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Japanese Notebooks: A Journey to the Empire of Signs (Hardback)
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Japanese Notebooks: A Journey to the Empire of Signs (Hardback)

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Hardback 184 Pages / Published: 02/05/2017
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Japan is a place of special fascination for the acclaimed international comics creator Igort, who has visited and lived there more than 20 times and worked in the country's manga industry for more than a decade. In this masterful new book-part graphic memoir, part cultural meditation-Igort vividly recounts his personal experiences in Japan, creating comics amid the activities of everyday life and finding inspiration everywhere: in nature, history, custom, art and encounters with creators including animation visionary Hayao Miyazaki. With beautifully illustrated reflections on subjects from printmaking to Zen Buddhism, imperial history to the samurai code, Japanese film, literature and manga, this is a richly rewarding book for anyone interested in Japan or comic arts practiced at the highest level.

Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452158709
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 800 g
Dimensions: 246 x 187 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
" This is a dense and digressive book. Short, but scholarly musings on Japan's strict class system and the everpresent iconography of the chrysanthemum sit comfortably alongside tributes to pop-culture icons such as Isao Takahata, Hayao Miyazaki, Shigeru Mizuki and Seijun Suzuki - all rendered in a flexible style that is part comics, part illustrated essay." * SciFiNow Magazine *
"His self-portrait takes the form of a series of notebooks; there is an unfinished quality to them that enhances the intimacy of the reading experience, and the muted tones he uses for the colour reproductions make you feel as if you're looking back in time." -- The Times Literary Supplement

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