• ‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms

    Naoko Abe

    Collingwood Ingram (1880 – 1981) was an ornithologist and plant collector whose obsession with Japanese cherries earned him the epithet ‘Cherry’. He travelled as a young man in Japan and was introduced to the ideas and displays of cherry blossom (sakura), but when he travelled there again in 1920s, by then a world authority on cherries, he was struck by profound changes in the planting of prunus – variety had been sacrificed for one cloned tree that had become ubiquitous for political reasons. On that trip Ingram saw an illustration of a tree that had become extinct in Japan, a magnificent cherry called the ‘Great White’, which he realised he had seen in poor condition in a Sussex garden. He perpetuated this glorious tree by cuttings and reintroduced it to Japan as well as perpetuating it in the UK.

    Ingram’s life is remarkable, and Naoko’s telling of it a revelation.

    We are delighted that Naoko will be coming to speak at Sandoe’s on 6th June – booking essential. See here for more details.

    Hardback £18.99
  • Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

    Lafcadio Hearn

    LH led a wonderfully varied life – Greek-Irish by birth, he moved as a young man to the USA, then to Martinique and then to Japan where for many years he taught English literature at Tokyo Imperial University. First published in 1904, the year of his death, ‘Kwaidan ‘ is a collection of ghostly and uncanny stories that he translated from old Japanese texts or gathered himself.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Bells of Old Tokyo: Travels in Japanese Time

    Anna Sherman

    The capital and its history explored through its old ways of time-keeping: a fascinating memoir.

    Hardback £14.99
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto: Seascapes

    Hiroshi Sugimoto

    HS has been photographing sky and sea for 40 years; these almost abstract expanses epitomise his idea of “time exposed”. Stunning.

    Hardback £59.00
  • Japanese Gardens: A Journey

    Monty Don, photographs by Derry Moore

    The duo who did the marvellous ‘Paradise Gardens’ last year are ravished by the subtle harmony of the natural and the artificial in both spring and autumn. Spectacular photography.

    Hardback £35.00
  • The Office of Gardens and Ponds

    Didier Decoin

    An extremely pleasurable immersion into Heian-period Japan, this sensual and thoughtful novel is like moving through a series of prints: a young widow journeys to the capital with carp for the imperial temple pools; the theme for a courtly perfume contest is the scent of a young woman passing over a bridge, half-seen in the mist. Translated from the French.

    Hardback £14.99
  • The Pine Islands

    Marion Poschmann

    A wry novel in which a middle-age, unsuccessful lecturer (beards in cinema is his field) travels in Matsuo Basho’s footsteps towards the islands of Matsushima, with a suicidal young man for company. Dry, dead-pan, detached and funny. Short-listed for the German Book Prize (2017) and now long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize 2019.

    Hardback £12.99
  • Once And Forever

    Kenji Miyazawa

    KM (1896-1933) was a Japanese cellist, utopian and poet who has achieved posthumous fame for his many tales that drift between the day-to-day and the supernatural.

    Other £9.99
  • Textiles of Japan: The Thomas Murray Collection

    Thomas Murray & Virginia Soenksen

    A fabulous range of textiles from shamanistic appliqué to workers’ clothes and household goods as well as ravishing kimonos. A stunning book and generous at the price.

    Hardback £65.00