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Art & Japanese Culture

Elegance in Japanese Art: Edo Rinpa Bird and Flower Painting

WAGASHI : The Art of Japanese Confectionery

 A Victorian Flower Album

Dark & Fetish Art

Kimono and the Colors of Japan (New Printing Edition)

Yokai Wonderland - More from YUMOTO Koichi Collection: Supernatural Beings in Japanese Art -

Beautiful Scenes from a Fantasy World: Background Illustrations and Scenes from Anime and Manga Works

Romantic Princess Style: A Collection of Art by Macoto Takahashi

The Art of Fantasy, Sci-fi and Steampunk

The Art of the Dinosaur : Illustrations by the Top Paleoartists in the World

Hell in Japanese Art

The Art of Decadence: European Fantasy Art of the Fin-de-Siècle°°

Animals by Kuniyoshi: Ukiyo-e Paper Book

Christian Boltanski<br>Animitas – Les âmes qui murmurent<br>

A Thousand and One Nights: The Art of Folklore, Literature, Poetry, Fashion & Book Design of the Islamic World

Bonsai, Reprint Edition

The World of Mucha: A Journey to Two Fairylands: Paris and Czech

French Antique Textiles: Collections Made and Imported by Mulhouse, Toiles de Jouy and Souleiado

Jakuchu: The 300th Anniversary of his Birth

Something Wicked from Japan: Ghosts, Demons & Yokai in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces

Alain Grée: Works by the French Illustrator from the 1960s-70s

The World of Aquirax Uno°«s Fantasy Illustrations

Beautiful Book Designs: From the Middle Ages to the Mid 20th Century

Erotica in Japanese Contemporary Art II: Contemporary Art, Hyperrealism, Photography and Steampunk

Surprise! by Kuniyoshi: Ukiyo-e Paper Book

Cats by Kuniyoshi: Ukiyo-e Paper Book

TAISHO KIMONO: Beauty of Japanese Modernity in 1910s & 20s

Shunga - Aesthetics of Japanese Erotic Art by Ukiyo-e Masters

Japanese Erotica in Contemporary Art: Paintings, Illustrations, Dolls and more

Harry Clarke: An Imaginative Genius in Illustrations and Stained-glass Arts

The Art of Japanese Dyeing Patterns: Kamawanu Collection of Tenugui: Japanese Cotton Cloth

Aubrey Beardsley: The Decadent Magician of the Light and the Darkness

Dreaming Girls: Art Collection of Macoto Takahashi

Traditional Japanese Patterns and Motifs

Yokai Museum: The Art of Japanese Supernatural Beings from YUMOTO Koichi Collection

Manga: The Pre-History of Japanese Comics

Mushroom Botanical Art

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Aug/2020 release in the US/Europe°°
Aubrey Beardsley:
The Fin-de-Siècle Magician of Light and Darkness
Aubrey Beardsley:<br/>The Fin-de-Siècle Magician of Light and Darkness
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Aubrey Beardsley, a shooting star who vanished into fin de siecle darkness.

This 240-page book, Aubrey Beardsley: The Decadent Magician of the Light and the Darkness, reveals the core of the artist Aubrey Beardsley through more than 180 of his art works, compiled under the supervision of Hiroshi Unno, a critic and a writer who has contributed to many books on the fin-de-siecle.
Aubrey Beardsley was an illustrator who was best known for his drawings in black ink filled with erotic and decadent features. He was born in Brighton, England on August 21, 1872. The Victorian era in which Aubrey lived was gripped by a strict, rigid, conservative morality. The society was male dominated and forced women to be modest. However, in Brighton, which developed into a seaside resort for the upper classes full of entertainment, people were relieved from such strictness. Brighton was also a breeding ground of a sense of liberty in all things, and sexuality was no exception. In other words, it can be said that the Victorian era was a chaotic era during which open-minded thoughts on sexuality and strict, male-dominated morality coexist.
Aubrey's mother, Ellen, was a person who embodied that Brighton atmosphere. Although she worried about raising her son in such an environment, she also taught literature and music to Aubrey. It was lucky for him to spend his youth with Ellen, and Brighton definitely became the basis of his talent for grasping the oddness of society in this era.
Aubrey moved to London when he was 15 years old. When the Beardsley family left Brighton, Aubrey lost the feeling of liberty he had been raised with, but at the same time was able to develop his talent by interacting with Edward Burne-Jones, Oscar Wilde, and William Morris, the artists that colored this period. Aubrey, whose talent blossomed in London, began to offer his illustrations to many literary and theatrical outlets. The most famous examples are his illustrations for Oscar Wilde°«s Salome, Sir Thomas Malory°«s Le Morte d°«Arthur, Edgar Allan Poe°«s Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, °»Alibaba and the Forty Thieves°… from One Thousand and One Nights, the French magazine Yellow Book, and the play Lysistrata. The illustrations for these literary and theatrical artworks had also been drawn by many other illustrators, but Aubrey°«s work was totally different from anyone else°«s.
The seductive motifs that he drew, using only black ink, such as a woman with a fearless smile, a gentleman with disdainful contempt, and figures with extremely exaggerated genitals, all express Aubrey°«s incomparable talent for grasping the chaos and unsettled atmosphere of the period. The rebellious nature and imagery of his illustrations were often controversial. People even called him °»the Devil°«s younger brother°…. But there is no doubt that he was a star of the age, which is evident from the many influential illustrators who came after him who were influenced by Aubrey°«s work, such as Harry Clarke, Alastair, John Austin, Kay Nielsen and George Barbier.
Unfortunately Aubrey°«s genius illuminated the end of the nineteenth century, the era of fin-de-siecle decadence, only briefly before fading away, when his tragically short life ended after just twenty five years.
How did the rebellious, yet refined, monochrome artworks drawn by °»the Devil°«s younger brother°… come about? Was his life simply the art itself? This book is a gem that presents the artwork that is most identified with °»Beardsley°… himself, revealing both the artist and the idea, through his life and his masterpieces.
Author : Hiroshi Unno
Size : 257 °Ŗ 186 mm
Pages : 240 pages (Full color)
Binding : Flexibound
Release Date : Aug/2020
Language : English
Publisher : PIE International
Price : $2,800.00
Dec/2020 release in the US/Europe
Birds of Edo:
A Guide to Classical Japanese Birds
Birds of Edo:<br/> A Guide to Classical Japanese Birds
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Admire exquisite birds from an eminent Edo-period nature field guide.

