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The Complete Hokusai Manga Softcover - HUGE!

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Size: 6 " x 8 " - Pages: - Published: 2010 - Price: $100 - Softcover

This book just came out and is this year's must have. It's the Hokusai reference bible - all the manga in one, easy to take with you on the road, publication. It's 959 pages - it's 2.5 inches thick!! This is a myriad of animals, plants, men, women, gods, architecture, demons, objects - basically everything Hokusai saw in his life that he chronicled for future use (little did he know how far into the future his material would be referenced!) These images have been previously published individually as the manga series, but this is the first time you can get them all in one go. If you ever reference Japanese imagery in your work, do yourself a favor with this one. Highly recommended.

 

 

Kuniyoshi Collection

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 96 - Published: 2008 - Price: $45 - Binding: Softcover

This is great Kuniyoshi survey book with equal attention paid to his warriors, ghosts and apparitions, animal and daily life illustrations and humorous imagery. Kuniyoshi's artwork is bold, with strong with amazing detail paid to costume and background. His epic battle scenes and gruesome monsters make his a favorite resource for wabori - Japanese style tattooing. This is a good little reference book to have around the shop. All text is in Japanese.

 

Birds and Flowers by Ito Jakuchu


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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 128 - Published: 2004 - Price: $45 - Binding:  Softcover

This book is called Doubutzu Shokubutsu Sai Kai (loosely translated this means - animal and plant colorful pictures) and it is  the best Jakuchu survey book for the buck. It includes most of his bird/flower and animal studies - nice big prints of his roosters!

Jakuchu was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1715. He is a solitary figure in the history of Japanese painting, way ahead of his time his style decorative, elaborate and daring. He remained unknown until well after his death, when he was rediscovered in the late 19th century.

Jakuchu's animals are a personal favorite....his phoenix and roosters in particular. This book includes images of ducks, his roosters,  the phoenix, peacock, butterfly, cranes, many great fish, octopus (my favorite), toad, dragonflies, crickets and other insects, stingray, shells and assorted small birds...also includes a variety of trees, plants, leaves and flowers. His choice of color and attention to detail are both unique yet quintessentially Japanese. He brings subtle earth tones to life with brilliant red accents - a sun or rooster crown. His underwater scenes are equally stunning, darker yet with vivid details.  This book includes full page, full color reproductions of his birds and animals, as well as separate full pages devoted to close ups of particular points of interest - a rooster head or a particularly vivid fish. Brilliant resource book and a must have for any tattoo art book collection.

Kyosai's 100 Ghosts - OOP

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 148 - Published: 2002 - Price: $95 - Binding:  Hardcover

This is a copy of Kyosai's 100 Apparitions, an amazing collection of prints from one of the most macabre Ukiyo-e printers. This book is now OUT OF PRINT. Kyosai was a student of Kuniyoshi and these two stand out among the painters from the floating world for their renditions of things strange, weird and frightening. Kyosai was an avid Sake drinker and an amazing storyteller, he enjoyed frightening his audiences and could always touch a nerve with his vivid imagination. He has been said to spare no canvas in his paintings, they are busy and multifaceted, the center object rarely being what captures the eye after the initial reaction of shock wears off. Hiding in the background are oni (japanese mythological demons), ghosts, skeletons and blood hungry ghouls. (plus several things I can't identify). His pieces are brilliant for larger tattoo pieces and has a hundred little images that would make great tattoos as well. This will be one of those books you don't want to leave around the shop but pull out for your favorite customers, pieces you can truly get excited about. The book would also make a great addition to any ukiyo-e collection.  Text is Japanese.

Hokusai Manga II - Traditional Japanese Sketchbook

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 112 - Published: 2001 - Price: $48 - Binding: Softcover

This book is a great find for Hokusai collectors interested in landscape scenes, men and women performing daily tasks, and animals. It includes some great waves and several  amazing oni (demons) and dragons. Quite a few brilliant warrior images. Images are monochrome except for the first 15 pages which are done on glossy paper and are in color but faint sepia tones. This books consists of both full and half page illustrations as well as sketch pages, with 10 drawings on the same subject matter for reference. Includes images of houses, buildings, bridges, temples, mountains, waves, rocks, people - workers, women, gods and samurai, assorted animals, trees....lots of great stuff. All in all a great resource book for anyone working to recreate Japanese traditional style artwork.

The Fantastic World of Kuniyoshi

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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 190 - Published: 2011 - Price: $48 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great little survey book on Yoshitoshi's complete works. Includes the Suikoden Heroes, mythical beasts, yokai and ghost imagery.....all in all a great little reference book.

