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This entrancing book, beautifully written for the layman and magnificently illustrated, tells about art and culture in Japan. In its charming pages Langdon Warner shares with the reader his own loving understanding—the fruit of firsthand experience and long intimacy—of the interplay of Japanese art and history and way of life. From his vivid description of how the eighth-century craftsman lived, worked, and absorbed the tremendous riches coming into Japan from China to his perceptive interpretation of the meaning of the tea ceremony, Warner makes informative and pleasant reading. The Westerner to whom Japan is far and strange could not wish for a better introduction.