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From the beautiful series: An Illustrated Guide to Japanese... Although the explosion in popularity of Japanese culture over recent decades has led to the inclusion of words like “kimono” or “kabuki” in dictionaries, trying to explain these traditions in English can prove tricky. Even for the Japanese, there are many things that are not actually understood very well, which can be equally familiar or unfamiliar, [expand title="more"]or for which the origins and names are difficult to explain or remember. This richly illustrated book is aimed at those who wish to introduce Japanese culture in English, including foreigners who want to learn more about traditional clothing and performing arts. The clear drawings and concise descriptions unlock an entire universe of Japanese culture.[/expand]

A must-have for any lover of Japanese cuisine, this guide features a heady plethora of ingredients, dishes, tableware, and more. With distinct categories – classic dishes, noodles, sushi, soup stock, herbs and spices, edible wild plants, seasonal confections, tea, and so on – each item is accompanied by an attractive hand-drawn illustration and detailed description. [expand title="more"]The extensive handbook also includes ceramics, porcelain, tea utensils, kitchen utensils and cookware, and chopsticks. An overview of annual events observed in Japan is also given. The guide’s editorial supervisor is Yukio Hattori, best known as an expert commentator on the Japanese television show ‘Iron Chef’.[/expand] Find more of Tankosha's 'An illustrated Guide to Japanese...' series here.

Various things related to traditional Japanese architecture and everyday life are the focus of this illustrated guide. Interestingly, it is intended not only for English readers but also Japanese people who would like to be able to better explain certain things to people from outside their country. [expand title="more"]A huge number of items, objects, materials, structures, decorative elements, and so on that one encounters while visiting or living in Japan, but might be too obscure or specific to remember the names, or to even imagine from the term, are included in an accessible and very informative format. For each, the Japanese name, English name, and pronunciation are accompanied by an explanation.[/expand] Find more of Tankosha's 'An illustrated Guide to Japanese...' series here.