 

Youkai Zukan (Monster Dictionary)

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Size: 7” x 10.5” - Pages: 183 - Published: 2002 - Price: $65 - Binding:  Hardcover w/cardboard sleeve

This book is called YOUKAI ZUKAN which means monster picture dictionary. This book is a collection of prints featuring bakemono - evil spirits, demons, and ghosts from Japanese folklore. The book is divided into 3 sections. The first is a comparison of two scrolls featuring images of the same demons. The images on the left page are from bakemono zukushi - an arrangement of 30 prints of monsters all done on one scroll now owned by Kagaya in Akita. The scroll's creator is believed to be Zushou Toba but this and the date it was created are unconfirmed. The right side features images of the same creatures as the left but presumably are an earlier rendition. This scroll (on the right) was done in 1737 by Takayuki, and is now owned by the Fukuoka Museum. It too features 30 images of bakemono and are renditions based on Hyaku Monogatari, a story game told round the fire during the Edo period (1600-1867) - traditional Japanese ghost stories featuring 100 obakemono (ghosts, demons, goblins or supernatural entities) that later became popular subject matter for some of the ukiyo-e (painters of the floating world) masters like Kuniyoshi and Kyosai. The second section is called bakemono emaki (monster scroll) and it features 22 full color demon images done on a scroll from the 1800's by another unknown artist. The scroll now belongs to the Kawasaki museum. The third section features 1 scroll from 1832 by Shigeru Oda. The scroll includes 58 monochrome images of monsters but these images are smaller and include the stories of the monsters (in Japanese). All in all it is an awesome compilation and a great book to add to any collection of ukiyo-e prints as well as make a great reference book for artists in need of gruesome and fantastically surreal Japanese apparitions. 

Bloody Prints in Ukiyo-e

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Size: 7” x 8” - Pages: 130 - Published: 2005 - Price: $42 - Binding:  Softcover

This is an amazing collection of bloody prints in Ukiyo-e from the masters - ie Kuniyoshi, Hokusai and Kyosai. A brilliant compilation full of evil spirits and blood lusty ghosts. Tons of illustrations based on creepy Japanese folklore and horror. The book includes full color illustrations in the first part, and outline/monochrome illustrations in the latter part. These prints are a lot more vivid in person and feature a smorgasboard of evil creatures and macabre imagery that would stand alone as brilliant tattoo art or work as inspiration for original designs! A great book to add to any collection of ukiyo-e prints as well as a great reference book for artists in need of gruesome and fantastically surreal Japanese apparations. Book reads right to left and text is in Japanese


RAD KUNIYOSHI EXHIBITION CATALOG - 2011

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Size: 9" x 11.5" - Pages: 346 - Published: 2011 - Price: $100 - Softcover

I love these exhibition catalogs!! This one is amazing. Nice large full color prints of so many of Kuniyoshi's works. Suikoden heroes, the humorous illustrations, the kabuki imagery, the ghosts and supernatural pieces. This book is cover to cover animals, warriors, monsters, yurei, bijin and best of all....all the chapter notes and plate labels are translated into English in the back. This is a must have.


Tanyu Survey Book
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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 92 - Published: 1998 - Price: $28 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great survey book on Japanese master artist Kano Tanyu. Tanyu's work tends to be in sepia tones, subtle. Great waves and swallows. A wonderful, sneaky weasel, many portraits.This is a great book to have around the shop. This book includes full color, full page prints on one side, with explanations on the other. Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.

Hasegawa Tohaku Collection

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Size: 8.5” x 11” - Pages: 176 - Published: 2010 - Price: $52 - Binding: Softcover

This is a cool little book on Kyoto's Hasegawa Tohaku. A painter known for minimalistic sumi-e Tohaku work includes some amazing landscapes. Brilliant rock and pines as well as the usual suspect...tigers, dragons and one of my favorite Daruma renditions. If you have combed thru Kyosai, Kuniyoshi, Hokusai and Yoshitoshi and are ready for a breath of something different then this should hit the spot.


 

Sharaku Survey Book

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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 92 - Published: 1997 - Price: $28 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great survey book on Japanese master artist Toshusai Sharaku. Sharaku is well known for his portraits, which offer great insight into old world Japan. Brilliant Samurai and Warrior Imagery. This book includes full color, full page prints on one side, with explanations on the other. Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.

 

Oni Scrolls (Oeyama)
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Size: 9” x 12”- Pages: 204 - Published: 2006 - Price: $275 - Binding: Hardcover w/cardboard sleeve

This is a beautiful book. It is of the Oeyama Picture Scrolls and it is reproduced here in hardback on thick high quality paper in amazing detail, cased in a cardboard sleeve....this one is for the collectors! Book reads right to left, Japanese style. Text is in Japanese while the scrolls are being documented, but is translated in English in the back, each scroll by section, bringing the story to life, as well as the amazing artwork. I was drawn to this one by the brilliant demons (or Oni, as they are called in Japanese). These scrolls are rife with them - one who even loses a head - blood everywhere. Grim for the time period! Great reference book for artists and for collectors of Japanese imagery.

Hoitsu Survey Book

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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 92 - Published: 1997 - Price: $28 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great survey book on Japanese master artist Sakai Hoitsu. Hoitsu does amazing flowers and trees, his cherry blossoms are gorgeous. He uses great colors brought out by gold leaf. This is a great reference book for anyone interested in Japanese art and imagery. This book includes full color, full page prints on one side, with explanations on the other. Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.

