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
Gloriously illustrated, compact, and reasonably priced, Hi, Konnichiwa brings the art and life experiences of Yayoi Kusama to a wider audience.
Known as “The Princess of Polka Dots,” Yayoi Kusama has been in the forefront of the avant-garde art movement for sixty years. Painter, sculptor, writer, installation and performance artist, she continues to evolve, creating provocative and challenging new work that resonates with people of all ages around the world. “I Who Have Arrived in Heaven,” a recent exhibition at her New York gallery, became a social-media sensation, with visitors waiting on line for hours to experience Kusama’s universe.
Hi, Konnichiwa showcases Kusama’s arresting imagery and words, interspersing them with photographs of the artist at different periods in her life – from a girl of ten in Japan, to a young woman in New York, often wearing outrageous clothes of her own design, and now as a woman in her 80’s, living in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo and producing some of her most compelling pieces yet.