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For the best books on the rich and varied cultures of Japan and Asia, as well as the wildlife and nature of Africa.
COMING SOON..

Kodansha Europe is about culture. It’s about bringing the cultures of different parts of Asia to Europe, Africa and other parts of the world so that we can all share and learn. We offer books from many different publishers covering everything you could imagine, including Architecture, Art, Cinema, Cookery, Crafts, Design, Fiction, Gardens, Health & Beauty, History & Society, Languages, Manga, Martial Arts, Natural History, Pop Culture, Photography, Religion & Philosophy, Travel...

We have also begun to make books from Africa available, starting with the amazing nature + wildlife photography of HPH Publishing. We welcome interest from any publisher in Asia or Africa seeking trade distribution and representation for Europe and beyond, or indeed from publishers in any part of the world with books on Asia or Africa.

For more detail on our books, publishers and trade representation, you can download the Kodansha Europe catalogue from the icon above and right. Individual publisher catalogues are also here, where available. Information on more recent titles are available to browse or download as individual PDFs.

Below are some of our key current new titles. For further details please click on the link above right to download our latest catalogues. For Kodansha Comics, click on the link above.
New Titles
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The Japanese Culinary Academy’s INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE CUISINE
£50 HB; 978-4-908325-00-7; 216 pages; 288x218mm; 210 colour photos, 5 paintings; 62 recipes; glossary, index
The first in a multi-volume definitive series on the art of Japanese cuisine that will be the standard work for many years to come, it looks at how Japanese cuisine is inextricably tied to history and nature.
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THE BEAUTY OF KOREAN FOOD
ITKF; £21 Flexi; 978-1-56591-253-3; 264 pages; 255x190mm; 700+ colour photos; 100s tables & diagrams; nutritional info, bibliography, glossary, index
The most complete, best-illustrated and clearly described eulogy to the glories of traditional Korean cuisine. An absolute MUST for all cooks - professional and amateur alike.
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KOREAN FOOD 101 - A GLIMPSE INTO EVERYDAY DINING
KFF; £14.99 PB; 978-1-56591-458-2; 240 pages; 210x152mm; 174 colour photos; 101 dishes; index
No recipes here–this slick, contemporary treasure teaches you how to understand Korean food, how to eat it and in what order, table etiquette and common practice: the cultural essence.
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THE KOREAN KITCHEN - 75 HEALTHY, DELICIOUS AND EASY RECIPES
KFF; £23 PB; 978-1-56591-459-9; 232 pages; 250x182mm; 342 colour photos; bibliography, index
75 delicious recipes for the rapidly-increasing army of fans around the world who want to make healthy and nutritious Korean food at home with readily available ingredients.
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ORIGAMI JEWELRY
Ayako Brodek; £16.99 HB; 978-1-56836-368-4; 128 pages; 222x222mm; 42 designs, 100s sequential photos
Available from Kodansha in durable hardcover for the first time, this brilliant book is a real treat for those wishing that origami art could be practical and long-lasting. The good news is.. it can!
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UNFOLDING - CONTEMPORARY INDIAN TEXTILES
Maggie Baxter; £55 HB; 978-93-83098-83-5; 188 pages; 300x228mm; 88 colour, 11 b/w photos; bibliography, glossary, index
This is a groundbreaking, vivid exploration of how the rich and diverse textile craft tradition of India has been adopted and adapted by craftsmen, designers and artists of the 21st century.
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SHADES OF KASHMIR
Shome Basu; £25 HB; 978-93-83098-86-6; 180 pages; 228x228mm; 178 b/w photos
This photo-journal by an award winning photographer captures the equivocal and poignant mood of Kashmir in the 10 years since a kind of normality returned following 20 years of proxy war.
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THE TRAILS LESS TRAVELLED
Avay Shukla; £16.99 PB; 978-93-83098-76-7; 256 pages; 224x149mm; 12 treks; 88 colour photos, 12 hand-drawn trek maps
An inspired new guide for trekkers to the Indian Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh: 12 high-altitude treks beautifully described and illustrated by a 20-year veteran.