 

Shohaku Survey Book

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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 92 - Published: 1997 - Price: $28 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great survey book on Japanese master artist Soga Shohaku...his animal renditions are amazing and he has a depiction of my favorite, the Baku, who has the trunk of an elephant and body of a lion and is the eater of bad dreams. This is a great collection for anyone interested in traditional Japanese imagery and folklore and is full of full page renditions of the artists most stunning works. This book includes full color, full page prints on one side, with explanations on the other. Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.

 

Kuniyoshi Survey Book

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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 92 - Published: 1997 - Price: $28

This is a great survey book on Japanese master artist Utagawa Kuniyosi. Kuniyoshi is another one of my personal favorites, he does one of the most brilliant blues in ukiyo-e. His prints are busy, lots to see, great tattooed heroes and large oppressive monsters. His work is destined for nice large backpieces. This book includes full color, full page prints on one side, with explanations on the other. Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.

Jakuchu Survey Book

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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 92 - Published: 1997 - Price: $28 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great survey book on Japanese master artist Ito Jakuchu. Jakuchu's animals are my favorite....his phoenix and roosters are truly magnificent. Amazing. He also does brilliant sea creatures. His colors are earth tones brought to life by brilliant red accents - a sun or rooster crown. This is a great book to have around the shop. This book includes full color, full page prints on one side, with explanations on the other. Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.

Eitoku Survey Book
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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 92 - Published: 1997 - Price: $28 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great survey book on Japanese master artist Kano Eitoku. Eitoku does beautiful landscapes, brown and gray tones with lots of gold leaf and amazing trees. His images are soft and delicately detailed. A lot of food for thought in this collection. This book includes full color, full page prints on one side, with explanations on the other. Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.

Kyosai Survey Book

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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 92 - Published: 1997 - Price: $28 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great little survey book on Japanese master artist Kawanabe Kyosai. Kyosai is one of my personal favorites, his monsters are creepy and very original and his use of color is magnificent. He has an eerie edge in his work that whispers of unsettling malice. His beings are incredibly expressive, the humans farcical. This book includes full color, full page prints on one side, with explanations on the other. Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.

 

Sotatsu Survey Book

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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 92 - Published: 1997 - Price: $28 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great little survey book on Japanese master artist Tawaraya Sotatsu. His renditions of Raijin and Raiju (the Japanese Shinto gods of thunder and lightning) are probably the most famous. His imagery is powerful, lots of gold leaf and amazing waves. This book includes full color, full page prints on one side, with explanations on the other. Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.

 

Hokusai Survey Book


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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 92 - Published: 1998 - Price: $28 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great little survey book on Japanese master artist Katsushika Hokusai, one of my personal favorites. His 100 views of Mt. Fuji are his most famous images and are amazing. His Ghost story woodblocks are also incredibly compelling and detailed. They offer unique insight into the Japanese psyche - what they identify as horror. Hokusai does masterful animals and his botanical imagery is really pretty as well. This is a great introductory book to Hokusai, with a variety of prints that takes the full measure of the artist. This book includes full color, full page prints on one side, with explanations on the other. Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.

World of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi - RARE!

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Size: 8.5" x 12" - Pages: 178 - Published: 2010 - Price: $150 - Hardcover

This is the last volume in this highly collectable series featuring the illustrations of Yoshitoshi. A gorgeous hardcover with nice big full color illustrations rounded out with a spattering of sketches, this is a must have book for any fan of Yoshitoshi or collector of macabre ukiyo-e imagery.

 

 

 

Hokusai's 100 Ghosts

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 210 - Published: 2004 - Price: $68 - Binding: Hardcover

This book is the best compilation I've come across that is devoted solely to Hokusai's macabre prints and images. Put out by the same group that did, Yoshitoshi's 100 Demons, Kyosai's 100 Demons and Kuniyoshi's 100 demons (also available in the section), this book is incredibly well done. I'm pretty excited about it! It is called Hokusai Yokai Hyakkei (Hokusai's monsters 100 images). Hokusai is probably the most well known of the ukiyo-e "pictures of the floating world" artists...he did the Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (circa 1826-33). This book is divided into 4 sections Earth, Water, Fire and Wind. The first section...earth, contains full color, full page prints, The second section, water, contains monochrome images....full and quarter page, the third section, fire, contains half and quarter page tri-color images and sketches and the last section, wind, contains quarter page monochrome prints. It is a stunning book full of Japanese ghost, demons, oni, evil creatures and spirits.....a must have for anyone pursuing classic Japanese art and imagery.

