This book touches on many facets of Japanese art, reflecting indigenous religions, folk beliefs, and remarkable methods and materials used through the ages. Here we have a treasure trove of animal symbolism, myths, and facts, explained in a lively and comprehensive manner, and accompanied by excellent photography. For all Japan lovers, the intriguing animal theme can be an inspiration to collect appealing animals, interesting techniques, and unusual materials.
The contents are divided as follows: Mythical Animals; Wild Animals; Domestic Animals, Birds; Fish and Marine Life; Reptiles and Amphibians; and Insects.
This book is a hardcover publication and has a total of 111 pages, beautiful color photographs, and includes a quick review of Japanese periods in history in the front of the book. The book is new, spine unbroken and in its original shrink wrap.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection