' is for you! - Created on single pages for you to cut out and keep or frame to make some unique home decor. - Suitable for adults, teens & older children who love to colour in great detail with pencils / fine tip markers.
Takumi: Downtown Tokyo Artisan Culture Manami Okazaki 2019-06-27 An intimate look at 35 artisan ateliers in East Tokyo's shitamachi district in Asakusa, the traditional commoner and merchant district of the Edo era. The book features artisans in small studios, creating exquisite items by hand, a rare glimpse into the work of traditional screen makers, kimono dyers, washi paper makers, glass blowers and more. The region has also retained many older traditions such as bathhouses, shotengai shopping streets and Nagaya architecture, all showcased in hundreds of evocative photos.
Magic Nesting Doll Jacqueline K. Ogburn 2003-06-01 After her grandmother dies, Katya finds herself in a kingdom where the Tsarevitch has been turned into living ice and she uses the magic nesting dolls her babushka had given her to try to break the curse.
Last Kappa of Old Japan Sunny Seki 2014-01-28 With unique and playful illustrations this multicultural children's book is a classic Japanese fairy tale that young children and parents alike will love. The Last Kappa of Old Japan is a warmly written and beautifully illustrated children's book that introduces many aspects of traditional Japanese culture and folklore, while teaching an important lesson about environmentalism. The story is of a young Japanese farm boy who develops a friendship with a mythical creature— the kappa—a messenger of the god of water. The tale begins in post-Modern Japan when the boy is young and the kappa is healthy and ends when the kappa, now the last one left on Earth, keeps an important promise to his human friend. A story of love, friendship, and adventure, readers of all ages will enjoy this picture book by award-winning author/illustrator, Sunny Seki.
Japanese Kokeshi Dolls Manami Okazaki 2021-11-09 An inside look at kokeshi dolls: from the skilled woodworkers behind their design to their important cultural significance. Kokeshi are the simple and charming traditional Japanese dolls characterized by their cylindrical shape and lack of arms and legs. Historically made as children's toys in Japan's northern region of Tohoku, they have now become a popular collector's item and have even inspired famous architects and artists. In this visual guide, readers will find: An overview of the different types of dolls How kokeshi dolls are crafted, including information on tools and woods used Interviews with leading kokeshi craftspeople worldwide Detailed information about both traditional dolls and the modern ones being crafted today An exploration of the cultural significance of kokeshi dolls—both historically and for the areas of northern Japan that rebuilt themselves after their region was decimated by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 A guide to visiting Japan's kokeshi regions Information on how to buy the dolls—either directly from Japanese artisans or stockists worldwide Filled with artist interviews, gorgeous photos and firsthand travel experience, author Manami Okazaki has created a book to be enjoyed by all—from serious collectors to woodcrafters, interior designers, architects, armchair travelers and anyone with an interest in Japanese culture and travel.
We Are Paper Toys: Print-Cut-Fold-Glue-Fun Louis Bou 2010-06-15 We Are Paper Toys! presents thirty-two of the finest paper toy designers in the world. Each artist gives us a glimpse of their world and explains their passion for paper toys through a personal interview. The book includes a CD with PDF templates of some of the paper toys showcased in this book. They are ready to be printed, cut, and pasted so you can have these small works of art in your own home. It's never too soon to start cutting, folding, pasting, and above all, having fun!
Dragon Ball Z Coloring Pages Coloring Books 2020-11-30 ★Dragon Ball Z Coloring Book ★Enjoy and let your creativity out by coloring these awesome designs. ★You can color each design with realistic colors or let your imagination run and use whichever colors you choose. ★This book is a wonderful gift. ★What you will find in this book: ★Unique coloring pages. There are No duplicate designs. ★Dimensions. 8.5 x 11 inches. ★Emphasis on details. All pages are carefully designed for better coloring experience. ✓✓✓Get this book now and have fun. If you know someone who loves to color this book, make them happy by getting them a copy too.
Wes Anderson Eva Minguet 2019-09 Who would not want to live in a Wes Anderson movie? This is a tribute book to Wes Anderson and the universe he has created. It highlights his most prominent characters such as Margot, Mr Fox, Sam and Suzy, Zero, Steve Zissou--his vintage trend, his nostalgic touch, his meticulously arranged sets, and his obsession with symmetry. Twenty-two international artists unveil their most personal perspectives through one or several illustrations, additionally expressing in a sentence what this wonderful, timeless, and sympathetic filmmaker means to them.