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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
E&L Liebenberg; £39 HB; 978-0-620-65226-1; 240 pages; 320x280mm; 224 colour, 19 b/w photos
A stunning record of the 75 officially designated ‘Champion Trees’ of South Africa; includes full- tree photos, size index, tree height, mean average crown cover, trunk diameter & circumference...
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FORMS OF DEVOTION - THE SPIRITUAL IN INDIAN ART
Bahl et al.; £175 HB, Slip case; 978-93-83098-82-8; 2-Vols of 1,136 pages; 858 colour, 175 b/w photos; 11 expert contributors
This publication presents the finest of the vast collection of timeless contemporary devotional and sacred works held in the care of The Museum of Sacred Art in Belgium under the auspices of ISKCON.
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MASTERS OF INDIAN PAINTING
Beach / Fischer / Goswamy; £175 HB, slip-case; 978-93-83098-68-2; 840 pages; 318x229mm; 700 colour photographs
Much of the anonymity inherent in artist’s work has been dispelled in this groundbreaking work of great beauty, with many artists identified for the first time.
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NATIONAL MUSEUM, NEW DELHI - TREASURES
NCF; £16.99 FB; 978-93-83098-80-4; 208 pages; 240x178mm; 106 colour photos
This is the latest volume in the ‘Treasures’ series revealing the finest pieces in the collections of the major Indian museums – it features the must-see objects of a 210,000-piece collection.
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LABOR LAWS OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Kim et al.; £21 PB; 978-1-56591-478-0; 528 pages; 210x148mm
The most up-to-date and comprehensive information on Korean employment law, this tome will be essential to lawyers and corporations seeking an understanding of how it is interpreted and applied.
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BECOME A HANGEUL MASTER
TTMIK; £23 PB; 978-89-5605-719-4; 164 pages; 184x225mm
Master Korean writing quickly and forever using a remarkable book with all the essentials, including history, pronunciation (downloadable audio), stroke order and combining into syllables.
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BHOPAL
PK De; £14.99 FB; 978-93-83098-81-1; 132 pages; 225x147mm; 97 colour, 8 b/w photos
A superb travelogue through the streets, culture and history of this remarkable and ancient city in the heart of Madhya Pradesh.
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NALA AND DAMAYANTI
BN Goswamy; £50 HB; 978-93-83098-89-7; 264 pages; 293x230mm; 171 colour photos
These 47 exquisite Pahari School paintings are all the completed works which illustrated a 12th century love story ‘Naishadhacharita’, one of the last great kavyas of Sanskrit literature.
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PETROGLYPHS OF CHEONJEON-RI
Univ. Ulsan; £15.99 HB; 978-1-56591-410-0; 248 pages; 225x148mm; 100s of schematics, photos, tables
A detailed exploration & analysis of the rock inscriptions and art at this Korean site, placing them within the broader context of prehistoric petroglyphs in other parts of the globe.
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HIMALAYAN CITIES: SETTLEMENT PATTERNS, PUBLIC PLACES & ARCHITECTURE
Shankar; £25 HB; 978-93-83098-16-3; 216 pages; 228x228mm; 131 colour photos; 134 elevations; sections, plans; contour maps
Already a legacy book in the light of the tragic earthquakes in the region, this is the culmination of extensive research on the cities and architecture of the Himalayas. Definitive.
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JAMYANG KHYENTSÉ WANGPO’S GUIDE TO CENTRAL TIBET
Akester; £60 HB; 978-1-932476-60-6; 824 pages; 279x259mm; full colour throughout
Beautifully illustrated, this is a rare example of non-liturgical literature superbly edited to offer the modern reader an insight into the location and nature of many sights of pilgrimage in Tibet.
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BUDDHAPADA - FOLLOWING THE BUDDHA’S FOOTPRINTS
Jacques de Guerny; £24 HB; 978-974-524-163-3; 215 pages; 250x180mm; 131 colour photos; maps
The evolution of this epitome of early Buddhist iconography is traced from its origins over 2,000 years ago through its long migration in time to its present ubiquitous prominence in Asia.