Kuniyoshi's 100 Ghosts


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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 112 - Published: 2003 - Price: $68 - Binding: Hardcover

This books is really amazing. It is Kuniyoshi's 100 Apparitions, a book comprised of three scrolls of ghosts, heroes slaying demons, oni, evil spirits and dragons. The colors striking and his attention to detail is incredible - each print is a myriad of intense patterns and imagery. These prints are multi-layered and I find my eye drawn to something different each time I go through it. Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) is one of the forefathers of full color Ukiyo-e. He is renowned for his dynamic renditions of historical heroes and strong women. He approaches each work as a storyteller and as a result has created excellent prints in all ukiyo-e genres - beauties, heroes and the bakemono (monster) renditions. This book includes over 111 images, 109 of them large full color ones. The first section is a scroll called Kai - the mysterious/odd. The second part is a scroll called Mou - hallucunations, delusions and the third scroll is called Kyou - the amuse/enjoy oneself. The Sections are marked but please note all text is in Japanese.

Hokusai's Encyclopedia of Plant & Animal Sketches - OOP

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Size: 6” x 8” - Pages: 282 - Published: 1998 - Price: $85 - Binding: Softcover - used/good condition

Hokusai is probably the most well known of ukiyo-e "pictures of the floating world" artists. You know his stuff...he did the Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (circa 1826-33) - amazing waves..... This is a volume of his Aminals and Plants sketches - a brilliant traditional Japanese imagery reference book. Text in English and Japanese, B&W images including people, seals, weasels, dogs, cats, wild boar, rabbits, ox, cows, horses, (riders) Kappa (Japanese mythological creature), Japanese fox, bear, BRILLIANT FOO DOGS!!, rhinos, bats, monkeys, deer, fiery horse, elephants, dragons, tigers, raccoon dogs, mice, tapir, baboon, goat, squirrel, donkey, nightinggale, mandarin ducks, geese, cranes, pheasants, roosters, over 30 different birds, carp, eel, octopus, kingyo goldfish, shrimp, tons of different fish and waterlife, dragonflies, spiders, snakes, grasshoppers, butterflies, 48 pages of assorted plants and flowers including iris, chrysanthemum, lotus, water lily, gourd, wasabi, orchid, and cherry blossoms and ending in several pages of different waves and water formations. These images are all pulled from his artwork, they are strikingly Japanese and vary in size from 1/2" to 3". Images vary from simple line drawing to very detailed full page sketches. This is a must have for and Hokusai fan as well as anyone needing a great compilation of tradition Japanese rendering of flora and fauna for their own artistic endeavors.

THIS BOOK A MUST HAVE AND IS NOW OUT OF PRINT. I have a few used copies in stock but if I am out I will put you on the waiting list for a used copy. xo Gomineko

Yoshitoshi's Lunatic - 100 Stories about the Moon

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Size: 20cm x 26cm -Pages: 96 - Published: 2010 - Price: $45 - Softcover

This is new Tsukioka Yoshitoshi colection call Lunatic - 100 Stories About the Moon. It includes some of Yoshitoshi's more obscure woodblock prints and the titles are added in English as well which adds a little more clarity to the images. Prints are beautifully reproduced and are printed 1 or 2 to a page so it is easier to observe the small details. This is a great survey book of one of the masters of ukiyo-e.

Hiroshige Collection


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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 80 - Published: 2007 - Price: $45 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great survey book on the works of master ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige - a contemporary of Hokusai. Includes people, animals - great fish, koi, monkey, ducks, birds...a cool lobster - some of his geisha, plants, and some stunning landscapes. This is a great introduction to his work. He was inspired to become an Ukiyo-e artist by Hokusai's 36 veiws of Mt. Fuji (Hiroshige was a fireman by trade, like his father) and he made his mark in history with his own 56 Stations of the Tokaido - painting famous views along this long road that connects Edo (Tokyo) with Kyoto. Hiroshige is a personal favorite. I purchased a copy of the monkey when I first started collection Japanese art and it is amazing. Hiroshige uses bold blues to bring his pieces to life. His colors are striking and really draw the eye. His plants and animals are very detailed and quintessentially Japanese - making this a great reference book for artist interested in Japanese Imagery. Brilliant tattoo reference. Reads right to left, Japanese style and text is in Japanese.

 

Kano Kazunobu Exhibition Catalog - so good!!!


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Size: 10 " x 11.5" - Pages: 185 - Published: 2011 - Price: $175 - Flexicover

This book is awesome. It is the catalog from 500 Arhats exhibition here in Tokyo and it does a really good job outlining the 500 illustrations and doing close ups on some of the more poignant imagery. The exhibition itself was mindblowing, the paintings (all 500) were floor to ceiling and although the central imagery was compelling, it is all the supportive imagery in the background that is most impressive. Plates are titles in Japanese and English and the text is likewise in both languages making this a must have book for any Japanese imagery collection.

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Gekkou Manga - Traditional Japanese Sketchbook

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 112 - Published: 2006 - Price: $48 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great collection of Ukiyo-e master Ogata Gekkou that just came out last year. Gekkou was a painter and Ukiyo-e artists in the 1900's that was inspired by master Hokusai and even did his own 100 views of Mount Fuji. This book includes some brilliant landscape scenes, men and women performing daily tasks, and lots of great animals. It includes some good waves, oni (demons) ghosts and gods. Quite a few brilliant warrior images and some fish/insect sketches that are amazing. The book is 112 pages with 1-3 images per page. Images are monochrome. Includes images of houses, buildings, bridges, temples, mountains, tea sets,waves, rocks, people - workers, women, gods and samurai, assorted animals, trees, lots of great stuff.

