• Nobu<br>The Cookbook

    NobuThe Cookbook

    • Nobuyuki Matsuhisa
    • Translated by Laura Holland
    • Photographs by Fumihiko Watanabe
    • Introduction by and Preface by Robert De Niro
    • Foreword by Martha Stewart

    Tantalizing seafood recipes from the kitchens of a superchef. Nobu Matsuhisa should need little introduction. With his multinational and ever expanding empire of twelve restaurants in the United States, United... Read more

  • Japanese Kitchen Knives

    Japanese Kitchen Knives

    • Hiromitsu Nozaki and Kate Klippensteen
    • Photographs by Yasuo Konishi

    Sales of Japanese kitchen knives are booming, but how many people have the skills to use these superbly crafted tools to full advantage? Now, renowned chef Hiromitsu Nozaki shares his expertise and insights in a book that... Read more

  • The Ultimate Japanese Phrasebook

    The Ultimate Japanese Phrasebook

    • Kit Pancoast Nagamura and Kyoko Tsuchiya
    • Narrated by Reiko Matsunaga, Tatsuhiro Nishinosono, Katie Adler and Jeff Gedert

    No matter how long you've been studying the language, no matter how many words you've memorized, it seems you never stop wondering, How do I say X in Japanese? The Ultimate Japanese Phrasebook, the world's first... Read more

  • Kodansha's Katakana Workbook

    Kodansha's Katakana Workbook

    • Anne Matsumoto Stewart
    • Illustrations by Noriko Murotani

    Kodansha's Katakana Workbook is an all-new, streamlined workbook designed for beginner-level students who want to learn katakana, the Japanese script used for writing loanwords, as efficiently as possible. It presents each... Read more

  • Making Sense of Japanese

    Making Sense of Japanese

    • Jay Rubin

    Making Sense of Japanese is the fruit of one foolhardy American's thirty-year struggle to learn and teach the Language of the Infinite. Previously known as Gone Fishin', this book has brought Jay Rubin more feedback than any... Read more

  • Karate-Do Kyohan

    Karate-Do Kyohan

    • Gichin Funakoshi
    • Translated by Tsutomu Ohshima

    Nineteen kata(“forms”) of karate—the art of selfdefense without weapons—are presented here in complete detail. They are the one selected by the great master and teacher, Gichin Funakoshi, to give comprehensive training in... Read more

  • Manga! Manga!

    Manga! Manga!

    • Frederik L. Schodt
    • Introduction by Osamu Tezuka

    Since its publication in 1983 Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics has been the book to read for all those interested in Japanese comics. It is virtually a “bible” from which all studies and appreciation of manga... Read more

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Jack Halpern is the CEO of the CJK Dictionary Institute in Japan, which specializes in the compilation of CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and Arabic lexical databases and is one of the world’s prime sources of CJK dictionaries. A lexicographer by profession, Halpern spent sixteen years compiling the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary published in the U.S. by NTC/McGraw-Hill in 1994. As a research fellow at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, he was the editor-in-chief of several kanji dictionaries for learners, which have become standard reference works. Halpern has published over twenty books, including The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary: Revised and Expanded and The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary as well as numerous articles. He has given over 600 public lectures on Japanese language and culture, and presented several dozen papers at international conferences. Jack Halpern has lived in Japan for over 30 years. He was born in Germany and lived in six countries including France, Brazil, and the U.S. An avid polyglot, he has studied fifteen languages (fluent in ten). - See more at: http://www.kodanshausa.com/books/9781568364087/#sthash.OqcK8Jan.dpuf


MORE FELT FRIENDS FROM JAPAN combines the joys of felting with the charm of Japanese “cute” – and will delight crafters and pop culture fans alike!

In More Felt Friends from Japan, author Naomi Tabatha presents 80 projects that are as engaging and satisfying to make as those in her popular first book, Felt Friends from Japan Here are soft toys and dolls, adorable outfits in which to dress them, and a variety of useful and attractive accessories and decorative household items, all reflecting the retro style that Tabatha remembers from her childood in Japan in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Tabatha believes that the pleasure and sense of accomplishment that come with creating something youself are incomparable. And there’s nothing like seeing the look of happiness on the face of a recipient of a homemade gift to make you realize that the time and effort you’ve spent were well worth it!

“. . . the perfect little book to keep on your shelf if you love creating precious and imaginative kawaii dolls. Lovers of the first collection will not be disappointed.” – AllFreeSewing.com

“The instructions are clear and are followed up with great illustrations, plus there is a section in the back of the book that demonstrates stitches/techniques you will need to create your stuffie – making this a perfect book for beginners.” – StacySews.com



  • More Felt Friends from Japan

    List price: $14.95

    More Felt Friends from Japan

    • Naomi Tabatha

    In this charming follow-up to her popular Felt Friends from Japan, Naomi Tabatha shares 80 projects that anyone can make using only felt and a needle-and-thread.  Here are soft toys and dolls, adorable outfits to dress... Read more

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