A book to dazzle you with the incredible inventiveness of the diversity of Japanese folk toys. Known since antiquity as fetishes and fertility bringers, they are invested with every virtue dear to the heart of mankind. From north to south, each region reflects its unique characteristics, mirrors myths and materials in the typical toys and colorful artifacts intended to tempt the passing pilgrim or traveler. All have a personal history rooted in fact or fantasy, but their most meaningful message is silent, one contained in the omiyage, the memento of a journey, however small.
Published by Shufunotomo Co., Ltd, 1st Edition, 1992, 152 pages in full color and English. Book Condition: New and in flawless Excellent condition with its original dust jacket and shrink wrap. Dimensions: 8.75” x 0.5” x 11-0”
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