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What is Japanese Tattoo?

Tattoo Design Book -DRAGON-

Culture and History: During the Edo period, Japanese Tattoo had many meanings in Japan. They were used to identify and punish criminals, and were favored among firefighters as a symbol of their strength.

Eventually styles were developed that incorporated motifs found in woodblock prints. Traditional Japanese art, demon and dragon became common subjects. Today the beauty of Japanese Tattoo is as enduring as ever.

Japanese Art (UKIYO-E Art)

Japanese Women (Geisha & Bijinga) Art Book

In English speaking world, Japanese Art is synonymous with the Floating World - UKIYO-E Art, a style of woodblock prints and paintings produced between the Edo and the Meiji periods.

Common themes include warrior (SAMURAI), geisha and kabuki performer. Many artists have worked in this unique style. We are proud to offer a selection of the very best Japanese art books for your perusal.

Horimono & Irezumi

Horimono and Irezumi are two terms often associated with Japanese tattoos. Irezumi were known as "Yakuza Tattoos" because they are often donned by Japanese gangsters. The term Horimono was used to describe tattoos of an artistic nature.

These days the distinction between the two terms has blurred. Irezumi has become a commonly used word for Japanese tattoos of all sorts. It is difficult to define the difference between Irezumi and Horimono in contemporary usage, although Horimono is generally considered to be the more polite term.

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We are an online shop specializing in Japanese and oriental books. All our books ship directly from Japan.

Our mission is to provide the best quality resource at the best prices, and to make the shopping experience a secure and pleasant one for our customers.

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Brand New Tattoo Books from Japan

High quality books can be difficult to obtain even in Japan. Most of books are oftentimes old, used, and heavily scratched and damaged even if they are stated as "Brand-new".

But at our shop, we have carefully selected only the best brand-new books and magazines. And we take great care to pack and ship our books to ensure they arrive to you in perfect condition.

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A Wide Variety of Designs to Fit Your Needs.

We specialize in books about Japanese and oriental tattoos. Our beautifully illustrated books and magazines focus on subjects of interest to tattoo artists - including dragon, demon, samurai, geisha, Horiyoshi's art and more.


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