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Japanese Accents in Western Interiors Paperback – October 15, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Japan Publications Trading (October 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870409883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870409882
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,515,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A beautiful book, excellently and lovingly made and appropriately priced. What a perfect gift for so many friends round the world, especially when there exists a deep and growing interest in the flavor of Japanese decor throughout the West... Certainly the decorating book you need to make Japan a part of your life in a way that is both a pleasure to view and a joy to live with. A thoroughly recommended addition to any Japanophile's bookshelf." -- Journal of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, March 1988

"Even if you're not an art lover, you will surely be fascinated by creative Westerners' ideas applied to Japan's treasures, often made out of bamboo, clay, paper and other humble indigenous materials...It not only serves as a guide for shopping but is also meant as an overview of Japanese culture." -- Japanese Economic Journal, October 29, 1988

"Japanese Accents in Western Interiors has been a surprise best seller for a book of its type both across the Pacific and in Japan. It has created a surge of interest among Japanese who are more used to thinking of their cultural heritage as simply old-fashioned, and who are startled to find foreigners more appreciative than themselves." -- Asia Magazine, Hong Kong

"One of the main benefits of the book, along with its excellent photography, is the way in which it demonstrates just how one can incorporate Japanese items into a Western homes without any major clash of culture or utility." -- Daily Yomiuri, June 5, 1988

"To me, the whole point of reading about design is to derive inspiration from new ideas, and if you share that perspective, I can heartily recommend a book that's filled with unusual but still practical solutions." -- The Palm Beach Post, April 8, 1990

"With sales in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, the book has proved to be one of the 73-year-old Tokyo publisher's most successful English language books to date." -- The Japan Times, May 28, 1989

Rao and Mahoney were surprised to discover that their book, first published in Japan and intended as a general background to help the many foreigners transferred to Japan...was a hit among the Japanese themselves. Although the book concentrates on Japanese artifacts, the ideas would apply to any ethnic designs." -- New York Daily News, October 13, 1988

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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
Book contains abundant pictures with full descriptions of items and history. Also contains excellent resource section for U.S. and Japan. Terrific book for anyone interested in Japanese style interior design
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We have an interest in Japanese bric-a-brac, antiques and fabrics. This book has an interesting, stimulating and thoughtful approach to the display of Japanese items within a western home. Our eyes were opened to new ways of displaying traditional items within a modern western home.
A very worthwhile purchase for individuals interested in a cross-cultural approach to interior design.
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I was redecorating my living room in a Japanese style. This book gave me some good tips on how to go forward with that style.
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By Marc Meyer, Jr. on August 15, 2012
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Great photography and interesting style. The Japanese influence and design elements add to a very good book for my collection
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Molineaux on March 10, 2006
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Nice ideas for using Japanese art and furniture.
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