Toshiba Gallery: Japanese Art and Design by Joe Earle
First published in 1986, Japanese Art and Design has established itself as the seminal introduction to Japanese artifacts. The text, which is clear and informative, covers 16 areas including Buddhist images, Tea ceramics, Netsuke, Dress and Woodblock prints. Objects are set in their social context - why they were made and for whom they were made are questions addressed by the authors. Heavily illustrated, mainly with full page plates.