Ito Jakuchu Museum Collection
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Size: 9.5” x 12” - Pages: 398 - Published: 2002 - Price: $470 - Binding: Hardcover w/box

This book is so badass - it was my Christmas present to myself! It is Ito Jakuchu's entire collection put out by the Kyoto National Museum. It is 200 pages of his paintings, with close up studies of some of the more popular prints - particularly the bird/water scenes. Jakuchu was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1715. He is a solitary figure in the history of Japanese painting, way ahead of his time his style decorative, elaborate and daring. He remained unknown until well after his death, when he was rediscovered in the late 19th century. This book is so thorough it comes with it's own catalog of information about each of the paintings. Insane.

Jakuchu's animals are a personal favorite....his phoenix and roosters in particular. His choice of color and attention to detail are both unique yet quintessentially Japanese. He brings subtle earth tones to life with brilliant red accents - a sun or rooster crown. His underwater scenes are equally stunning, darker yet with vivid details. His octopus is one of my favorite creatures of all times, look carefully, there is a little baby clutching on of his tentacles...awesome. This is a book for collectors. This book is appx. 9.5" x 12" and almost 400 pages. Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style. The print book is all imagery, very little text. The additional catalog is softcover, 150 pages and includes an introduction and list of the plates in English, as well as the Japanese explanations.

Kano Family Collection - Kyosai, Kano Hogai & Kano Kazunobu


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Size: 8.5” x 11” - Pages: 172 - Published: 2009 - Price: $52 - Binding: Softcover

This is a new publication of master Kano Hogai's work. I've had a lot of request for Hogai lately and was very pleased that this company put out a survey book because he is one of my favorites. A 19th Century Japanese Painter, Hogai is famous for his painted screens. Copuious amounts of gold leaf enhance his brilliantly crafted Japanese trees, birds, flowers, animals, landscapes and absolutely stunning buddhist gods and goddesses. This is a really cool book on one of my all time favorite Japanese illustrators. Reads left to right, Japanese style and all text is in Japanese.

 

Japanese Traditional Sumi-e Illustrations

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Size: 8.5” x 11” - Pages: 152 - Published: 2003 - Price: $52 - Binding: Softcover

This is a collection of Sumi-e Ink Paintings called HAKEN SUIBOKUGA (discovery ink drawing). The prints in this collection are monochrome - black or sepia tones. Some have faint color or color accents. Prints are very stunning, traditional Japanese scenes, many craggy mountains, plum blossoms and cranes, monkeys, dragons and tigers, gods and men, bamboo forests, carp and heron. Book is 152 pages and includes 135 pages of images, most full page or half page (they are nice and large). Book also includes a great pull out print of a man who holds an open bottle that has released a dragon. This is a great book. The sumi-e ink lines are great for creating base images for original artwork. This book would be great to have as an in-shop reference book, it would also make a welcome addition to a personal collection of Japanese art/print books.

Kuniyoshi's Suikoden in Outline - OOP

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Size: 10” x 14.5” - HUGE!! - Pages: 102 - Published: 2004 - Price: $280 - Binding: Softcover w/cardboard case


This is an insanely cool tattoo reference book called Kuniyoshi's Suikoden in Outline, put out by the Japan Tattoo Institute. This book is intense consisting of full page monochrome outlines of the warriors (Samurai) pulled directly from his Ukiyo-e. It includes a section in the back of the same images, smaller and in color, for additional reference. The attention to detail is insane, Kuniyoshi is a true master of Ukiyo-e art and a very popular source for Japanese tattoo motif. The names of the warriors are in English, the remaining text is minimal and in Japanese.

Neputa Paintings
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Size: 8.5” x 8.5” - Pages: 120 - Published: 2004 - Price: $48 - Binding: Softcover

This book was put out by Hirosaki University where the Neputa festival has been held for over 300 years. The paintings are done on huge lanterns which are set to float on the Sea of Japan to ward off disease and natural disasters. Themes include many warriors battling enemies and gods triumphing over demons and evil spirits. The colors are intense and brilliant. This is a great book for anyone interested in traditional Japanese art and culture, and as an artist's reference. It is a great source for anyone interested an a large traditional Japanese tattoo.The text is in Japanese but the book includes an introduction in english and the book is predominately illustrations.

Nagasawa Rosetsu Collection

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Size: 8.5” x 11” - Pages: 176 - Published: 2011 - Price: $52 - Binding: Softcover

This just came out and it is fantastic. Nagasawa Rosetsu was an 18th century (mid-Edo period) painter and his imagery is very compelling. He did some amazing dragons and a peacock that is just gorgeous! His animals are brought to life with subtle yet powerful colors, his sumi illustrations have energy and movement - I am very impressed with his work and am already hunting some alternate publications on his illustrations so stay tuned....

