A stunning collection of photos and essays takes readers on a complete tour of bamboo in Japan, illustrating its uses in art and architecture, textile designs, furniture, crafts, foods, gardening and the home. Nowhere is bamboo used more elegantly and distinctively than in Japan, where its presence touches every part of daily life, even reaching into language, literature and ritual. Over 250 photographs and illustrations. Hardcover, 9" x 11," 220 pages.
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Good News -- Bamboo in Japan is still in print after 12 years.
More Good News -- My Tokyo editor, Barry Lancet, has written Japantown: A Thriller. Set in the familiar settings of Tokyo and San Francisco, it is great fun for me to visualize many of the locations. Check it out.
In 1996, ten years after my first trip to Japan, I presented a book proposal to Kodansha International in Tokyo. Exciting hours of library research in Japan, Honolulu and New York followed. Multiple trips back to Japan included extensive photo and interview sessions from the southern islands of Kyushu and Shikoku north to Tokyo. With the help of my Tokyo editor, Barry Lancet, and my New York City editor, Bibi Wein, Bamboo in Japan was published in 2001 and has gone to a second printing. The publication was distributed in time to accompany a touring exhibition, Bamboo in Japanese Culture, which I guest-curated with Benji Bennington at the East-West Center in Honolulu.
When I reread pages, I can still remember where and when I wrote every word. It was a satisfying five-year period, and the bamboo research, curating and writing continues.