Books by Shelia Hamanaka

Released: March 1, 1999

PLB 0-688-14608-2 With sustained reverence, Hamanaka (Bebop-A-Do-Walk!, 1995, etc.) and Ohmi present portraits of six artists who are among Japan's "Living National Treasures," for perpetuating traditions that seemed to erode after WWII. The introduction states that "over one hundred men and women" hold the honored title; these profiles of six men—a yuzen dyer (or kimono artist), bamboo weaver, puppet master, sword maker, Noh actor, and potter—are fascinating. Readers will be amazed to learn that most of the artists had to break with the traditions of their families to preserve the traditions of their culture. Firsthand interviews, the history of these arts, and the details about the workmanship pepper the text while the elegant design complements the well-organized information, full-color photographs, and drawings of some of the processes involved. More than simply the stories of six men and their painstaking dedication, this book is a unique meditation on Japanese history and culture. (Nonfiction. 6-10) Read full book review >