As a sequel to °»Flowers of Edo°…, we are pleased to present °»Birds of Edo°…. Of all the illustrated encyclopedias of flora and fauna from the Edo period, °»Baien-Kinpu°… which was compiled by Baien Mouri, a samurai and a scholar of herbal medicine, was said to be most outstanding nature field guide in terms of its realistic depiction and its beautiful and sensitive brushwork. We have carefully selected 86 images from °»Baien-Kinpu°…, supplemented with explanatory text on the origins of each bird°«s Japanese name, classification and scientific name, along with information on Japanese literature in which these birds appear. The lively and radiant birds beloved by the people in the Edo period, now return to life in the Reiwa era! As in the previous book, this title is designed in landscape format, enabling the illustrations to be clearly seen in a single page. Art direction is by Kazuhiko Tajima, who designed our bestselling title Bonsai (9784756248299).

Art director: Kazuhiko Tajima
Size : 180 °Ŗ 257 mm
Pages : 224 pages (Full Color)
Binding : Softbound
Release Date : Mar/2020
Language : J/E Bilingual
Publisher : PIE International
Price : $2,800.00
Nov/2020 release in the US/Europe°°
Decorative Japanese Painting:
The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art
Decorative Japanese Painting:<br>The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art
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Revel in the brilliant world of Rinpa, the origin of Japanese decoration and the aesthetic consciousness the world has fallen in love with.

Because of its innovative composition and design pattern, the Rinpa school, one of the historical schools in Japanese painting established in 17th-century Kyoto by Honami Koetsu and Tawaraya Sotatsu and passed on to Ogata Korin, Ogata Kenzan and Sakai Hoitsu, still maintains a huge influence on the modern art and design scene. This book explores the history of Rinpa from its birth, evolution and rebirth in modern times through carefully selected artworks of important figures in Rinpa history, including many national treasures and important cultural properties. Immerse yourself in the world of Rinpa. This is the DNA of the modern Japanese art and design.
Size : 210 x 148 mm
Pages : 304 pages (4C°¶272P)
Binding : Softbound
Release Date : Feb/2020
Language : J/E Bilingual
Publisher : PIE International
Price : $2,900.00
Jun/2020 release in the US/Europe
Once more unto the breach:
Samurai Warriors and Heroes in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces
Once more unto the breach:<br>Samurai Warriors and Heroes in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces
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Samurai warriors and heroes illustrated by the greatest ukiyo-e masters

The follow-up to the bestselling title Something Wicked from Japan, we proudly present you this book full of great samurai warriors and heroes in Ukiyo-e masterpieces. This book showcases various samurai warriors and heroes, including the Genji and Heike clans (hereditary clan names bestowed by the emperors of the Heian period), samurai warriors of the Sengoku period (a century-long period of political upheaval and warlordism in Japan), the swordsman and poet Miyamoto Musashi, Eight Dog Warriors from the novel The Eight Dog Chronicles written in the Edo period, Jiraiya (the toad-riding Ninja character from Japanese folklore), Forty-seven Ronin, the Chinese hero Guan-Yu, and more. All the illustrations are by legendary ukiyo-e artists such as Hokusai, Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and Yoshitoshi. Vigorous and powerful characters illustrated in vibrant and dynamic compositions are simply overwhelming and stunningly beautiful. If you love samurai and ukiyo-e, this book is for you. A perfect reference book for tattoo artists, as well.
Author : Contributor: Ei Nakau
Size : 228 °Ŗ 182mm
Pages : 240 pages (Full color)
Binding : Softbound
Release Date : Nov/2019
Language : J/E bilingual
Publisher : PIE International
Price : $2,200.00
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Goldfish Princess Encyclopedia
Goldfish Princess Encyclopedia
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An epoch-making book featuring goldfish transformed into kawaii princesses

All the goldfish princesses featured in this title are illustrated in watercolor by Kinuyo Iwata, who started illustrating goldfish princesses in 2011 after marrying her husband, who was working at an aquarium fish shop. Forty-five breeds are featured through the author°«s personification concept, each accompanied by an explanation on its origin and history by Younosuke Kawada, the goldfish master, who has 40 years of experience with goldfish.

Each of the characters are personified to match the goldfish°«s country of origin. Twenty-five extra illustrations and tutorials on how to illustrate a goldfish princess are also included as special extra content. Chapters are divided by goldfish type: Common Goldfish, Ryukin, Ranchu and Oranda. Find your own favorite goldfish princess.
Author : Kinuyo Iwata (Illustrator) °°Younosuke Kawada (Supervisor)
Size : 210°Ŗ148mm
Pages : 136 pages (Full color°ň
Binding : Softbound
Release Date : Aug/2019
Language : Japanese
Publisher : PIE International
Price : $1,800.00