Japan Travel

LHR Travelers,

Please see Selected Bibliography below or click links  for pdf download.

Any questions that might not be answered in the General Travel Info, please email me directly at yiw [AT] yoshikowada.com

– Yoshiko

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Selected Bibliography for LHR INSIDERS TOUR TO JAPAN
Compiled by Tour Leader Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada


(1) Rukyu Archipelago


Ishigaki Island


Iriomote Island


Taketomi Island


Okinawa (Kenritsu)


Shuri Castle


Miyahira, Hatusuko


Michiko Uehara (silk weaver)


Jissei Omine (potter)



(2) Kagoshima


Shobu Gakuen

Momijiyama Museum


(3) Kumamoto



(4) Onta Kiln



(5) Kannawa Hot Springs


Beppu Hot Springs



(6) Naoshima Bunkamara (cultural village)


Benesse House and Museum: a contermporary art heaven designed by Tadao Ando on Naoshima Island



(7) Miho Museum by I. M. Pei



(8) Nara


Shosoin Exhibition



9) Tokyo


Jürgenleil Lehl


Issey Miyake


21_21 Design Sight (Tokyo Mid-town)


Muji Store


Suntory Museum by Kengo Kuma


Hara Museum by Arata Isozaki


The New Museum by Kisho Kurokawa


Gallery Shun and Gallery Muu


Nuno Corporation



Architecture, Modernism and Fine Art

Altshuler, Bruce. Isamu Noguchi. Modern Masters, Vol. 16. Abbeville Press, Inc., 1995.

Ando, Tadao.The Colors of Light: Tadao Ando Architecture.. Introduction by Tom Heneghan.. Phaidon Press Inc., 1996.

Dal Co, Francesco. Tadao Ando: Complete Works., Phaidon Press Inc., 1998.

Dunn Michael. Inspired Design: Japan’s Traditional Arts.  Antique Collectors Club Ltd, 2003.

Iwamiya, Takji and Kazuya Takaoka. Katachi: Classic Japanese Design. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1999.

Jodidio, Philip.Tadao Ando. Taschen America Llc., 1998  (Paperback: $24.99)

Katsuhiko, Mizuno. Styles and Motifs Japanese Gardens USA: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Munroe, Alexandra.  Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky. New York: Henry N Abrams, Inc., 1994.

Noguchi, Isamu. Isamu Noguchi: Essays and Conversations. Edited by Diane Apostolos-Cappadona and Bruce Altsuler. Harry N. Abrams, 1994

Out of Bounds. Open Air ’94. Fukutake Publishing Co. Ltd. / Benesse Corporation, 1994 (You will be able to purchase this catalogue at Benesse House, Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum)

Price, Lorna and Letitia O’Connor, eds. Taisho Chic: Japanese Modernity, Nostalgia, and Deco.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001.

Yanagi, Soetsu, adapted by Bernard Leach. The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty.  New York: Kodansha International, 1978.

Zukowsky, John et al. Japan 2000: Architecture and Design for the Japanese Public. International Book Import Service, Inc., 1998.

Food- Japanese

Downer, Lesley. At the Japanese Table: New and Traditional Recipes. Chronicle Books, 1993.

Kondo, Hiroshi et al. Sake: A Drinker’s Guide. Kodansha International, 1984.

Richie, Donald. A Taset of Japan: Customs and Etiquette. Kodansha International, 1985.

Satterwhite, Robb. What’s What in Japanese Restaurants: A Guide to Ordering Eating and Enjoying, Kodansha International, 1996.

Tsuji, Shizuo et al. Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art. Kodansha International, 1980.


Gardens, Temples, Shrines and Castles

Kumamoto Castle


Kumamoto Garden


Iso Teien, Kagoshima Garden


Todaiji Temple



Textiles & Fashion

Lehl, Jurgen


Adachi, Barbara Curtis. The Living Treasures of Japan. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1973.

Benjamin, Betsy Sterling. The World of Rozome: Wax-Resist Textiles of Japan. New York: Kodansha International, 1996.

Braddock, Sarah E. and Marie O’Mahony. Techno Textile: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion Design, Thames & Hudson, 1999.

Dalby, Liza Crihfield.  Kimono: Fashioning Culture. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, C. 1993.

Chandes, Herve, ed. Issey Miyake: Making Things. Zurich: Scalo, 1999.

Cort, Louise Allison. Shigaraki, Potter’s Valley, Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1980

Cort, Louise Allison and Winther-Tamaki, Bert. Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics: A Close Embrace of the Earth, 2003.

Dunn, Michael and Takeuchi, Jun’ichi. Traditional Japanese Design: Five Tastes, Japan Society, New York, 2001.

Gluckman, Dale Carolyn, and Sharon Sadako Takeda.  When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-Period Japan.  Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1992.

Hay, Susan Anderson, Ed. with a catalogue essay by Iwao Nagasaki and Monica Bethe. Patterns and Poetry:  No Robes from the Lucy Truman Aldrich Collection at the Museum Of~Art, Rhode Island School of Design.  Providence, Rhode Island School of Design, 1992.

Hauge, Victor, and Hauge, Takako. Folk Traditions in Japanese Art. Catalog organized and circulated by the I.E.F. in cooper­ation with the Japan Foundation. Tokyo: Kodansha Interna­tional, 1979.

