• 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 Learner’s Course

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course

    • Andrew Scott Conning
    • Foreword by Jack Halpern

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course is an innovative and highly effective system for learning and remembering kanji, or Sino-Japanese characters. The book contains 2,300 character entries, including all 2,136 Joyo Kanji... Read more

  • The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary

    The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary

    • Jack Halpern

    The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary—a revised, expanded edition of Jack Halpern’s groundbreaking New Japanese-English Character Dictionary—is the most in-depth, linguistically accurate, and up-to-date dictionary of its kind. The... Read more

  • The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary

    • Jack Halpern

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary has long been considered one of the most authoritative and user-friendly reference works available to Japanese language students. Now, in its updated edition, this best-selling kanji... 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


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/


  • The Hand-Stitched Flower Garden

    List price: $26.95

    The Hand-Stitched Flower Garden

    • Yuki Sugashima

    Understated and gorgeous, The Hand-Stitched Flower Garden is a book of delicate decorative stitching motifs inspired by nature, coupled with a collection of twenty projects to create by mixing and matching the... Read more

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