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Snow, Wave, Pine: Traditional Patterns in Japanese Design [Hardcover]

By Sadao Hibi (Photographer), Motoji Niwa & Jay W. Thomas (Translator)
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An important, but often overlooked, part of the world of Japanese arts and crafts is the array of beautiful, stylized motifs that have traditionally been used to decorate a huge range of objects. Snow, Wave, Pine takes a close look at some of the most classic of those patterns, enabling the reader to recognize and appreciate these motifs wherever they appear, and providing inspiration to anyone interested in design or arts and crafts.
The first half of the book introduces seventy-five important patterns, as depicted on a variety of objects. Seeing the "lotus blossom" or "flowing water" patterns, for instance, on antiques including brocaded kabuki robes, lacquerware trays, and metal sword guards throws into relief the patterns themselves, rather than the objects, making possible a new level of understanding and enjoyment. The informative text describes how each pattern arose, and the significance it had in terms of art, religion, and even politics. The reader has a sense of being empowered to look at any Japanese art, craft or design form with a new and educated eye.
The second half of the book shows a rich and dynamic selection of more than one thousand family crests. Crests are very stylized motifs whose variety and artistry are remarkable. With a minimum of lines, they are able to express the essence of such forms as a pair of facing crows with wings outstretched; the rounded back of a monkey viewed from behind as it sits hunched over, alone; or the elegant single counter-clockwise whorl. Despite being hundreds of years old, they are extremely modern in their sensibility.
Lavishly illustrated with over 450 color plates, and with text and photos alike by experts in the traditional Japanese arts, Snow, Wave, Pine is a treasurehouse of information for anyone interested in design forms or in Japanese culture.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   196
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.75" Height: 10.5"
Weight:   2.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2001
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770026897  
ISBN13  9784770026897  

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More About Sadao Hibi, Motoji Niwa & Jay W. Thomas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kiyoshi Seike (1918-2005) was one of the most original and thoughtful residential designers in Japan, creating countless private residential and large-scale commercial and public works.
Masanobu Kudo (1924-1996) was an expert on flowers, trees, and plants, who contributed to numerous publications on flower arranging and Japanese gardens. He edited Sakutei no Jiten (Encyclopedia of Garden Making) with Kiyoshi Seike.
David H. Engel is a prominent American landscape architect and site planner.
Renowned photographer Sadao Hibi specializes in traditional Japanese architecture and gardens.

Sadao Hibi was born in 1947.

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2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > Asian
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4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Commercial > General
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7Books > Subjects > History > Asia > Japan

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A Very Useful Compendium  Dec 19, 2007
This is a very high quality book that photographically documents the use of plant and animal images, natural phenomena, implements and structures, geometric patterns, miscellaneous patterns and family crests in textiles, lacquerware, ceramics, hair combs, paper goods, glassware, wood, metal, and glassware.

Within the textile category alone, the book includes images of woven brocades, kasuri, embroidery, yuzen dyeing, katazome, woodblock prints, woven stripes and checks and free hand paste resist textiles. This is one of the most extensive of the very few widely available books that focus on images of Japanese craft production. Well worth the price, especially this site's discounted price.
Marvellous  Sep 7, 2007
The book is wonderful! Reach in picture and well structured. There is little research, but i'm proud i've bought it. It's really useful to my study.
The beautiful traditions of Japan.  Nov 5, 2005
Mr. Hibi and Mr Niwa, wrote this book,which has fantastic pictures of a variety of patterns used in Japanese Designs. I have used this book as reference for my students, and I strongly recommend this book for Japanese artist lovers. It has more pictures than detailed written research.However all in all it is a great package.
Nice, but...  Sep 30, 2003
The photographs are wonderful, the book is classy. The text is kept short to not interfere with the pictures.
A bit too compressed, in my opionion. I would have liked more than four lines of text telling me that something is often depicted.
It's a wonderful book to have it displayed on a table, and to show off a little bit, but that's not the reason why I buy books...
Beauties to Behold  Sep 7, 2002
This eye-filling book clearly illustrates the rich symbolism of Japanese design. Though not meant as an all-inclusive guide to Japanese arts, the pictorial choices are wonderful. Each design "theme" is accompained by brief but highly informative text. There is also a generous selection of family crests (mon), which would be of particular interest to kimono enthusiasts. This color-saturated album is a joy to look at and would complement Merrily Baird's more complete and scholarly tome, "Symbols of Japan," which, though awesomely researched, has rather weak illustrations in several sections.

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