In Search of the Spirit: The Living National Treasures of Japan

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Morrow Junior Books, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 48 pages
After World War II the Japanese government designated as Living National Treasures men and women who had devoted their lives to traditional Japanese crafts and performing arts.For this superlative book the authors visited six of these extraordinary artists, then blended a brief, illuminating text with color photographs, calligraphy, and illustrated sections to convey the essence of each art form. Readers will visit backstage at a Bunraku puppet theater, learn how the famous Japanese swords are made, and much more!

2000 Notable Children's Books (ALA), Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2000, and National Council for SS & Child. Book Council, Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2000, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council

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IN SEARCH OF THE SPIRIT: The Living National Treasures of Japan

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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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - h_clark - LibraryThing

This is a very interesting book with a lot of detail about the crafts and arts of Japan. I loved the photographs and detailed information about how to make the craft or do the performance that came after each description. Read full review


Who Are the Living National Treasures?
Yoshida Minosuke
Sumitani Masamine

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About the author (1999)

Sheila Hamanaka is an award-winning fine artist whose work has also appeared in Scholastic magazines as well as in Permanent Connections by Sue Ellen Bridgers and Barbara Campbell's Taking Care of Yoki. Ms. Hamanaka lives in Tappan, New York.

Ohmi is an art teacher and sculptor.

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