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BIBLIOGRAPHY

LEARN MORE
To learn more about any particular deity, visit that deity’s page, scroll to the bottom of that page, and find the “Learn More” section for targeted links and resources.

arrow JAPANESE BOOKS arrow
RESOURCES ON JAPANESE BUDDHISM
The books & magazines below are highly recommended.

Handbook on Viewing Buddhist Statues

Handbook on
Viewing Buddhist Statues

A wonderful book. Some images at this site were scanned from this book; Japanese language only; 192 pages; 80 or so color photos. By author Ishii Ayako. Click here to buy book at Amazon. ISBN 4-262-15695-8

Comprehensive Dictionary of Japan's National Treasures

Comprehensive Dictionary of Japan's National Treasures

Comprehensive Dictionary
of Japan's National Treasures


Published by Kodansha Ltd. 1985
404 pages, hardcover, over 300 photos, mostly color, many full-page spreads.

Japanese Language Only.
One of my favorite resources.

ISBN 4-06-187822-0

The Concise History of Japanese Buddhist Sculpture

The Concise History of Japanese Buddhist Sculpture

The Concise History
of Japanese Buddhist Sculpture


2001, Bijutu Shuppan-sha
ISBN 4-568-40061-9

220 pages, Japanese language
200 color photos (approx.)

Some photos at this site were scanned from this book.

The Hidden Buddha of Japan

The Hidden Buddha of Japan

The Hidden Buddha of Japan

2002, Corono Books
ISBN 4-582-63395-1

121 pages
Japanese language only
Over 40 color photos

Some photos at this site were scanned from this book.

How to View Buddhist Statues - Serai Pocket Series

How to View Buddhist Statues: As if Wearing Glasses

How to View Buddhist Statues:
As if Wearing Glasses


2002, Published by Shogakukan
Serai Pocket Series
ISBN 4093435014

160 Pages, Japanese Language Only; Over 80 color photos. Some photos at this site were scanned from this book.

Sanjusan Gendo no Omokage; The Face of Sanjusan Gendo

Sanjusan Gendo no Omokage - The Face of Sanjusan Gendo

Sanjusan Gendo no Omokage
The Face of Sanjusan Gendo


Temple Catalog
Published 1997

60 pages
36 color & 28 B&W photos
Japanese Language Only

HASE DERA in Kamakura; 33 Manifestations of Kannon

33 Manifestations of Kannon and Other Temple Treasures at Hase Dera in Kamakura

33 Manifestations of Kannon
and Other Temple Treasures


Temple Catalog, 44 pages

60 photos (58 B&W, 2 color)
Japanese Language Only
Published 1998

TEL: (81) 467-22-0753

Bosatsu on Clouds, Byodo-in Temple

Bosatsu on Clouds, Byodo-in Temple

Bosatsu on Clouds
Byodo-in Temple


Catalog, May 2000
Published by Byodoin Temple
Produced by Askaen Inc.
and Nissha Printing Co. Ltd.
56 pages, Japanese language
(with small English essay)
Over 50 photos, both color, B&W
Some photos at this site were scanned from this book. Wonderful photos.

www.byodoin.or.jp
Byodo-in Temple sells this publication for 1,200 yen. Go to their site, then click MUSEUM GOODS button, then scroll to bottom of page to order by FAX or Hagaki (postal "postcard" order). Japanese-language only.

Visions of the Pure Land: The Treasures of Byodo-in Temple

Visions of the Pure Land: The Treasures of Byodo-in Temple

Visions of the Pure Land:
The Treasures of Byodo-in Temple


Catalog, 2000
Published by Asahi Shimbun
Artwork from Byodo-in Temple

228 pages, Japanese language
with English index of works
Over 100 photos, color and B&W
Some photos at this site were scanned from this book. No longer in print.

Nihon no Bi o Meguru #45 - Byodo-in Temple

Nihon no Bi o Meguru #45 - Byodo-in Temple

Exploring the Beauty of Japan #45
March 18, 2003

40+ pages, color photos
Japanese Language Only

Wonderful magazine featuring treasures of Byodo-in Temple.

Some photos at this site were scanned from this magazine.

Nihon no Bi o Meguru #35 - Chusonji

Nihon no Bi o Meguru #35 - Chusonji

Exploring the Beauty of Japan, #35
December 31, 2002 Issue

40+ pages, color photos
Japanese Language Only

Wonderful magazine featuring treasures of Chuson-ji Temple.

Some photos at this site were scanned from this magazine.

Horyu-ji Temple - Exploring the Beauty of Japan #11, July 9th 2002

Horyu-ji Temple and Shotoku Taishi -- Exploring the Beauty of Japan #11, July 9th 2002

Exploring the Beauty of Japan #11
July 9th 2002


40+ pages, 70+ color photos
Japanese Language Only

Wonderful magazine featuring treasures of Houryuu-ji Temple and Prince Shotoku Taishi. Some photos at this site were scanned from this magazine.

  • Butsuzō-zu-i 仏像図彙, the “Collected Illustrations of Buddhist Images.” Published in 1690 (Genroku 元禄 3). One of Japan’s first major studies of Buddhist iconography, with drawings by Tosa Hidenobu 土佐秀信 and text by Ito Takemi 伊藤武美. Hundreds of pages and drawings, with deities classified into approximately 80 (eighty) categories. Modern-day reprints are avaiable for purchase at most large Japanese book stores, or click here to purchase online.    

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