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
Bring the beauty of nature into your life – all year long.
In her Introduction to THE HAND-STITCHED FLOWER GARDEN, author Yuki Sugashima writes, “From the beginning, I wanted to stitch my own designs and discovered that even the simplest of drawings can gain depth and beauty by expressing it in stitches. My previous experience as a floral designer instilled in me a passion for flowers, and I was soon creating floral motifs and arrangements, this time, in thread.”
Organized by season, Yuki’s book presents a gallery of embroidery patterns reflecting the glorious variety of the garden, plus season-specific projects. With step-by-step instructions, photos, and actual-sized templates, even the novice needlecrafter can get right to work.
“Try to keep that jaw from hitting the floor. The patterns in The Hand-Stitched Flower Garden are absolutely stunningly gorgeous.” – AllFreePaperCrafts.com
“[Yuki’s] photos are always gorgeous! And her embroidery is always, delicate, clean, neat, and simple. She has a lovely style. . . . The Big News is Yuki’s new embroidery book. . . .” – Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘n Thread
“. . . filled with ideas for creating beautiful and practical handcrafted gifts. . . . so excited about this book.” – CraftGossip.com
To find out more about THE HAND-STITCHED FLOWER GARDEN and other outstanding Kodansha books on needlecraft and textile art, go to: http://www.kodanshausa.com/categories/textiles-kimono/