Book Review: Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto

Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto by Robert van Koesveld Language: English ISBN: 978-0-9944501-0-4 Buy Here For this volume, van Koesveld was awarded the Photography Book of the Year (2015) by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers, and it’s easy to see why. While the text is certainly interesting and well-written, the photographs…

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Book Review – Kimono no Tanoshimi ga Hirogaru Obimusubi Arenji Jo

着物の楽しみが広がる 帯結びアレンジ帖 (Kimono no Tanoshimi ga Hirogaru Obimusubi Arenji Jō) by Kururi Language: Japanese ISBN: 978-4262160238 Amazon.com Listing Well, that title’s a mouthful, isn’t it? It essentially translates to Expand your Enjoyment of Kimono; Notes on Obi Musubi Arrangement (thanks to Tamara for the coherent translation). This book is an incredible resource for anyone looking…

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Book Review – Dream Spectres: Extreme Ukiyo-e: Sex, Blood & The Supernatural

Dream Spectres: Extreme Ukiyo-e: Sex, Blood & The Supernatural by Jack Hunter Language: English ISBN: 978-1840683011 Amazon.com Listing Publisher’s Listing Goodreads Page This is a strange and fascinating little book. It’s an extensive collection of the “dark” side of traditional Japanese woodblock printing, running the gamut from pornography to police blotters…

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