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
Fold, cut curl -- celebrate!
This gorgeous papercraft book captures the spirit of the season with dozens of ideas for holiday gifts, wrapping, and decorating.
In SNOWFLAKES, SUNBURSTS, AND STARS,, acclaimed papercrafters Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt introduce you to origami (paperfolding), kirigami (paper folding/cutting), and quilling (paper curling), and show you how to create some of nature’s most beautiful imagery in paper.
From delicate, intricate snowflakes to bold and colorful sunbursts and surprising stars, you’ll discover countless ways to use papercrafting and your unlimited imagination to bring holiday joy to everyone you know and love. In addition to essential information, detailed instructions, and beautiful photos, the book includes dozens of holiday ideas including:
Kirigami notecards, perfect for sending seasonal greetings
Quilled window ornaments and a mobile, all shimmering with a variety of snowflake motifs
An origami napkin ring
Quilled and kirigami place cards
Origami gift tags for presentations as lovely as the items inside the packages
To find out more about SNOWFLAKES, SUNBURSTS, AND STARSand other great Kodansha craft books, go to: http://www.kodanshausa.com/categories/origami-gift-wrapping/