Of all the illustrated encyclopedias of flora and fauna from the Edo period, Baien-Kinpu was said to be most outstanding. Written by samurai and scholar Baien Mouri, the nature field guide had no equal for its realistic depictions and its beautiful and sensitive brushwork. Birds of Edo presents 86 carefully selected 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 works of Japanese literature in which they appear.

The lively and radiant birds beloved by the people in the Edo period, now return to life in the Reiwa era! Birds of Edo is designed in landscape format so that each illustration has its own page to shine.  

224 pages. Paperback.

About the Author:

Baien Mouri was a samurai and a scholar of herbal medicine living in the Edo Period (1603-1868). He wrote and illustrated several field guides of Japanese flora and fauna that remain influential to this day. Birds of Edo is art directed by Kazuhiko Tajima.