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Format: Limited edition of 500 copies, soft cover, 257pp, 104 original diagrams and drawings of the mechanical devices made in Edo period.
Language: English
Publisher: Author
Pub. Date: September 2012
ISBN: 978-4-9906228-0-0
Price: 12,000 yen plus shipping charge

“Japanese Automata” is the book introducing the mechanical devices called karakuri which were flourished in Edo period (1603-1867) Japan. The contents of the book are consisted with the introduction to explain the history of karakuri and the whole translation and annotation of the unique book “Karakuri Zui” published in 1796. Karakuri Zui reported the mechanism and the way to making some Japanese clocks and various mechanical toys at the time. Sample pages of the book are shown here and the book could be bought from [ E-mail].

Murakami Kazuo (MURAKAMI, Mr. Kazuo) A Kyoto based Japanese journalist and writer who has been researching and writing articles on the development of old mechanical devices in Japan and the West for many years. He has been published in Japanese publications as well as US and British hobby magazines.

  • Oxford University

  • London University

  • Harvard-Yenching Institute

  • Deutsche National Bibliothek (Berlin)

  • Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris

  • International House of Japan (Tokyo)

  • Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai (Osaka)

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