Learn About Japanese Culture With These Fun Books from Tuttle
I love learning about different cultures and Japan is a country that I’m especially interested in. In this post I have a collection of fun books from Tuttle Publishing and they are all about Japan but are all quite different from each other!
This is a stunning colouring book with elegant woodblock prints of beautiful Japanese women. The book features 22 illustrations of women in different situations and the selection of prints vary in complexity and style. You can tear each page out at the perforation which makes colouring and framing easier. You also get a copy of the original opposite the blank one in case you want to use it for reference and you also get an introduction to the context or the artist for each print. I really love this aspect! I’ve been reading these as my daughters have been colouring in the prints.
This is a fun and impressive sushi book that shows how to create sushi that looks just as amazing as it tastes. The book contains the basics — how to sushi rice, ingredients and garnishes and how to roll and press sushi, as well as 85 designs of varying difficulty level. Complete with detailed colour photos and step-by-step guides.
This is a great introduction to Japan and Japanese culture! The book is full of original drawings as well as the Japanese script for key words and phrases. It’s a really fun book to flick through and look at and I find that the illustrations really help you understand and remember things. It’s very entertaining and charming!
- Etiquette Guide to Japan $10.95
This is the culture and manners guide for people who prefer a bit more text. This is a new and updated version of the best-selling Japanese etiquette guide that will ensure you know everything you need to know before visiting Japan whether it’s for a holiday or business. There’s also a glossary at the back of the book.
This is a very cool graphic Japan travel guide that explores Japanese culture from a cartoonist’s perspective. It’s very modern and manga-like and explores everything from food, shopping to things to do as well as the geek and manga culture of Japan.
This book is by the same people as the one about but specifically about Tokyo! Find out what goes on in Tokyo — where to each and shop and visit with your family. It also covers comic conventions and vintage manga stores — perfect for the manga and anime fan.
This is another illustrated book about Tokyo by a young graphic artist who spent six months exploring Tokyo. Each day he got his pencils and a sketchpad and visited a different neighbourhood and the result was this book. You’ll find all kinds of characters and areas in this interesting and very personal book.
Books provided for this feature. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.