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Welcome to the Beautiful Book Boutique. AbeBooks has millions of books, many of which are rare books, collectable books, antiquarian books or unique books. They range in subject from religious volumes and bibles to cookbooks and science fiction. And every day, thousands of books sell and thousands more are added from booksellers all over the world.

This time around our feature showcases beautiful, Japan-themed books. When we think of Japan in terms of design and motif, we think of cherry blossoms, Mount Fuji, fans, lanterns, the rising sun, chrysanthemums, geishas and more, all of which makes for some very pretty art.

The Japanese are world-famous for simple, elegant, practical and graceful design, and those elements are reflected nowhere more strongly than in the covers of old books about Japan, or by Japanese authors.

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25 Beautiful Japan-Themed Books

Japan and Its Art by Marcus B. Huish
Japan and Its Art
Marcus B. Huish


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Title in Japanese: Yojihen by Keisuke Ito
Keisuke Ito


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Pocket Guide to Japan. With Special Reference to Japanese Customs, History, Industry, Education, Art, Accomplishments, Amusements, etc.
Pocket Guide to Japan
Japanese Govt.


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One Hundred Chrysanthemums by Keika Hasagawa
One Hundred Chrysanthemums
Keika Hasagawa


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Netsukes by Albert Brockhous
Albert Brockhous


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Feudal and Modern Japan by Arthur May Knapp
Feudal and Modern Japan
Arthur May Knapp


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Hell Screen (Jigoku Hen) by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Hell Screen
Ryunosuke Akutagawa


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