Cinnamon Bun Dreams Squishable Com Inc 2016-12 Rainbow bagels and unicorn cookies meet the color-for-calm craze in a "rebelliously cute" coloring book
Japanese Tattoos Brian Ashcraft 2016-07-12 Thinking of getting a Japanese-style tattoo? Want to avoid a permanent mistake? Japanese Tattoos is an insider's look at the world of Japanese irezumi (tattoos). Japanese Tattoos explains the imagery featured in Japanese tattoos so that readers can avoid getting ink they don't understand or, worse, that they'll regret. This photo-heavy book will also trace the history of Japanese tattooing, putting the iconography and kanji symbols in their proper context so readers will be better informed as to what they mean and have a deeper understanding of irezumi. Tattoos featured will range from traditional tebori (hand-poked) and kanji tattoos to anime-inspired and modern works—as well as everything in between. For the first time, Japanese tattooing will be put together in a visually attractive, informative, and authoritative way. Along with the 350+ photos of tattoos, Japanese Tattoos will also feature interviews with Japanese tattoo artists on a variety of topics. What's more, there will be interviews with clients, who are typically overlooked in similar books, allowing them to discuss what their Japanese tattoos mean to them. Those who read this informative tattoo guide will be more knowledgeable about Japanese tattoos should they want to get inked or if they are simply interested in Japanese art and culture.
Russian Matryoshka Larisa N. Solov'eva 1993
15 Simple Japanese Embroidery Projects Saki Iiduka 2021-08-10 Let this book show you the pleasure of repairing, reinforcing and making beloved items using sashiko embroidery! Sashiko for Making and Mending shows you how to use sashiko stitching to mend rips, repair things like fraying cuffs and create original accessories that look fabulous. With this book, you'll be able to embrace the visible mending movement—the practice of repairing high quality items you already own instead of replacing them with cheaper "fast fashion" alternatives. It also gives you the opportunity to practice the craft, with instructions for 15 handmade items, including: Gorgeous indigo pouches A rustic linen book cover Breezy, multipurpose cotton stoles A simple, elegant tote bag And so much more! This book teaches many easy variations of the traditional sashiko stitches—highlighting the impact simple, well-executed stitching can have on everything from embellishing napkins to repairing a jacket. Its gorgeous, thoughtful aesthetic and high-functionality makes sashiko the perfect all-purpose embroidery!
Ningyo Alan Scott Pate 2013-02-12 Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll features over 250 unique photographs as well as extensive commentary and background history. Japanese dolls (ningyo) have played an important role in Japanese art and culture since its earliest stages of development, as talismanic figures, centerpieces, in elaborate festivals, medical study tools, theater distractions, decorative objects, and avidly collected art forms, as well as childhood playthings. Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll is the most comprehensive book on antique Japanese dolls and figurines published in English. The book focuses on the many types of Japanese dolls: gosho: palace dolls hina: Girl's Day dolls musha: warrior dolls for the Boy's Day Festival isho: fashion dolls The principle forms of the dolls and their history, stylistic development, cultural context, and economic imperatives are discussed against the backdrop of Edo-period society and popular culture. Beautifully detailed color photographs of ningyo drawn from private collections, many of which are published here for the first time, as well as images of related materials selected from celebrated museums and temple collections, such as folding screens, woodblock prints, sculpture, painting ceramics, and textiles, help place the dolls in context. Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll is a fascinating book for anyone interested in Asian doll art and doll collecting.
Kokeshi Michael Evans 2005 Today, the Kokeshi is the most celebrated of the traditional folk arts of Japan, and the most widely collected. This creatively bound publication attempts an almost impossible task: that of presenting the history, theories, and beliefs regarding the origins of the making of the Kokeshi doll. Today, this wooden, lathe-turned and hand-painted doll is a popular example of the Japanese culture and their society. This 216 page manuscript (6.5625" x 11") with over 180 full-color images discusses the history of the Kokeshi, the original artists of the ten traditional styles, and many of the contemporary artists producing versions of this most unusual folk art. Relationships between selected traditional and 20th century creative pieces from award-winning master craftsmen are shown and illustrated in full color. To complete this publication, artists¿ marks, signatures and places of origin are illustrated along with well-known stories about the dolls. In addition, a glossary of terms is included. This book is a wonderful visual reference for the collector or individual who has an appreciation for Japanese crafts. Better yet, it is the only book currently in print in English surveying the subject of the Kokeshi doll. This unique book would be a significant addition to any folk art or toy collector¿s library and is strongly recommended to retail suppliers of art books in print. This text refers to the only English book in print on the subject. --Juichi

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