This is a fascinating guide to the production of Japanese woodblock prints, whether your intention is to produce a woodblock print or, as a collector or student of Japanese prints, to acquire a better understanding of the processes which take place in order to better appreciate the prints in your collection. The book deals with every aspect of woodblock printing, including the types of wood used, inks, tools, papers, and includes clear instructions on how to produce a print yourself. There is also a section dealing with special printing techniques, such as embossing, colour gradation, and using mica. For those of us who do not reside in Japan there are Western equivalents listed for the items needed in woodblock print production, and a list of suppliers in the UK, US, Australia and Japan (including mail order). The text is informative and there are many photos throughout to demonstrate the various tools required and stages of print production. An excellent guide.