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JAPANESE DESIGN: A Collection. Photographs and text by Kenneth Straiton. Forward by Peter Grilli. Tokyo: Tuttle Shokai, 1999, 160 pp., copiously illustrated, 3,800 yen.

Traditionally the Japanese are a patterned people who live in a patterned country, a land where the exemplar still exists, where there is a model for everything, where the shape of something may be as important as its content, and the profile of the country depends upon the contour of living.

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