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A Beginner’s Guide to Sumi-e: Learn Japanese Ink Painting from a Modern Master

The level of depth and detail that can be created in Sumi-e paintings is astonishing, and Koike’s book is a master class from a noted expert.

The Life and Zen Haiku Poetry of Santoka Taneda

One can hardly imagine a more accessible or authentic introduction to a remarkable seeker whose life and art were indistinguishable, nor a more essential addition to any collection of world literature.
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Wabi Sabi: The Wisdom in Imperfection

This very tranquil read encourages reflection and acceptance.
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Adorable Knitted Animals: Cute Stuffed Toys To Knit the Japanese Way

This book is appropriate for knitters experienced in making various types of stitches and following charts, and for crafters with good fine motor skills for assembling the animals. Each creature is a work of art and would be well worth the effort to create.
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Memoirs of a Kamikaze: A World War II Pilot’s Inspiring Story of Survival, Honor and Reconciliation

Odachi provides personal insight on the last days of empire, and his stories of crime in Tokyo give this memoir life. This book deserves a spot next to Yasuo Kawahara’s classic autobiography Kamikaze.
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The Complete Guide to Drawing for Beginners: 21 Step-by-Step Lessons

Highly recommended for aspiring artists of all types, especially those looking for encouragement to give drawing a go.
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The Ikigai Journey: A Practical Guide to Finding Happiness and Purpose the Japanese Way

Beneficial for readers who find the concept of ikigai intriguing.
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The Gardener’s Guide to Succulents: A Handbook of Over 125 Exquisite Varieties of Succulents and Cacti

Matsuyama offers gardeners plenty of bang for their buck, including strong visuals and the basics of growing and propagating popular succulents and cacti. Novice horticulturists, however, might gravitate toward Ken Shelf and Rachel Weill’s Essential Succulents, which covers fewer plants but offers a bit more hand-holding when it comes to getting started..

Joyful Mending: Visible Repairs for the Perfectly Imperfect Things We Love!

Anyone wishing to preserve and repair their favorite clothes will find plenty of ideas and useful techniques here.
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