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Traditional Arts and Crafts of Japan [Paperback]

Christopher Dresser
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1 Oct 1994
Great Victorian classic offers unsurpassed coverage of architecture, ornament, pottery, calligraphy, drawing, lacquerware, metalware, textiles, religious symbols and more. Fascinating insights into Japanese culture: dancing girls, hara-kiri, tea-drinking ceremony, shrines and scenery, vegetation, etc. Over 200 exquisitely drawn illustrations. A delight for art and antique collectors, art historians, crafts enthusiasts, any lover of Japan.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (1 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486279928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486279923
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, evocative, and illuminating. 15 May 1998
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It is almost as though we were with Christopher Dresser in Japan in 1877. He sketches, describes, and lives in the Japan of the 19th century. Tying together the art, architecture, and religious symbols, he educates us about the sources and inspirations of Japanese (and other Asian) art and decoration. What a wonderful book for anyone interested in history, art, architecture, Japan, or good writing. His description of his first Japanese meal is a kick, also. Don't miss this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative, intelligent, interesting. 16 May 1998
By jfreeman@calpoly.edu (Jo Anne Freeman) - Published on Amazon.com
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Fascinating, evocative, and illuminating. It is almost as though we were with Christopher Dresser in Japan in 1877. He sketches, describes, and lives in Japan of the 19th Century. Tying together art, architecture, and religious symbols, he educates us about the sources and inspirations of Japanese (and other Asian) art and decoration. What a wonderful book for anyone interested in history, art, architecture, Japan, or good writing. His description of his first Japanese meal is a kick, also. Don't miss this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, evocative, and illuminating. 15 May 1998
By jfreeman@calpoly.edu (Jo Anne Freeman) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It is almost as though we were with Christopher Dresser in Japan in 1877. He sketches, describes, and lives in the Japan of the 19th century. Tying together the art, architecture, and religious symbols, he educates us about the sources and inspirations of Japanese (and other Asian) art and decoration. What a wonderful book for anyone interested in history, art, architecture, Japan, or good writing. His description of his first Japanese meal is a kick, also. Don't miss this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intercultural Reading 24 Jan 2014
By Justin Ayres - Published on Amazon.com
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The interactions in this text express the interface between the author, a representative of England at the height of the colonial period interacts with the venerable culture, and great aesthetic beauty of Japan. The timing of the piece could not be more exquisite, engaged with Japan as it carefully attempts to integrate the European technological perspective, with its profound traditions.

This work is a meeting. The author himself is not so stunningly aware or capable of expressing the cultural shifts with the subtlety of the great contemporary writer, Haruki Murakami. Nor is he as sorely aware of the dilemma of the implicit evil of technological-colonialism as Murakami's predecessor in literary genius Yukio Mishima.

The work is honestly on a par with the writing of Manly P. Hall, a brilliant educator concerning occult tradition and aesthetics, still writing from the european perspective: "Very Unusual: The Wonderful life of Mr. K. Nakamura." That is to say it is an honest and heart-felt account of a gifted and sensitive "Westerner" with a part of the culture we refer to as Japan.

The natural complement to this work would be Roland Barthes' "L'Empire des Signes" (1970), which would contain a subtlety of the critique of "orientalism" (Said) along with ventures into genuine, highly flawed encounters with the "Other" in an Asian sense.
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