The revered Iron Chef shows how to make flavorful, exciting traditional Japanese meals at home in this beautiful cookbook that is sure to become a classic, featuring a carefully curated selection of fantastic recipes and more than 150 color photos. Japanese cuisine has an intimidating reputation that has convinced most home cooks that its beloved preparations are best left to the experts. But legendary chef Masaharu Morimoto, owner of the wildly popular Morimoto restaurants, is here to change that. In […]
For her series All About Girls and Tigers, Japanese artist Leiko Ikemura (born 1951) selected 11 objects from the Cologne Museum’s collection of classical Japanese art to represent in her paintings. This series illustrates Ikemura’s interest in the boundaries between Western and Japanese art.
Satoshi Kon’s: Opus Satoshi Kon was an anime director and mangaka from Kushiro. Hokkaido. Japan He was well-known for his work on Perfect Blue. Millennium Actress. Tokyo Godfathers. and Paprika Sadly. Kon. passed away on August 24. 2010. after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. he is remembered by all who loved his works. The plot is full of portal-to-another-world metafiction and centered on its own sense of being self-referencing. You can feel that the protagonist is Kon himself, and […]
In this manga, acclaimed cartoonist Asano tells a complex, oblique tale about how an tense atmosphere, symbolized by proliferating butterflies, lead schoolchildren to “sacrifice” a fellow student, and how that act impacts various characters across two timelines. Fantagraphics is proud to welcome the great Inio Asano (Solanin, What a Wonderful World!) to its acclaimed literary manga line. Even as butterflies ominously proliferate in town, the rumor of a mysterious creature lurking in the tunnel behind the school spreads among the children. […]
A master cartoonist and war vet details Japan’s involvement in World War II Showa 1939–1944: A History of Japan continues the award-winning author Shigeru Mizuki’s autobiographical and historical account of Showa-era Japan. This volume covers the final moments of the lead-up to World War II and the first few years of the Pacific War, and is a chilling reminder of the harshness of life in Japan during this highly militarized epoch. Mizuki writes affectingly about the impact on the Japanese populace of […]
Dondoro is a photographic work born from the collaboration between Estelle Hanania and the famous Japanese puppet master Hoichi Okamoto. Enigmatic creator who lived alone in the Japanese countryside near Nagano, he created hundreds of puppets for his own performances. He archived all his puppets since the late 1970s. When Hoichi Okamoto used to slip behind one of its human-sized puppets to animate it, a confused game began between the master, the puppet and the photographer. As usual with Estelle […]
New edition of the masterpiece by Italian creator Saverio Tenuta, offered here in its original European edition size, and presented in a limited and numbered printing of 500 copies. This deluxe edition also features an artist sketchbook section. Follow the journey of the amnesic ronin Raido in a medieval Japan, where spirits still exert their magic on the land.
Winner of the Japan Mystery Writers Award, Naoko is a black comedy of hidden minds and lives. Navigating the interstices between the real and the unreal with perfect plot twists, this page-turner is also a critique of gender relations by a male Japanese writer, one of their best-sellng. An everyman, Heisuke works hard at a factory job to provide for his wife, Naoko, and young daughter, Monami. He takes pleasure from the small things, like breakfast with both of them after […]
A masterpiece of horror manga, now available in a deluxe hardcover edition! Kurôzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in everything from seashells and whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people’s bodies, the insane […]
This collection of four stories by Japan’s number one writer of erotic fiction, Oniroku Dan, will bring a smile to the face of even the most seasoned veteran of shock with its magisterial description of sadomasochistic bondage domination. The steamy, loosely autobiographical stories touch upon Dan’s favorite aspect of the culture, namely humiliation, and all its attendant emotions. In the titular “Season of Infidelity” he divulges the disturbing, titillating details that led to a break-up with his wife. In “Pretty […]
While woven bamboo containers have been common in Asia for thousands of years, it is only in the past 150 years that basketry has become widely regarded as an art form. This stunning book celebrates contemporary Japanese bamboo masters whose breathtakingly beautiful and imaginative new works are changing the definition of basketry. Focusing on contemporary bamboo artists working in sculptural forms, the book is based on recent interviews and critical analysis. In his compelling and accessible text, Joe Earle argues […]
NonNonBa The first English translation of Mizuki’s best-loved work NonNonBa is the definitive work by acclaimed Gekiga-ka Shigeru Mizuki, a poetic memoir detailing his interest in yokai (spirit monsters). Mizuki’s childhood experiences with yokaiinfluenced the course of his life and oeuvre; he is now known as the forefather of yokai manga. His spring 2011 book, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, was featured on PRI’s The World, where Marco Werman scored a coveted interview with one of the most famous visual artists working in Japan today. Within the pages of NonNonBa, […]
It is the year Universal Century 0079, in a space colony the Earth Federation is storing and testing a new piloted robot for use in the battle against the Principality of Zeon. The experimental RX-78 Gundam mobile suit is scheduled to be transported to Federation command in Jaburo, deep within the Brazilian jungles. Unfortunatley, before the transporter would arrive, the Federation would come under attack from Zeon. With few resources available against the Zeon’s most mobile mechs, Federation forces strike […]
Amidst the chaos of World War II, two Japanese soldiers hear of Zephyrus, an utterly captivating woman rumored to exist on an island in the South Pacific. The tales of this bold enchantress seducing men to their dooms are both chilling and fascinating. Over twenty years pass, and Zephyrus resurfaces in Japan, seemingly unchanged, to wield her mysterious power over men once more.The one man immune to Zephyrus’ charms is simple drunkard, Gohonmatsu Seki, son of one of the wartime […]
Expert swordsman Kanemi Sanzaemon is, first and foremost, a man of principle. In order to save his clan from the corrupting influence of his lord’s favorite concubine, he publicly assassinates her, fully expecting it will result in his own death by seppuku. Instead, he is sentenced to solitary confinement for an entire year, and then released under one inexplicable condition: he must now serve as the lord’s bodyguard. This thrilling, masterfully stylized tale of honor, intrigue and betrayal culminates in […]