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The Japanese word cocoro conjures up images of heart and mind; of consciousness and intention. Through the cocoro books imprint, DH Publishing intends to introduce the vibrancy and uniqueness of modern Japan through its media, its people and its popular cultures and subcultures.


 

new Japanese Movie Billboards
Retro Art from a Century of Cinema

A retrospective of the almost extinct phenomenon of billboard painting in Japan, this is a fascinating look at the golden age of cinema seen through the eyes of Japanese artist and media. With cover-to-cover, full-color photos, movie trivia and historical background, Japanese Movie Billboards is more than just a mine of retro-kitsch; it is a unique look at Western cinema from the other side of the world.
96 pages ~ $19.95 ISBN-13: 978-1932897289 ~ 10" x 7.8"
new Anime Figurines
Tokyo's Top 50 Anime Figures

If you like your women sassy, sophisticated and synthetic, then get in line, 'cos anime figures are hot and getting hotter! The half-naked lumps of plastic that line the shelves of Japan's otaku stores ooze such sex appeal that demand and supply might as well live on different planets. That's all well and good if you're The Man, but with prices as high as a Tokyo tenth-grader's skirt, how's the "real fan" of My-Hime, ToHeart2, or even Night Shift Nurses, ever gonna get his hands on his significant other?

The answer is Anime Figures-Tokyo's Hottest 50 Figurines.

For much (much!) less than the price of one figure, 50 of the hottest girls to come out of Tokyo's sexiest anime productions are introduced in gorgeous, glossy full color. Some of you already know-Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mizuho Kazami from Please Teacher!-and some you're gonna wish you knew-Mizuki Tasake from Comic Party, and "bodacious bovine babe" Sanae Aizawa. Totally authentic, totally hot, this sizzling collection of PVC pin-ups is a must for every red-blooded anime fan.
*Contains PVC Nudity
$15.00 ISBN: 978-1-932897-41-8 ~ Full color ~ Hard cover

Anime Figurines
new Do-It-Yourself Sushi
#1 in the all-new DIY Guide to Japanese Cooking series

This all-new cookbook series lifts the lid on supposedly difficult Japanese cuisine with easy-to-follow instructions and great recipe ideas that'll leave your dinner guests beaming with both pleasure and amazement. This first book in the series walks the novice sushi chef through all techniques required to make yummy sushi at home. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by • easy-to-follow photographs • lists of required ingredients • substitute ingredients • nomenclature in Japanese and English • tips on how to serve and store • beautiful full-color photography Other books series Do-It-Yourself ~ Japanese Hotpot, Do-It-Yourself ~ Tempura, Do-It-Yourself ~ Tofu and Do-It-Yourself ~ Japanese Noodles.
$15.00 ISBN: 978-1-932897-40- ~ Full color ~ Hard cover
Do-it-Yourself Sushi
new Do-It-Yourself Tofu
#2 in the all-new DIY Guide to Japanese Cooking series

This all-new cookbook series lifts the lid on supposedly difficult Japanese cuisine with easy-to-follow instructions and great recipe ideas that'll leave your dinner guests beaming with both pleasure and amazement. This second book in the series walks the novice tofu chef through all techniques required to make yummy tofu at home. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by • easy-to-follow photographs • lists of required and substitute ingredients • nomenclature in Japanese and English • tips on how to serve and store • pages of recipes • all in beautiful, full-color photography.
$15.00 ~ Full color ~ Hard cover
Do-It-Yourself Tofu
new Hayao Miyazaki: A Life in Anime
Famed for his anime extravaganzas such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s most well-known movie names. But who is the man behind the hit anime productions? Through archive material, past interviews, television appearances and newspaper stories, Hayao Miyazaki: A Life in Anime pieces together Miyazaki’s life to reveal a man that even avid fans of his films may not recognize. A fascinating portrait of one of Japan’s greatest living artists.
192 pp ~ $11.95 ISBN: 978-1-932897-47-0 ~ 7.1" x 4.8"
Hayao Miyazaki
new Japanese Packaging Design from the Interwar Years
Japanese commercial design flourished in the relative peace of the interwar years. With foreign influences flooding the country, packaging design changed rapidly to appeal to the modern man and woman. With new novelists drawing inspiration from Europe and the United States, and the book market expanding, designers of book covers produced ever more striking designs. This first-of-its-kind collection brings together some of Japan’s most beautiful book cover design from the period. The images are brought into context with unobtrusive background information that allows the reader to concentrate on the designs, many which are rare and have never been shown outside Japan. This a must-have book for collectors, designers, historians and art-lovers.
Japanese Packaging Design
new More Secrets of the Ninja
Their Training, Tools and Techniques

"...explains not only the historical aspects and the fighting techniques of the discipline, but also casts the spirit of the ninja into a wider orbit of everyday usefulness" -Tokyo Journal

