JapaneseLondon.com’s Vanessa picks the top 4 must-read books for Japanophiles based in the UK!
A Guide to Japanese Art Collections in the UK by Gregory Irvine – Did you know you can find amazing examples of Japanese art all around the UK, not just in London?
This book, published in 2004, is comprehensive guide to some 180 important public collections Japanese art in the UK. Written by a Senior Curator of Asian Art at the V&A museum, this book may not be recent, but it is still a great find.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley – Beguiling, elegant historical novel released in 2015, written by a Daiwa scholar on her year in Japan. Set in 1884, in London & Japan, the story offers fascinating reference to the Japanese show village in the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, as well as the social impact of westernisation in Japan. I loved the accurate details of life at this time, with a whimsical sprinkling of a kind of steampunk magic-realism.
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