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Book

Image Have Netsuke, Will Travel

Published by Kodansha on October 10, 2008
Photography and Text (in Japanese and English) by H.I.H. Princess Hisako of Takamado


This book features 142 selected netsuke from H.I.H. Princess Takamado collection with photographs and text by Her Highness. The text is in Japanese and English languages, and the English is not a translation but written by herself.

Available through Paragon Book Gallery and other bookstores.

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Cover, H.I.H. Princess Hisako of Takamado (c) 2008

Posted on November 26, 2008. Updated on May 29, 2011.



Book

Image Kiho Takagi: Masterpieces of Netsuke and Ojime

by Robert O. Kinsey

Published in 2006
Text and captions in English


The author as the top collector of contemporary netsuke presents and discusses in detail a number of netsuke and ojime created by a leading Japanese contemporary artist Kiho. This book is indispensable for Kiho fans.

Available through Paragon Book Gallery, and other bookstores.

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Book cover, Robert O. Kinsey (c) 2006

Posted on May 30, 2006



Book

Image The Poetry of Netsuke

by Robert O. Kinsey

Text and captions in English


This unique book beautifully illustrates and describes a selection of contemporary netsuke relating to Japanese traditional short verses such as waka and haiku, successfully presenting a delightful linkage of the two genres of Japanese miniature art.

Available through Paragon Book Gallery, and other bookstores.

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Book cover, Robert O. Kinsey (c) 2004

Posted on October 4, 2004



Book

Image Netsuke - The Tokyo Meiko Kagami
[Tokyo Living Masters List]


by Shingo Yamaguchi

Published in March, 2004
Text in Japanese and English


Comprised of the career records and participations in exhibitions of 317 craftsmen of various fields, Tokyo Meiko Kagami [Tokyo Living Masters List] was originally compiled by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and published in December 1879. This is an edited reproduction of the publication covering 50 ivory and horn carvers. This is a valuable source of information on master carvers active in the late Edo through Meiji periods.

Please go to Mr. Yamaguchi's website Netsuke no Kikite for purchase information.
Website:
http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~mystudy/kikite/kikitetop.htm

Cover, Shingo Yamaguchi (c) 2004

Posted on May 29, 2004



Book

Image Inro Shita-e Design Drawings from Japanese Lacquer Workshop

by Else Kress and Heinz Kress

Published in 2003
Text and captions in English
The richly illustrated book presents a comprehensive overview of inro bearing the signatures of the Edo period lacquer masters YAMADA JOKA(SAI) and his follower HASEGAWA SHIGEYOSHI KYORINSAI, demonstrating many stylistic and technical similarities between works by JOKASAI, HASEGAWA, and KANSHOSAI TOYO. Actual works by YAMADA JOKA(SAI) or his pupils and followers are placed here beside their matching original design drawings and other design sources, in addition to a previously unpublished design album mostly used by JOKASAI and HASEGAWA. Two specialised inro shops are shown, reproduced from a travelling guide for Kyoto published in 1665, a second-hand shop in the year 1690 offers inro ensembles, complete with ojime, netsuke and decorative cloth pouch. Also the contents of inro, such as pills and seals are shown.


Please send 90 Euros (postage included in this price) in cash in an envelope to Mr. Kress at the following address:
Mr. Heinz Kress
Address: POB 410b, 07880 Liljendal, Finland

Illustrations, Else Kress and Heinz Kress (c) 2003



Book

Image The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists

by Robert E. Haynes

Published in May 2001 by Nihon Art Publishers
Text in English. Artist names in Japanese and in romanized transcription


Based on the author's 40 years of intensive research in and outside of Japan, this three-volume work comprises of more than 12000 entries and over 5000 seals of artists of Japanese sword fittings and other metal objects. This publication comes in handy when you study makers of kagamibuta (metal plate for netsuke), ojime, and metal clasps for tobacco pouches as well.