 

Hokusai Encyclopedia - ALL THE MANGA & SKETCHES

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Size: 6” x 9” - Pages: 932!! - Published: 2005 - Price: $180 - Binding: Hardcover


This is an AMAZING collection of artwork by Japanese master artist Katsushika Hokusai, one of my personal favorites. This is all 15 of the sketchbooks and Manga COMPLETE and bound in one encyclopedic volume! 932 pages of art - an invaluable reference book! This is all the animals, plants, men, women, gods, architecture, demons, objects - basically everything Hokusai saw in his life that he chronicled for future reference (little did he know how far into the future his material would be referenced!) These prints have been previously published individually both in paperback and hardback (the hardback volumes are now out of print), but this is the first time you can get them all in one go. This book is a monster! Text is in Japanese and book reads right to left, Japanese style.


Hokusai Kimono Book (great for line work) - OOP
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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 80 - Published: 2005 - Price: $52 - Binding: Softcover

This book is awesome. It is a collection of Hokusai prints - nice and big full color close ups of women in kimono. One of the best reference book I've come across for kimono robes and linework. Lost of close ups of the folds and a variety of positions. If you have the sketchbooks are are interested in how it all comes together than this is a good one for you. Very little text, predominately full page illustrations. It is softcover, 8.5" x 11.5" and 80 pages with nice, big illustrations on both sides. All in all a great, no nonsense reference book.

The Raddest Kyosai Book Ever - Out Of Print

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Size: 9.5" x 11" - Published: 2008 - Price: $120 - Softcover

This is the most AWESOME Kyosai collection ever. EVER. It is HUGE and thorough, with both sketches and full page illustrations. It is 315 pages with the index in the back translated into English. It includes pull outs, the ghost imagery, animal paintings, humor scrolls, buddhist imagery....everything, it is amazing. This is a must have for any collector of Japanese imagery and tattoo artists. This book was bought directly from the Kyosai museum.

Tohaku Survey Book

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Size: 5” x 8” - Pages: 94 - Published: 1997 - Price: $28 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great little survey book on Kyoto's Hasegawa Tohaku. A painter known for minimalistic sumi-e Tohaku work includes some amazing landscapes. Brilliant rock and pines as well as the usual suspect...tigers, dragons, cranes and some really awwsome waves and rockscapes. Great little reference book for some more obscure illustrations.

The Raddest Shohaku Book Ever (I love these museum catalogs!)

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Size: 9.5" x 11" -Pages: 405 - Published: 2005 - Price: $100 - Softcover

This is the most AWESOME Shohaku collection ever. EVER. (I do realize I just copied what I said about the Kyosai Book above, but it's true.) It is a nice big reference book, with the illustrations represented in their entirety as well as close ups on some of the more intricate details. It includes pull outs and many of the more obscure illustrations not found in the newer survey books. All text is in Japanese. This is a museum catalog purchased direct so stock is limited.

 

Kawanabe Kyosai Collection

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Size: 8.5” x 11” - Pages: 172 - Published: 2008 - Price: $52 - Binding: Softcover

A new publication of master Kawanabe Kyosai's work. If you can't afford to shell out over $300 for his Demons of Painting - this is the next best thing. Text is in Japanese but there are tons of high quality full color pages...plus it includes some great close ups of some of the smaller but no less intricate faces found in his work. Last but not least it features his entire scroll on the fart war - a whole village of people running around farting on each other, gathering butt dust in bags and chasing each other with it...women and children hiding under futon. Seriously hilarious. I saw it last year here in Tokyo at an exhibition on Humor in Japanese Art and have been looking for it in print ever since. They've finally published it in it's entirety. This book is seriously a gem. Tons of brilliant monsters, demons, oni, animals, ghosts, evil spirits, haunted women, sprites - all the creatures of Japanese legend are captured here. This is a really cool book. One of my new favorites.Kyosai was a student of Kuniyoshi and these two stand out among the painters from the floating world for their renditions of things strange, weird and frightening. Kyosai was an avid Sake drinker and an amazing storyteller, he enjoyed frightening his audiences and could always touch a nerve with his vivid imagination. He has been said to spare no canvas in his paintings, they are busy and multifaceted, the center object rarely being what captures the eye after the initial reaction of shock wears off. Hiding in the background are oni (Japanese mythological demons), ghosts, skeletons and blood hungry ghouls. (plus several things I can't identify). His artwork is brilliant for larger tattoo pieces. This will be one of those books you don't want to leave around the shop but pull out for your favorite customers, pieces you can truly get excited about. The book would also make a great addition to any ukiyo-e collection. Book reads left to right, Japanese style and all text is in Japanese.

