The Folk Arts of Japan

The Folk Arts of Japan

The Folk Arts of Japan

The Folk Arts of Japan

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The author of the present volume, Professor Hugo Munsterberg, majored in Far Eastern Art at Harvard University and while there studied under the late Langdon Warner. This may be one of the reasons which brought about the writing of this book. Professor Warner in his celebrated work The Enduring Art of Japan included a chapter on "Folk and Traditional Art," an especially notable addition, because until that time no other historical treatment of the subject had contained such material about folk art. The author of the present volume, being a former student of Professor Warner's, has thus received the right training for writing a monograph on Japanese folk art.

Dr. Munsterberg has been assisted not only by a four-year stay in Japan, which gave him an opportunity for direct, personal observation, but also by the encouragement of Dr. Hachiro Yuasa, president of International Christian University, where the author has been teaching, for Dr. Yuasa himself has long been a lover and collector of Japanese folk art.

In recent years there has been a notable increase of interest on the part of Europeans and Americans in the folk art of Japan, but there has been no suitable work written in English to correspond to this interest. For this reason, the present volume will certainly be welcomed by many people and should for some time . . .

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