Lifeblood of Japan Bundle

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About Lifeblood of Japan Bundle

The Lifeblood of Japan Bundle contains Family Crests of Japan, The Forgotten Japanese Encounters with Rural Life and Folklore, and The Cape and Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto Novel.

In Family Crests of Japan, the use of bold, iconic designs have come to symbolize family names in Japan. Dating from the time of the court nobles in the twelfth century. The sense of "family" has changed in modern Japan, but the crests' high-contrast motifs and simple geometries are right at home in our logo-emblazoned age, even as the designs express old cultural interests and ideals: cherry blossoms, well buckets, floating clouds.

The book contains over 850 family crests (kamon) with descriptions, cultural backgrounds, and a selection of photographs showing how crests are used on banners, signs, and buildings. Of special interest to graphic designers, quilt-makers, and illustrators.

The Forgotten Japanese: Encounters with Rural Life and Folklore was written by Tsuneichi Miyamoto.

Tsuneichi Miyamoto (1907-1981), a Japanese folklore scholar and rural advocate, walked 160,000 kilometers to conduct interviews and capture a dying way of life. This collection of photos, vignettes, and life stories from pre- and postwar rural Japan is the first English translation of his modern Japanese classic. From blowfish to landslides, Miyamoto's stories come to life in Jeffrey Irish's fluid translation.

The Cape and Other Stories from the Japanese was written by Kenji Nakagami.

Born into the burakumin - Japan's class of outcasts - Kenji Nakagami depicts the lives of his people in sensual language and stark detail. The Cape is a breakthrough novella about a burakumin community, their troubled memories, and complex family histories. Includes House on Fire and Red Hair.


  • Media: Specialty Books and Magazines
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Themes: Historical
  • Age Rating: 14+
  • Release Date: 11/24/2019
  • Dimensional Weight: 2.17

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