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A Year in Japan

When my man went off to Miami for a conference, he brought me back this great book -
"A Year in Japan" by Kate T. Williamson. It's a journal of Willamson's year in Japan, accompanied by beautiful watercolour sketches. Japanophile that I am, I can't believe that I had never heard of this book - I absolutely love it! Not only are the drawings lovely, but she shares so many wonderful and quirky observations about Japan. She really reminded me of things I admire about Japanese culture, their attention to detail, and how the little things count. She talks about how there are shops devoted to beautiful patterned washcloths. I like the idea that something as simple as a washcloth can bring joy and beauty into your everyday life.

Highly recommended!

5 comments:

Marieke said...

I have it too. It's great and really wishes me to go to the land of designer handtowels and moonwatching platforms (and stamps! Stamps everywhere).

Veronica TM said...

Thanks for the recommendation! The book looks fantastic!

Trudi said...

It is very good, right up my alley. I am jealous that someone got the chance to go to Japan and write it before I did!

LALA dex press said...

I have just now discovered your blog (through a link on Treats + Treasures) and I am thrilled to find another book binder! I also started out wanting to only write about book binding + letterpress printing (my 2 crafts) but also find that sometimes I have other things to say, not wanting to be too self indulgent. I have not even begun to get into the HTML for my banner, kinda worried about mucking things up. Anyway~ your books are beautiful! ~Shona

ellia said...

ohhh how sweet of him! and yes, i think the book looks wonderful!!! hope all is well with you!