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My Japanese Sketchbook (My Sketchbook) [Hardcover]

Clo Fontaine , Ryoichi Shigeta
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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (13 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080304348
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080304346
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 27.2 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,754,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cloe Fontaine discovered Japan as a twenty-six-year-old architecture student, when she visited the country as part of her research project on domestic color schemes around the world. It was love at first sight. Expecting to find a highly competitive society where crowds, stress, and noise were the way of life, she was instead enchanted by the serenity and tranquillity of the Japanese she encountered. Japan is a land of striking contrasts: it is one of the world's great economic powerhouses, yet within living memory it was ruled by an emperor who was venerated as a god by his people. Cloe reflects these contrasts in her charming watercolors, modern collages, and selection of traditional haikus that accompany her text. She contrasts Kyoto's Zen temples with Tokyo's striking modernist architecture, and women in fabulously elaborate kimonos with teenagers in eccentric outfits that reflect the increasing influence of the West in a society that until recently was inaccessible to outsiders. My Japanese Sketchbook is a delightful, highly-personal account that showcases the rich diversity of Japanese culture.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A personal look at Japan 13 Feb 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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Cloe Fontaine tries to paint a glimpse of Japan with her watercolours. The sketches were done during a visit to Japan in 2001.

There are four chapters that contains art of objects from everyday life. These are architecture, customs, sceneries and modernity. Cloe Fontaine appears to like textures and patterns as that seems to be the recurring theme in her paintings. There are paintings on the different patterns of bamboo doors, garden designs, etc.

At the end, she takes on the popular manga culture by putting in some character through her watercolour sketches.

With sketchbooks, I prefer those with far shots and lots of architectural drawings. While this book has some, the focus is more on individual objects and elements.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Artwork 2 Mar 2013
By Frankie
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This is a beautifully written book with delightful poetry.The artwork is very special.It is a truly beautiful diary,& a wonderful insite into Japanese life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A personal look at Japan 30 Dec 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Cloe Fontaine tries to paint a glimpse of Japan with her watercolours. The sketches were done during a visit to Japan in 2001.

There are four chapters that contains art of objects from everyday life. These are architecture, customs, sceneries and modernity. Cloe Fontaine appears to like textures and patterns as that seems to be the recurring theme in her paintings. There are paintings on the different patterns of bamboo doors, garden designs, etc.

At the end, she takes on the popular manga culture by putting in some character through her watercolour sketches.

With sketchbooks, I prefer those with far shots and lots of architectural drawings. While this book has some, the focus is more on individual objects and elements.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully depicts Japan, a country of contrasts 16 Jun 2007
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Cloe Fontaine has managed to capture the contradictions inherent in modern Japan, a nation that is far advanced in the fields of technology and science, yet still retains elements of traditionality as reflected by the architecture, the respect towards the Imperial Family, and religion & culture. The artist's watercolors, modern collages, personal anecdotes, and even selection of traditional haikus captures both old and new Japan authentically.The sketchbook is divided into segments - Introduction, Architectures [I loved her detailed rendering of a traditional Japanese house], Customs & Costumes [the beauty and delicate intricacy of traditional Japanese attire such as the kimono], Scenery & Sagacity, and Modernity & Modern Cities [the young and their love of all things Western, as well as Japanese Manga]. The book is by no means comprehensive, but it is a visual delight that makes it a great addition to fans of the Sketchbook series.
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