Price: 285 Euros plus shipment. For details, please contact the Publisher at:
Nihon Art Publishers
Address: Ipfstrasse 38, D-73479 Ellwangen, Germany
Tel: ++49-(0)7961-561704
Fax: ++49-(0)7961-561705
E-mail:
info@nihonart.de
Website: http://www.nihonart.de

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Posted on November 18, 2003. Updated on October 3, 2006.



Book

Image Japanese Netsuke

by Julia Hutt

Published in 2003 by V & A Publications and Weatherhill, Inc.
Text and captions in English


In the same series of work as Japanese Inro, the author presents comprehensive overview of netsuke with magnificent illustrations from the Victoria and Albert Museum collection.

Available through Victoria and Albert Museum, Paragon Book Gallery, and other bookstores.

Victoria and Albert Museum
Website:
http://www.vam.ac.uk

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Book cover, The Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum (c) 2003

Posted on December 7, 2003



Book

Image Contemporary Netsuke: The H.I.H. Prince Takamado Collection

by His Imperial Highness Prince Norihito Takamado

Published by Hakuchosha on May 20, 2003
Text and captions in Japanese and English


Published in conjunction with the exhibition at Tobacco and Salt Museum in May-July 2003, this book features Prince Takamado's precious and comprehensive collection of contemporary netsuke as well as His Highness's involvement with netsuke and profound contributions to the netsuke world.

Available through Paragon Book Gallery.
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Cover, Takamadonomiya Hisako (c) 2003

Posted on June 10, 2003



Book

Image Japanese Inro

by Julia Hutt

Published in 1997 by V & A Publications and Weatherhill, Inc.
Text and captions in English


This book presents comprehensive study on inro, covering wide range of topics from history, form, materials to design sources and dating problems. It also provides rich and beautiful illustrations that are largely drawn from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Available through Victoria and Albert Museum, Paragon Book Gallery, and other bookstores.

Victoria and Albert Museum
Website:
http://www.vam.ac.uk

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Book cover, The Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum (c) 1997



Book

Image Mikaeri Nippon [Modern Expressions of Japanese Traditional Crafts]

by Dank Co., Ltd.

Published on August 15, 2002
Text and captions in Japanese


This "cool" book features artists and shops that produce traditional crafts with modern sense, such as indigo-blue T-shirts with Japanese traditional patterns. The book has a section on netsuke, dealing with goblin netsuke (made of special resin) which was very popular among Japanese young people in recent years; brief history of netsuke; and contemporary artist Mukaida Yoka.

In addition, at the end of the book, this Koryuen website is mentioned as a source of netsuke information!

Price: 2,300 yen (excluding tax and postage).
Please contact the Publisher for order information.
Komakusa Publishing (Dank Co., Ltd.)
Address: 1-7-2-3F Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0016, Japan
Fax: 03-3831-8885
Website:
http://www.dank.co.jp

Image

Cover, Dank Co., Ltd. (c) 2002

Posted on October 8, 2002, revised on October 20, 2005



Book

Image The Inro of the Ryukyus: Lacquered Medicine Containers

by Else and Heinz Kress, and Josef Kreiner

Published in 2002 by Japanologisches Seminar, University of Bonn in cooperation with Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH
Text and captions in English

This unique catalog comprises of over 100 inro from Ryukyu (present Okinawa islands). It is a valuable source of information and color illustrations of those exotic Ryukyu inro.

Please contact Mr. Heinz Kress for order infromation:
Address: POB 410b, 07880 Liljendal, Finland

Book cover, Else and Heinz Kress, and Josef Kreiner (c) 2002

Posted on August 3, 2002



Book

Image Takarabukuro (Treasure Bag)

by Mitsuhiro

Published in September 2001 by Art Media Resourses, Ltd.
Text in English and Japanese, captions in English

This book provides the readers with English and modern Japanese translations of Takarabukuro (Treasure Bag), a record of thoughts of the netsuke artist Ohara Mitsuhiro (1810 - 1875), enhanced by articles of leading scholars and color plates of Mitsuhiro's works.