"Every page was a revelation and, despite being a fan of Japanese movies, demonstrated how little I knew about the skills and traditions of the ninja" -PIXELSURGEON

"...offers up a tasty smorgasboard of ninja lore for the dilettante." -The Daily Yomiuri
112 pp ~ $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-932897-51-7 ~ Paperback ~ 10.1" x 7.7"
More Secrets of the Ninja
new Scribbling for Victory
Japan's War through its Anti-Western Cartoons

From the outbreak of World War II to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the popular tabloid Asahigraph ran a two-page spread of comics that grew more belligerent, nationalistic and anti-Western as the war progressed. In English for the first time, these propaganda cartoons have been collected together to form a chronological account of the Pacific War through the eyes of anonymous Japanese cartoonists. On the facing page of each illustration is an explanation of the cartoon’s significance in the wider picture of the war, making this book a valuable historical record of an aspect of the war that’s rarely touched upon.
$15.00 ISBN: 978-1-932897-50-0~ Full color ~ Hard cover
Scribbling for Victory
new Shunga
An Introduction to Japanese Erotica

Shunga, or "images of spring,” are erotic depictions from Japan’s 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, usually achieved with a woodblock print process. Shunga appeared in romance novels and instructive albums for young wives, and were even carried by samurai for luck. This book provides an introduction into the world of shunga with a selection of striking full-color images. Pithy text, including descriptions of the historical and cultural settings of the prints, helps explain what this erotica meant to the people of the time.
$15.00 ISBN: 978-1-932897-55-5 ~ Full color ~ Hard cover
Shunga
new Small House Tokyo
How the Japanese Live Well in Small Spaces

" It all depends on your imagination"
–Satoshi Kurosaki, Apollo Architects & Associates

Tokyo’s architects are in the process of drafting a small revolution in urban design. Micro homes, or kyosho jutaku, are reshaping the way the Japanese live and work, while at the same time shaking up staid urban neighborhoods with stunning designs that adhere to few rules. With creative use of wood, glass and concrete, these small houses defy the limited spaces they are built on, boasting open-plan living rooms, cozy dens, inner gardens, and raised patios. With stunning photography that reveals Japan as a powerhouse of architectural innovation, Small House Tokyo brings together some of the leading designs in the kyosho jutaku movement. Over 150 full-color photos of both interiors and exteriors provide not only an uncharacteristic view of today’s urban Japan, but offer potential property buyers in the West a plethora of ideas on how to turn a small house into a beautiful home.
$15.00 ISBN: 978-1-932897-45-6 ~ Full color ~ Hard cover
Small House Tokyo
new The Art Trucks of Japan
In stunning full-color photography, this beautiful book introduces Japan’s amazing art trucks, known locally as “Deco-Tora” (Decorated Trucks). Truck owners spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their vehicles, turning them into moving masterpieces of the highway. Includes spec photos, interviews with owners, a look at specialty parts stores and much, much more.
$15.00 ISBN: 978-1-932897-43-2 ~ Full color ~ Hard cover
The Art Truck in Japan
new The Japanese Tattoo Design Handbook Vol.1
Collected together for the first time are 100 on-skin designs from some of Japan’s top irezumi artists. Tattooists and Japanese aficionados alike will value this as a great sourcebook and fascinating art ink collection.




$15.00 ISBN: 978-1-932897-48-7 ~ Full color ~ Hard cover
The Japanese Tattoo Design 1
new The Japanese Tattoo Design Handbook Vol.2
Collected together for the first time are 100 on-skin designs from some of Japan’s top irezumi artists. Tattooists and Japanese aficionados alike will value this as a great sourcebook and fascinating art ink collection. Volume II of a two-book set.




$15.00 ISBN: 978-1-932897-49-4 ~ Full color ~ Hard cover
The Japanese Tattoo Design 2
new Tokyo Bar Hostesses Shoot Themselves
What's it like to be a bar hostess in Tokyo, a city that has more watering holes than any other place on the planet? In the first of the Shoot Yourself photobook series, Tokyo's hardworking hostesses shine a cellphone flashlight on their world, and photograph it. In interviews and their own writings, the women bare all, including the money they make, the clients their serve and the revealing gowns that they don each evening. Tokyo Bar Hostesses Shoot Themselves launches this revelatory series with an insider’s look into the glamorous and often sordid working lives of Tokyo’s bar hostesses.
$15.00 ISBN: 978-1-932897-39-5 ~ Full color ~ Hard cover
Tokyo Bar Hostesses
new Tokyo Rock Catwalk
Visual Kei Bands Big in Japan

