• New Tastes in Green Tea

    New Tastes in Green Tea

    • Mutsuko Tokunaga
    • Foreword by Jane Pettigrew
    • Translated by Yoko Toyozaki and Stuart Varnam-Atkin

    THE WINNER OF THE GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS in the category of the Best Book in Cooking with Wine, Beer or Spirits for Books New Tastes in Green Tea is an original cookbook that ushers an underappreciated... Read more

  • Vegetable Sushi Cookbook

    Vegetable Sushi Cookbook

    • Izumi Shoji

    Simple, healthy, and delicious vegetable sushi from Japan’s most popular vegetarian blogger.   The Vegetable Sushi Cookbook is the brainchild of Izumi Shoji, a hugely popular blogger in Japan, who shares her... Read more

  • Practical Japanese Cooking

    Practical Japanese Cooking

    • Shizuo Tsuji and Koichiro Hata
    • Foreword by David Bouley
    • Preface by Yoshiki Tsuji
    • Photographs by Yoshikatsu Saeki

    Sushi, yakitori, tempura, tofu, miso—the Japanese food explosion is here and many new and inviting dishes from Japan are finding their way into the Western heart and home. For far too long Japanese food has been treated... Read more

  • The Japanese Pottery Handbook

    The Japanese Pottery Handbook

    • Penny Simpson and Kanji Sodeoka
    • Illustrations by Lucy Kitto

    Beloved by potters and anyone interested in pottery, this practical, informative, and charming manual has been completely revised and redesigned for today’s readers.   The Japanese Pottery Handbook, first published... Read more

  • Advanced Stick Fighting

    Advanced Stick Fighting

    • Masaaki Hatsumi

    THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE BOOK ON STICK FIGHTING AVAILABLE, WRITTEN BY THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS NINJA GRANDMASTER 14.00   Bushidō, the way of the warrior, is deeply bound to the rich history of the... Read more

  • The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide

    The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide

    • Jack Halpern

    The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide is a new type of reference work that enables learners to deepen their understanding of how kun homophones are used in contemporary Japanese. The first Japanese-English resource devoted... Read more

  • Wadaiko

    Wadaiko

    • The Association for Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT)

    From the authors of the best-selling Japanese for Busy People series comes an innovative, engaging new way to learn Japanese. Based on a teaching approach which has been used successfully in the classroom by AJALT in Japan,... Read more

  • Hi, Konnichiwa

    Hi, Konnichiwa

    • Yayoi Kusama

    Japanese painter, sculptor, writer, installation and performance artist Yayoi Kusama has been in the vanguard of contemporary art for sixty years. Best known for her use of patterns of dots (which she claims evolved from the... 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

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ADELE. . . KATY PERRY. . . KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN. . . ARTIST YAYOI KUSAMA IS IN GOOD COMPANY THESE DAYS.

Yayoi Kusama (Hi, Konnichiwa) has been a media darling for almost 60 years, when she took the art world by storm as a pioneer of the Pop, Environmental, and Performance Art movements in New York.

Now, once again, we’re buzzing about Kusama, and her dazzling installation “Infinity Mirrored Room” at the new Broad Museum in L.A. – thanks to a number of high-profile fans of the work.

It started with a visit by Kourtney Kardashian, who took her kids to the museum for the day. http://www.eonline.com/news/741849/kourtney-kardashian-takes-her-kids-to-popular-los-angeles-art-museum-for-one-epic-day-date-with-mom

Then Katy Perry posted a photo on Instagram, adding to the A-list of approval. Intragramn

https://www.facebook.com/GlitterMagazine/posts/1074265195919988

And finally, Adele, inspired by the imagery in Katy’s photo, filmed herself in the room, then used the footage as the backdrop for her live performance of “When We Were Young” at the BRIT Awards.

http://www.etonline.com/news/183871_how_katy_perry_inspired_adele_for_her_dazzling_brit_awards_performance/

More Yayoi Kusama in the news: As a prelude to next spring’s Honolulu Biennial, the city is presenting Kusama’s “Footprints of Life,” a 15-piece installation of giant sculptures evoking the now extinct Kahuli tree snails, native only to Oahu. Kusama will also participate in the Biennial with a new commissioned work. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/07/t-magazine/art/yayoi-kusama-hawaii-honolulu-biennial.html

Tofind out more about this extraordinary artist, you’ll want to readHi, Konnichiwa, which brings together Yayoi Kusama’s vivid imagery and haunting words, along with photos of her over the years. The book offers a glimpse into the fevered imagination and creative output of this very complicated and fascinating woman. http://www.kodanshausa.com/books/9781568365381/

  • Hi, Konnichiwa

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    Hi, Konnichiwa

    • Yayoi Kusama

    Japanese painter, sculptor, writer, installation and performance artist Yayoi Kusama has been in the vanguard of contemporary art for sixty years. Best known for her use of patterns of dots (which she claims evolved from the... Read more

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