Handmade in Japan: The Pursuit of Perfection in Traditional Crafts

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Discover the exceptional artistry and rich traditions being kept alive by Japanese artisans in the era of mass production. Handmade in Japan takes a look inside the workshops of the country's artisans, revealing their endless pursuit of excellence, and what it means to dedicate one's life to the stewardship of irreplaceable cultural heritage.

International readers with an appreciation for handmade processes using sustainable materials will find inspiration in the exploration of craft ecosystems. Those who admire skill and beauty will enjoy discovering the lengths these makers go to in ensuring every product is perfect. With a foreword by architect Kengo Kuma, Handmade in Japan showcases the expertise and deep love of craft that earn an artist the title of artisan. 

320 pages. Hardcover.

About the Author

Kengo Kuma is one of the world's leading architects and a professor in the department of architecture at the University of Tokyo. He is widely known as a prolific writer and philosopher and has designed many buildings in Japan and around the world. He is the architect of the New National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.