|Japanese kites make
whimsical shower curtains, and ceiling or wall decorations for a children’s rooms.
Smaller kites can also be used to make pillows.
* Again, consult the second book below for additional information and ideas.
*Sites for More Information on Japan and Japanese Culture
a. Explore Japan.
a. East Meets
West: Global Design for Contemporary Interiors, by Kelly Hoppen.
The second part of the title is misleading. Kelly Hoppen illustrates not only how to
combine eastern influences into western interiors of contemporary homes, but also how to
traditional environments. This book is not strictly for contemporary
I like Ms. Hoppen’s interior design philosophy. Here is a quote, from her
introduction, explaining her approach, "Rather than dictate a particular style to my
clients, I see myself in the role of interpreter: I need to get inside a client’s
head and discover their personality before I can guide them towards a style, a look, an
atmosphere in which they want to live. It is absolute essential to give people the home
thy want…" Five out of five stars on Amazon.com.
b. Japans Accents
in Western Interiors, by Peggy Sanders Rao and Jean Mahoney.
Shopping and introductory overview to culture, antiques and folkcraft. Illustrations of
how 77 different kinds of antiques or reproductions can be used. Detailed descriptions of
objects, found in Japanese culture, that can decorate the home, such as hibachis, kimonos,
etc. Featuring an appendix of American and Canadian sources for Japanese articles.