Hayashi, Ryoichi. The Silk Road and the Shoso-in. Translated by Robert Ricketts. The Heibonsha Survey of Japanese Art, vol.6. New York and Tokyo: Weatherhill, Heibonsha, 1975.

Hishinuma, Yoshiki, “3D –Knit,” catalog presented at the exhibition in May of 2005.  Japan: Yobisha Co., Ltd., 2005. ISBN: 4-946436-54-5

Ito, Toshiko. Tsuiigahana: The Flower of Japanese Textile Arts. Translated by Monica Bethe. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1985.

Japan Textile Color Design Center. Free-Style Designs. Textile Designs of Japan, vol.1. Original edition 1959; rev. ed. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1980.

Kobo Shobu.  “Nui Project,” catalog presented at the exhibition.  Kagoshima, Japan: Kobo Shobu, 2003.

Koren, Leonard. Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

Koumis, Matthew, ed. Art Textiles of the World: Japan. Win­chester: Telos Art Publishing, 1997

Larsen, Jack Lenor.  A Weaver’s Memoir.  New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998. ISBN: 0-8109-3589-9

Larsen, Jack Lenor; Bohler, Alfred; Solyon, Bronwen; and Solyon, Garrett. The Dyer’s Art: Ikati Batik, Plangi, New York: Van Nostrand, 1976.

McCartney, Cara, and McQuaid, Matilda. Structure and Surfice: Contemporary Japanese fiextiles. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1998.

Meech-Pekarik, Julia.  The World of the Meiji Print: Impressions of a New Civilization.  New York: John Weatherhill, Inc., 1986.

Mitchell, Louise, ed. The Cutting Edge: Fashion From Japan.  Sydney: Powerhouse Publishing, 2005

Miyokawa, Ritsuko, ed. Nuno Nuno Books: Kira Kira. Tokyo: Nuno Corporation, 1999

Miyokawa, Ritsuko, ed. Nuno Nuno Books: Fuwa Fuwa. Tokyo: Nuno Corporation, 1998

Miyokawa, Ritsuko, ed. Nuno Nuno Books: Shimi Jimi. Tokyo: Nuno Corporation, 1998

Miyokawa, Ritsuko. Nuno Nuno Books: Suké Suké. Tokyo: Nuno Corporation, 1997.

Nishimura, Hyobu and Jean Mailey and Joseph S. Hayes, Jr. Tagasode: Whose Sleeves…: Kimono from the Kanebo Collection. Catalogue.  New York: Japan Society, Inc., 1976

Nukata, Kousaku.  Boro no Bi (Beauty of Rags).  Osaka, Japan, 2002.

Papantoniou, Ionna, ed.  Ptychoseis=Folds + Pleats: Drapery from Ancient Greek Dress to 21st-Century Fashion. Athens, Greece: Hellenic Culture Organization S.A., 2004. ISBN: 960-8276-19-5

Miyake, Issey at al. Issey Miyake: Making Things, Scalo Verlag Ac., 1999

Pearson, Richard, Ed.  Ancient Japan. Washington, D.C.:  Smithsonian Institution, 1992.

Ota, Kayoko, ed. Nuno Nuno Books: Zawa Zawa. Tokyo: Nuno Corporation, 1999.

Stevens, Rebecca and Yoshiko Wada, Ed.  The Kimono Inspiration: Art and Art to Wear in America Pomegranate Artbooks, Rohnert Park, and The Textile Museum, 1996.

Suzuki, Akira. Nuno Nuno Books: Boro Boro. Tokyo: Nuno Corporation, 1997.

Stinchecum, Amanda Mayer. Kosode: Sixteenth Through Nine­teenth Century Textiles from the Nomura Collection. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1984.

Stroud, Marion Boulton.  New Material As New Media: The Fabric Workshop and Museum.  Pennsylvania: First MIT Press, 2002. ISBN: Fabric Workshop and Museum: 0-9619760-9-8 or MIT Press: 0-262-19789-9.

Tsuji, Kiyoji.  Fiber Art Japan.  Tokyo: Shinshindo Puublishing Co., 1994.

Wada, Yoshiko. Memory on Cloth: Shibori Now. New York: Kodansha International, 2002.

Wada, Yoshiko et al.  Shibori: The inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing Tradition Techniques Innovation, Kodansha International, 1999.

Yanagi, Soetsu. The Unknown Craftsman. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1972.

Yoshida, Shinichiro and Dai Williams.  Riches from Rags: Recycled Clothing and other Textile Traditions.  San Francisco: San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, 1994.



Golden, Arthur S. Memoirs of a Geisha.Vintage Books, 1999.

Hotta, Anne and Yoko Ishiguro. A Guide to Japanese Hot Springs. Kodansha International, 1986

Morley, John David. Picture from the Water Trade: Adventures of a Westerner in Japan.

Atlantic Monthly Press, 1985. (Out of Print)

Dunn Michael and Jun’Ich Takeuchi.  Traditional Japanese Design: Five Tastes.  New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2001.

McCartney and Matilda McQuaid. Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2002.

Fischer, Felice and Kathryn B. Hiesinger, PhD. Japanese Design: Survey since 1950. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1995.

Katoh, Amy Sylvester. Otafuku: Joy of Japan Tuttle Publishing, North Clarendon VT 2005

Tanaka, Seno. The Tea Ceremony (Origami Classroom). New York: Kodansha International, 2000.

Zakin, Richard. Ceramics: Mastering the Craft.  Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2001.