US$85.00. Available through Paragon Book Gallery.
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Book cover, Frances Bushell (c) 2001

Posted on January 26, 2002



Book

Image Netsuke: Modern Masterpieces

by Masayoshi Yamada

Published by Nichiboshuppansha
July 15, 1989
All text and captions in English and Japanese

This book deals with various aspects of netsuke, from introduction of the art form, contemporary artists and their works, to netsuke-related events and the future of the field. The book is full of color plates with captions as well as snapshots taken at netsuke gatherings.


Price: 20,600 yen (excluding shipping cost).

Please contact Komada Makiko at
komada@cc.rim.or.jp for order information.
Book cover, Masayoshi Yamada (c) 1989

Posted on January 11, 2002



Book

Miniature Masterpieces, The Storytelling Art of Japanese Inro: Selected Objects from the Collection of Joseph Kurstin

Inro Book

by Joseph Kurstin

Published in 1999
All text and captions in English

With highly impressive illustrations, the author explains the subject matters of various inro and netsuke from his own collection. This book accompanied the exhibition held at the Walt Disney World in Florida. (Limited to 1000 copies.)

Available through Paragon Book Gallery, Inc.

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Book cover, Joseph Kurstin (c) 1999

Posted on September 29, 2001



Book

Image Jimeikin Karakuri Ningyo: Edo Shokunin Kitan
[Music Box with Automaton: Stories of Edo Craftsmen]


by Sae Shuichi

Published by Shincho-sha
December 20, 2000
All text in Japanese

A collection of short stories on various craftsmen of Edo. One of the stories is about a netsuke carver called Getsuchu.

Available through bookstores.




Book

Image Urushi

by Guenther Heckmann

Published in spring 2001 by Nihon Art Publishers

Volume 1 presents inro with netsuke and ojime as well as decorative combs and boxes with more than 480 illustrations, described in Japanese, English and German. Volume 2 focuses on materials and techniques of Japanese lacquerware, the text of which you can choose from English and German. Accompanied by trilingual two-volume index.

Offered as the following sets:
URUSHI Pearwood box: Vol. 1, Vol. 2 (English), and Index. Price: 585 US dollars or Euros
Kasette URUSHI: Vol. 1, Vol. 2 (German), and Index. Price: 585 US dollars or Euros
URUSHI Set: Vol. 2 (English) and Index. Price: 78 US dollars or Euros
Set URUSHI: Vol. 2 (German) and Index. Price: 78 US dollars or Euros

As can be seen in thier website, four kinds of shipping services are available. For shipping and packaging costs, please contact the Publisher at:
Nihon Art Publishers
Address: Ipfstrasse 38, D-73479 Ellwangen, Germany
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E-mail: info@nihonart.de
Website: http://www.nihonart.de




Book

Image Netsuke no Shizuku

by Nihon Netsuke Kenkyukai [Japan Netsuke Society]

Published on December 20, 2000
Text and captions in Japanese

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Nihon Netsuke Kenkyukai published a book which comprises 33 articles selected from their semiannual study journal of netsuke. The articles discuss in detail about collectors and collecting, various well-known carvers, subject matters, materials, and carving techniques. Glossary is also included.

Note: Sold out - no longer available through Japan Netsuke Society.

Book cover, Nihon Netsuke Kenkyukai (c) 2000

Updated on December 3, 2007



Book

Image Netsuke: Familiar and Unfamiliar

by Raymond Bushell

Published in 1999 (3rd printing) by Weatherhill, Inc.
All text and captions in English

This book gives collectors many suggestions, policies and principles in collecting netsuke, and presents numerous illustrations of common and uncommon examples that are systematically categorized.

US$75.00. Available through Paragon Book Gallery.
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Book

Image The Ultimate Netsuke Bibliography

by Norman L. Sandfield

Published in 1999 by Art Media Sources., Ltd.
Text in English

Comprehensive bibliography of netsuke, covering 4400 print and non-print materials published through early 1999. The entries include publications in English and other languages.

Softcover: US$49.95. Hardcover: US$75.00. Available through Paragon Book Gallery.


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Cover, Norman L. Sandfield (c) 1999




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