Yoshitoshi's 100 Ghosts

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Size: 7” x 10” - Pages: 98 - Published: 2001 - Price: $68 - Binding: Hardcover

Taiso Yoshitoshi is the darling of modern Ukiyo-e collectors. Reviled for decades, he is now moving into the position of the top rank of Ukiyo-e artists. He studied under Kuniyoshi where he learned the skillful portrayal of warriors and historical subjects. He also gained Kuniyoshi's dramatic flair and abilities to create scenes of violent action. This book is a collection of Yoshitoshi's more macabre illustrations. Cover to cover demons, ghosts, monsters and evil doers, this book is a must have!!

 

Geijutsu Shincho - Kano Kazunobu

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Size: 8 ” x 11 ” - Pages: 168 - Published: 2011 - Price: $52 - Binding: Softcover

This issue of Geijutsu Shincho includes an amazing 70 page feature on Kano Kazunobu and anyone hunting Kano Hogai-esque imagery will definitely want to check it out. From the same art house as Kyosai and Hogai, Kazunobu's body of work is outstanding. He employs the same stunning color palate as Hogai but his illustrations are almost kaleidoscopic in detail. There is so much going on in each illustration, each becomes a story told from start to finish, amazing. Kazunobu's art heavily features Buddhist iconography but the support imagery is equally as compelling and his grasp and use of color is unparalleled. There are a few other articles in this issue of Geijutsu Shincho but they pale next to Kazunobu's article. Text is in Japanese. As there is so little available on this artists I highly suggest you add this one to your collections.

 

OOP Bloody Ukiyo-e in 1866 & 1988

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Size: 8 ” x 11.5 ” Pages: 73 - Published: 1988 - Price: $350 - Binding: Softcover

This book is a carnival of macabre imagery. Blood, guts, sinew, dangling eyeballs, displaced intestines, hags and heroes, this book dishes out punishments that only an intensly depraved mind would concoct. Includes illustrations from Yoshiiku, Yoshitoshi, Maruo and Hanawa. While the imagery within is compelling enough reason to pick this up, it also includes explanations of the pieces in both Japanese and English. So much Japanese Myth and Folklore! This book is worth it's weight, I've been in it all afternoon. I have 2 copies in stock and am hunting for more as we speak!

 

The Astonishing Work of Yoshitoshi Tsukioka

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Size: 5 ” x 8 ” Pages: 160 - Published: 2011 - Price: $48 - Binding: Softcover

This is a great new survey book of one of my favorites. Yoshitoshi is the darling of modern Ukiyo-e collectors. Reviled for decades, he is now moving into the position of the top rank of Ukiyo-e artists. He studied under Kuniyoshi where he learned the skillful portrayal of warriors and historical subjects. He also gained Kuniyoshi's dramatic flair and abilities to create scenes of violent action. Most of Yoshitoshi's early work strongly resembles that of his master, depicting subjects such as the 1866 Heroes of the Suikoden (50 in the series since his publsher did not wish to illustrate all 108 heroes). Toward the beginning of the Meiji Period , Yoshitoshi suffered a nervous breakdown and his output dropped completely between 1870-1873. His work after this crisis was very different. He was no longer drawing figures in the mannered, traditional way of Japanese art, but rather exploring new avenues, largely influenced by Western art. He retained drama and energy in his work, but infused the new pictures with dynamic color and psycological depth. His subject matter in this books is intense (and creepy), including torturing and torturous oni (demons), a myriad of demonic being and the samurai attempting to subdue them, suicidal maidens and creative ghosts. His work was summarily dismissed by critics until recently when noted scholar, John Stevenson, wrote his seminal texts on Yoshitoshi. He is now considered the last of the great Ukiyo-e masters and is sought by collectors and connoisseurs. This book brilliantly pulls from all stages of his career, the illustrations are full page and full color and on every page. There is very little text and what is there, is in Japanese.

 

Encyclopedia of Hokusai Sketches - MUST HAVE!!

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Size: 6 ” x 8 ” Pages: 625 - Published: 2011 - Price: $100 - Binding: Softcover

This is a must have for every tattooer, you will use it and it will pay for itself tenfold. . All the Hokusai Sketches in one volume... previously published in a 2 book set (plants and animals & men and women) you can now get over 600 pages of reference in one go. Hokusai's animal sketches are one of, if not the, most referenced images for purveyors of Japanese tattoos. If you are studying Japanese wabori or well on your way to mastering this genre of tattooing, this book will be of great assistance. So much reference material it's unreal.

 

Hokusai's Encyclopedia of Men and Women Sketches

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Size: 6” x 8” - Pages: 302 - Published: 1999 - Price: $50 - Binding: Softcover

This is the second volume in this 2 volume set and features men and women in a variety of daily tasks. Hokusai is one of the most famous ukiyo-e artists "pictures of the floating world", you know his stuff...he did the Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (circa 1826-33). This volume is softcover, appx. 6"x8" and 302 pages, average 4 images per page. Text in English and Japanese, the images within are monochrome sketches of warriors, shinto and buddhist priests, bijin and the geisha from the floating world all depicted in daily life activities....working, drawing, dancing, fighting, drinking and eating to name but a few. There are numerous depictions of spirits, ghosts, gouls, oni, demons and dragon up to mischief and being fought back by scowling heros. There are portraits of historical figures as well as depictions of buddhist gods and glorious beings. There are images of classic Japanese harvest and tea ceremonies as well as comic depictions of men and women playing around making faces and performing drunken acrobatics. This is a great resource collection with over 400 images pulled from his artwork, they are strikingly Japanese and vary in size from .5" to 3". Images vary from simple line drawing to very detailed full page sketches. This is a must have for any Hokusai fan as well as anyone needing a great compilation of tradition renditions of Japanese men and women for their own artistic endeavors.

