Handmade in Japan: The Pursuit of Perfection in Traditional Crafts

In an era where global interest in handmade, small-batch products is heightening as a response to mass production, Handmade in Japan takes a look inside the workshops of the country’s artisans, revealing their endless pursuit of excellence, and what it means to dedicate one’s life to the stewardship of irreplaceable cultural heritage. From hand-painted kimono dyeing to wooden trays carving, meet the craftspeople of Japan's diverse regions and gain unique insights into their traditions and how they work.

Release date: March 2020
Format: 225 × 290 mm
Features: Full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 320 pages
Typeface: Cardinal by Yoann Minet, Jean-Baptiste Leveé and Quentin Schmerber (Production Type); Futura PT by Paul Renner and Vladimir Yefimov (Paratype); and Yu Mincho Pr6N by Toriumi Osamu (Jikukobo)
Language versions: English and German

Design, layout and cover by Ilona Samcewicz-Parham
Edited by Robert Klanten and Lincoln Dexter
Co-edited by Irwin Wong
Photo editorial by Mario Udzenija and Valentina Marinai
Editorial management by Adam Jackman
Published by gestalten, Berlin 2020
Printed by Gutenberg Behufs Feindruckerei GmbH, Langenhagen