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PIE International announces the global publication of "Hell in Japanese Art"

2017-09-13 17:31
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TOKYO, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PIE International Inc., an art book publisher based in Tokyo, announces the global publication of Hell in Japanese Art. This deluxe full-color-chunky volume showcases depictions of hell in Japanese art from the 12th century to the 19th century, and focuses primarily on works designated as Japanese National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties as well as the various depictions of hell by prominent artists such as Kazunobu Kano, Nichosai, Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Kyosai Kawanabe.

This volume also features the 19th century woodblock-printed edition of Ojoyoshu (The Essentials of Rebirth in the Pure Land) and is accompanied by modern English/ Japanese bilingual text. Essays from historians of both Japanese art and Buddhism are also included in bilingual text.

Hiromoto Miyoshi, President of PIE International commented on this book as follows: "One of PIE's missions is to introduce Japan's high-quality art to the world. Through the power of graphic design, this book has brought traditional Japanese culture back to life as a fresh art collection for today's readers. It is difficult for people outside Japan to see artworks depicting the Japanese conception of hell. Readers will no doubt be impressed by these finely rendered yet elaborate depictions of hell, even hundreds of years after the works were created. Although these images of brutal scenes are all fictional, some of them will surely remind us of what is actually occurring in reality today. I believe that appreciating hell in Japanese art will give us an opportunity to reflect on our world today."

The techniques and styles in these works are diverse, and readers will find even humorous characters, which have led to the style of characterization that appears in Japanese manga and anime today. This title is a must-see for artists, illustrators and anyone interested in Japanese art, along with Japanese manga and anime fans, too.

About  PIE International Inc.

Established in 1987, PIE International publishes high-quality visual books on art, design, comic as well as lifestyle, and distributes the books worldwide through local distributors.
http://www.pie.co.jp/english/

About  Hell in Japanese Art
http://www.pie.co.jp/english/search/detail.php?ID=4923

Size: 304 x 210mm
Pages: 592 pages (full colour)
Bound: Softbound
ISBN: 978-4-7562-4923-4
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Price: GBP43.00 / EUR 59.95 / USD75.00

Source: PIE International Inc.

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