Visual Kei refers to a Japanese pop music movement characterized by eccentric, flamboyant looks, striking make-up, unusual hair styles and elaborate costumes coupled with androgynous aesthetics. Tokyo Rock Catwalk is the first ever book to fully introduce this made-in-Japan pop culture to an overseas audience. Along with stunning full-color pinup pics and photos from some of the most exciting live performances, members of Visual Kei bands and some of their most loyal fans talk about where this phenomenon came from, how it fits into Japanese society, and how the West is waking up to this outrageous movement.
$15.00 ISBN: 978-1-932897-44-9 ~ Full color ~ Hard cover
Tokyo Rock Catwalk
new We Love Cosplay Girls
More Live Animation Heroines from Japan

Cosplay, the Japanese love of making and wearing the outfits of manga, anime and video-game characters, needs little introduction. The phenomenon has now spread worldwide, with established conventions, fan sites, clubs and even cosplay celebrities strutting their stuff. Cocoro Books' 2003 hit title Cosplay Girls and its follow-up Cosplay Girls 2 set the stage for cosplay photo book chic. In the third photobook in the series, We Love Cosplay Girls continues this onslaught of deliciousness with hundreds of full-color photos of street-fighting chicks, emerald-haired princesses and faux-fur kittens. Why do they do it? How do they do it?! Find out as the girls themselves explain their obsessions and experiences. All new girls!! All new costumes!! All new format!!
112 pp ~ $19.95 ~ ISBN: 978-1-932897-38-8 Paperback ~ Full color ~ 10.1" x 7.7"
We Love Cosplay Girls
J-rock Groupies
200 Photographs of Unique Japanese Girls

Cosplay for J-Rock groupies. Japanese rock bands are hot! And Japan leads the world in rock band fashion. Girl fans dress up in wild styles and concept clothing, and display their creations, en masse, at rock concerts. Here, hot and absurd groupie fashion girls tell readers in their own words why they do it. This collection of 200 photos and interviews delves into a unique world, bringing readers the crazy fashions and musical passions from the streets and rock clubs of Tokyo.
191 pages/ $19.95
Cosplay Girls 2
Japan's Live Action Heroines

Enter the wacky world of cosplay, Japan's crazy anime costume scene. All over Japan, hard-core girl fans of anime, manga and games dress up in the latest costumes. It is a world where seemingly ordinary girls reinvent themselves as street-fighting chicks, emerald-haired princesses and faux-fur kittens. Why do they do it? Find out as cosplayers explain the obsession in their own words. o All new girls o All new costumes o All new format
112 pages/ $19.95
Silver Screen Samurai
The Best of Japan's Samurai Movie Posters

For over half a century, samurai movies have wowed the Japanese public - and the world - with their gory sword fights and tear-jerking tales of honor and sacrifice. From Kurosawa's Seven Samurai to anime's Samurai X, this first-ever collection of original samurai movie art pays glorious tribute to a cinematic genre that is truly Japanese. Silver Screen Samurai is a must-have for samurai fans, movie-buffs and lovers of poster art!
112 pages/ $19.95
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Anime Poster Art
Japan's Movie House Masterpieces

Posters, programs and flyers that helped launch a revolution in wide-screen animation. Over 160 full-color images introduce the world's most-loved anime characters in their original Japanese designs. Includes the best of Akira, Dragon Ball Z, Lupin III, Urusei Yatsura, Space Battleship Yamato, Mobile Suit Gundam and the Academy Award-winning Studio Ghibli.
112 pages/ $19.95
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Cosplay Girls
Japan's Live Animation Heroines

Cosplay, the Japanese love of making and wearing the outfits of manga, anime and video-game characters, is catching on fast worldwide. Cosplay Girls introduces cute Japanese girls crazy about dressing up like characters from manga, anime and games; everything from Streetfighter and Samurai Spirits to Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura. This fun book is also packed with info on the characters they portray, how to pose, and methods of making and wearing costumes. As well as an informative guide to games, manga and anime big in Japan, Cosplay Girls also highlights the creative powers of Japanese otaku girls.
96 pages/ $19.95
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Secrets of the Ninja
Their Training, Tools and Techniques

Now you see them, now you don't. Peek inside the Ninja's world and discover the skills, weapons, and ingenious tricks that made these men and women feared and revered in Japan for centuries. Learn Ninja techniques for meditation, stealth, and fighting dirty. Study their diet, ancient codes, workout and accupressure points. Find out what it really meant to be a Ninja in old Japan.
96 pages/ $19.95
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Japanese Movie Posters
Yakuza, Monster, Pink and Horror

A tribute to 50 years of lurid imagery and purple prose created by nameless designers at Japanese film studios. Unforgettable images conjured out of a few still photos, some bold lettering, and plenty of tattoos, swords, guns, baseball bats, ropes, scowls, leers, scars, rubber suits, school uniforms, cartoon characters, and half-naked women. Also includes Sci-Fi, Samurai, Anime and New Cinema.
96 pages/ $19.95
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