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**Winner, Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title
2015**

This Japanese design book presents the arts,
aesthetics and culture of Japan with over 160 stunning color photos and
extensive historical and cultural commentary.
The Japanese
sensibility often possesses an intuitive, emotional appeal, whether it's
a silk kimono, a carefully raked garden path, an architectural marvel, a
teapot, or a contemporary work of art. This allure has come to permeate
the entire culture of Japan—it is manifest in the most mundane
utensil and snack food packaging, as well as in Japanese architecture
and fine art.
In Japanese Design, Asian art expert and
author Patricia J. Graham explains how Japanese aesthetics based on fine
craftsmanship and simplicity developed. Her unusual, full-color
presentation reveals this design aesthetic in an absorbing way. Focusing
on ten elements of Japanese design, Graham explores how visual
qualities, the cultural parameters and the Japanese religious traditions
of Buddhism and Shinto have impacted the appearance of its
arts.
Japanese Design is a handbook for the millions of us
who have felt the special allure of Japanese art, culture and crafts.
Art and design fans and professionals have been clamoring for
this—a book that fills the need for an intelligent, culture-rich
overview of what Japanese design is and means.
Topics
explored in Japanese Design include:
  • The Aesthetics of
    Japanese Design
  • The Cultural Parameters of Japanese
    Design
  • Early Promoters of "Artistic Japan"
    1830s-1950s

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