Nancy Moore Bess's book "Bamboo in Japan" is an amazing and high quality publication.
Artist and writer Nancy Moore Bess set out to discover just how bamboo-crafted objects attained such heights in Japan. Her travels took her throughout the country and through centuries of accumulated artifacts. After five years of dedicated research and study, she has assembled an unparalleled collection of writings and photographs that uncover the hidden beauty of bamboo....
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Some reviews of Bamboo in Japan in The Japan Times "... stunning graphics, photographs and comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the big grass. Recommended." --Bill Surface, Kansai Time Out "Text and photos are combined in one of the best-designed books of the year." --Donald Richie, The Japan Times "It's beautifully produced, astoundingly comprehensive, and obviously a labor of love." --Pat Malarcher, Editor of Surface Design Journal