Kawanabe Kyosui Collection (LIMITED STOCK)

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Size: 8.5 ” x 11.5 ” - Pages: 40 - Published: 1990 - Price: $42 - Softcover

This is a collection on Kyosui Kawanabe, Kyosai's daughter, who was heavily influenced by him although nowhere near as prolific. This collection includes both color and monochrome plates an features both sketches and fully rendered illustrations. Images are generally 3-4 per page.

100 Views of Mt. Fuji - Hokusai sketchbook
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Size: 7” x 10” -Pages: 104 -Published: 2001 -Price: $48 - Binding: Softcover

This book is a great find for Hokusai collectors interested in traditional Japanese imagery...It is 100 Views of Mt. Fuji, his most famous collection of ehon. It includes full page sketches, no thumbnails in this one, and features, of course, Mt. Fuji, some great waves and land formations, and many images of people going about daily tasks. Animals, bamboo forests, temples, villages and the like dotted throughout. Images are monochrome except for the first 15 pages which are done on glossy paper and are in color, but faint sepia tones.

 

Ekin Survey Book - OOP (LIMITED STOCK)

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Size: 6.5 ” x 6.5 ” - Pages: 111 - Published: 1999 - Price: $42 - Softcover

This is a great introductory book to Ekin - it includes paintings, sketches, screens, signage, and photos of his work in his hometown. Ekin's illustrations are incredibly grim and his works are displayed throughout his hometown annually in a festuval held at night, where his macabre imagery glows in dim light up and down the village promenade. Very cool.

 

Machida City Museum of Graphic Art's Yoshitoshi Collection

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Size: 7”x10 ” - Pages: 148 - Published: 2012 - Price: $58 - Softcover

This is an awesome collection on Yoshitoshi's bloody Ukiyo-e prints and the best paperback one in stock for the money. The images are nice an d big - one per page....tons of bloody warriors, namakubi (severed heads) battle scenes and gore. Yoshitoshi was definitely at the forefront of macabre woodblock illustration.

Hokusai Manga Box Set - 3 book box set

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Size: 6 ” x 6.5 ” - Pages: 1044 - Published: 2011 - Price: $100 - Softcover

 

This is awesome. Over 1000 pages of Hokusai sketches on 3 volumes. The set is small so easy to take to conventions - imagine having the entire Hokusai manga set right on hand when you travel. If you do Japanese inspired tattoos pick this up....you'll use it daily!

 

 

Rad New Yoshitoshi Collection

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Size: 8.5” x 11” - Pages: 192 - Published: 2012 - Price: $52 - Binding: Softcover

 

This is such an great collection of Yoshitoshi illustrations! Nice big pages, featuring bijin to bloody prints and some amazing sketches as well. If you are after a good survey book on Yoshitoshi I recommend this one!

 

 

Yoshitoshi Exhibition Catalog - Limited Stock!

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Size: 9” x 11.5” - Pages: 216 - Published: 2012 - Price: $85 - Binding: Softcover

Yoshitoshi seems to be all the rage right now with the publishing houses and there are so many great collections of his work available but this exhibition catalog tops pretty much all of them. With some amazing sketched and more than one ukiyo-e I haven't seen it is a must have for any Yoshitoshi fan. I got 10 from the show and will grab what they have left after it closes but doubt that will be a large amount of inventory so act fast. Text is in Japanese and images range from full page to 4-6 per page. Heaps more photos than text. If you order and I am out of stock you will be notified by email and put on our waiting list. xo Gomineko

 

Hokusai Illustrations Book - OOP


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Size: 8.5” x 11.5” - Pages: 78 - Published: 2005 - Price: $65 - Binding: Softcover

This is another great survey book on Japanese master artist Katsushika Hokusai. It features nice, big detailed prints including landscapes, waves, animals, birds and monster imagery.

This book is out of print, I have a few mint copies in stock.

 

Hokusai & Kyosai Humorous Ukiyo-e Exhibition Catalog - LMT

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Size: 6” x 8” - Pages: 320 - Published: 2013 - Price: $60 - Binding: Softcover

This is a GREAT little collection of Hokusai sketches and full color illustrations as well as Kyosai sketches and artwork. Predominately sketches and definitely some old favorites, but the Kyosai sketches make this book a great addition to any and all Japanese art collections. They only made 1000 copies and it will sell out fast. I got 200 and once I am out, that's it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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