Otafuku, Joy of Japan

Otafuku, Joy of Japan


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Otafuku, a mythic figure and symbol of fertility, generosity, and success, appears on dishes, textiles, packaging, and in the art of Japan. With approximately 100 color photos of these objects, Katoh describes the figure also known as Okame, her roots, specific representations and artists depicting her, and her meaning. The Japanese way of living is shared, along with recipes, proverbs, and the author's experiences collecting pieces. Included is a catalog of several pieces and contact information. The text is in English and Japanese. There is no index. Katoh is the author of other books on Japan and a resident of the country. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Tuttle Pub
Anywhere you go in Japan you are likely to encounter the plump, smiling image of Otafuku. Author Amy Sylvester Katoh traces the roots and folk beginnings of this mythic figure, showing Otafuku's many delightful identities, and providing a magical glimpse into this charming character who has become a national icon. With a mixture of poems, photographs, anecdotes, and stories, she presents a veritable treasure chest of surprises that is sure to enchant readers.
"Collectors of Otafuku figures and images will appreciate Katoh's devotion. Anyone interested in Japanese culture will benefit from this friendly presentation of a cultural icon." -Antiques and The Arts Weekly

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Tuttle Pub., 2005
ISBN: 9784805307076
Characteristics: 192 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Satō, Yutaka


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