Multcolib Picks: Samurai! As Artist

77 Dances
77 Dances Japanese Calligraphy by Poets, Monks, and Scholars, 1568-1868 By Addiss, Stephen Book - 2006 745.6199 A227s 2006 In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:The first book on Japanese calligraphy from the significant Momoyama and Edo periods, 77 Dances examines the art of writing at a time when it was undergoing a remarkable flowering, as illustrated by over 100 sumptuous illustrations.

The Book of Tea
The Book of Tea By Okakura, Kakuzō Book - 2005 394.15 O41b 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:Kakuzo Okakura perceived chanoyu — literally, "the way of tea" — as a form of spiritual culture, a discipline that transforms itself into the Art of Life.

Ukiyo-e The Art of the Japanese Print By Harris, Frederick Book - 2010 769.952 H3141u 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world") is an art form that originated in the metropolitan culture of Edo (Tokyo) in the early 17th century and involved collaboration between artist, carver, printer and publisher.

Japanese Woodblock Prints
Japanese Woodblock Prints Artists, Publishers, and Masterworks, 1680-1900 By Marks, Andreas Book - 2010 769.952 M3464j 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Covering the period from the beginning of the Japanese woodblock print in the 1680s until the year 1900, this book provides a detailed survey of all the major artists, along with the images on which their fame rests.

Japanese Stone Gardens
Japanese Stone Gardens Origins, Meaning, Form By Mansfield, Stephen Book - 2009 712.0952 M287j 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:A comprehensive introduction to the powerful mystique and dynamism of the Japanese stone garden — from their earliest use as props in animistic rituals, to their appropriation by Zen monks and priests to create settings conducive to contemplation and finally to their contemporary uses and meaning.

Netsuke Fantasy and Reality in Japanese Miniature Sculpture By Earle, Joe Book - 2001 736.68 E13n 2001 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This superbly illustrated, accessibly written volume examines netsuke in the context of Japanese life and details the origins of designs that have evolved through the centuries.

The Art of Haiku
The Art of Haiku Its History Through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters By Addiss, Stephen Book - 2012 809.141 A2272a 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:This in-depth study of haiku history begins with the great early masters of the form takes us on a tour of haiku's evolution, providing along the way a wealth of examples of the poetry and the art inspired by it.

Noh By Takahashi, Mutsuo Book - 2010 792.0952 T1362n 2010 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The Japanese-born performing art, Noh combines dance, drama, music and poetry influenced by Zen philosophy. With a 600-year history, it is the world's oldest performing art.

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Not just a warrior, the samurai was expected to excel in the arts to balance his roles as both artist and patron. This list supplements the Samurai! exhibition at the Portland Art Museum, October 5, 2013-January 12, 2014.

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