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Author: 柳宗悦, 1889-1961, author. Soetsu Yanagi ; with the cooperation of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum ; translated by Michael Brase = 「柳宗悦コレクション2もの」他所収 / 著者柳宗悦 ; 訳者マイケル・ブレーズ. ; Muneyoshi Yanagi; Michael Brase; Nihon Mingeikan.
Publisher: Tokyo : Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture, 2017.
Series: Japan library (Shuppan Bunka Sangyō Shinkō Zaidan)
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The common utilitarian objects depicted in this book were considered aesthetically insignificant until the appearance of Soetsu Yanagi. It was Yanagi who discovered the beauty that could only be produced by simple, humble craftsmen repeatedly and unselfconsciously working on the same objects day after day. From this quotidian world emerged a distinctive beauty - wholesome, free, and devoid of self-awareness. To  Read more...
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Named Person: Muneyoshi Yanagi; Muneyoshi Yanagi; Muneyoshi Yanagi; Muneyoshi Yanagi
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 柳宗悦, 1889-1961, author. Soetsu Yanagi ; with the cooperation of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum ; translated by Michael Brase = 「柳宗悦コレクション2もの」他所収 / 著者柳宗悦 ; 訳者マイケル・ブレーズ. ; Muneyoshi Yanagi; Michael Brase; Nihon Mingeikan.
ISBN: 9784916055750 4916055756
OCLC Number: 981919872
Language Note: Translated from the original Japanese into English.
Notes: The essays appearing in this book were selected from Yanagi Soetsu korekushon 2: mono (Chikuma Shobo; chapters 2-7, 10-14) and Mingei yonju-nen (Iwanami Shoten; chapters 1, 8, 9, 15, 16)--Title page verso.
Description: 245 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
Contents: Textiles --
Ceramics --
Wood and lacquer --
Metal --
Sculpture --
Pictorial art --
What is folk craft? --
The beauty of miscellaneous things --
A painted Karatsu as food for thought --
What is pattern? --
Okinawa's Bashofu --
The beauty of Kasuri --
The characteristics of Kogin --
The Japanese perspective --
The story behind the discovery of Mokujiki --
Woodblock prints --
Otsu-e --
Handicrafts and sesshu --
Washi --
Seeing and knowing --
A letter to my Korean friends --
The Japan Folk Crafts Museum.
Series Title: Japan library (Shuppan Bunka Sangyō Shinkō Zaidan)
Other Titles: Essays.
Selected essays on Japanese folk crafts
"Yanagi Sōetsu korekushon2 mono" hoka shoshū
Responsibility: Soetsu Yanagi ; with the cooperation of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum ; translated by Michael Brase = "Yanagi Sōetsu korekushon2 mono" hoka shoshū / chosha Yanagi Muneyoshi ; yakusha Maikeru Burēzu.

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"The common utilitarian objects depicted in this book were considered aesthetically insignificant until the appearance of Soetsu Yanagi. It was Yanagi who discovered the beauty that could only be produced by simple, humble craftsmen repeatedly and unselfconsciously working on the same objects day after day. From this quotidian world emerged a distinctive beauty - wholesome, free, and devoid of self-awareness. To bring these crafts to the notice of the world, Yanagi established the Japan Folk Crafts Museum in 1936, from whose collection the objects illustrated herein have been chosen for inclusion by the publisher. In the essays, Yanagi expounds his philosophy of folk crafts and highlights particular pieces. Altogether, the book constitutes a penetrating insight into the world of Japanese handicrafts"--Publisher's website.

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