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COLLECTING PARADISE: BUDDHIST ART OF KASHMIR..
Linrothe, Luczanits..; £45 HB; 978-4-88996-391-5; 236 pages; 304x228mm; full colour; 189 images
Definitive, scholarly work on the profound legacy of Kashmiri Buddhist art, iconography and culture and its deep influence.
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CAMBODIA
Photos: Kraig Lieb; Text: Tom Vater; £25 HB; 978-1-4951-1588-3; 192 pages; 225x285mm; 203 colour photos
Photographer Kraig Lieb brings Cambodia to life, presenting its ancient past, its festivals and lively street scenes, its sumptuous rural vistas, its delightful people... it’s tragic recent history.
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REFLECTION
Heinrich van den Berg; £55 Deluxe HB; 978-0-620-61111-4; 224 pages; 373x300mm; 186 photographs: 40 ‘cool grey’, 28 ‘warm b/w’, 28 sepia, 90 colour
One of the world’s most admired and widely published nature and wildlife photographers reflects upon his finest work so far in this giant deluxe book. Printed using 8 ink colours.
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MY SACRED LAOS
Hans Georg Berger; £50 HB; 978-1-932476-71-2; 112 pages; 350x240mm; 100 monochrome images
The ultimate collection of Luang Prabang platinum prints shot on a Hasselblad by German photographer Berger. Stunning Limited Edition.
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INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE
Venkataraman; £45 HB; 978-93-83098-64-4; 326 pages; 279x229mm; 179 colour, 48 b/w photos
A substantial book offering insight into the evolution of Indian Classical dance following independence. Covers all 8 schools of dance.
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TALK TO ME IN KOREAN Level 1
TTMIK; £15 PB; 978-89-5605-688-3; 128 pages; 255x188mm; all colour; illustrations
First in a 3-Vol series of easy workbooks to accompany the free, downloadable series of lessons of the same name (all now available). GO ONLINE - LEARN KOREAN FOR FREE WITH TTMIK!
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SURVIVAL KOREAN FOR TRAVELERS...
TTMIK; £21 PB; 978-89-5605-736-1; 160 pages; 250x190mm; full colour; 36 recipes
A thorough, easy and practical phrase book offering 350 of the most useful expressions organised around 20 situations. Includes grammar, writing + cultural notes.
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SPICESTORY
Hugh & Colleen Gantzer; £25 HB; 978-93-83098-38-5; 268 pages; 229x229mm; full colour; 256 photos
The perfect complement to all those recipe books – this is a richly illustrated and detailed examination of the phenomenon of spice and how it came to be used across the world.
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TRUFFLES
Ken Hom + P-J Pébeyre; £25 HB; 978-1-932476-68-2;112 pages; 250x250mm; full colour; 25 recipes
All you could ever want to know about the black truffle with glorious photography; text and fusion recipes by the legendary Ken Hom with truffle master Pierre-Jean Pébeyre.
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UMAMI - THE FIFTH TASTE
Heston Blumenthal et al.; £25 HB; 978-4-88996-391-5; 160 pages; 250x190mm; full colour, 36 recipes recipes
Definitive, authoritative: an information-packed practical guide to the taste that has transformed world cuisine. Beautiful colour photos; features 10 Michelin chefs.
KODANSHA EUROPE REPRESENTS:
  • KODANSHA (USA / Japan)
  • JPT (‘Umami’ only; Japan)
  • SERINDIA (USA / Thailand)
  • VISIONARY WORLD (Hong Kong / Thailand)
  • HPH PUBLISHING (South Africa)
  • NIYOGI BOOKS (India)
  • ORCHID PRESS (Thailand)
  • ARTBOOK (Vietnam)
  • KONG & PARK (USA / Korea)
  • PURPLE MOON (USA / Thailand)
  • HOLLYM CORPORATION (Korea)
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images of the month ...
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Likir Gompa, Ladakh. From “Himalayan Cities”.
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Back cover of “Reflection”.
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From “My Sacred Laos”.
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images of the month...Likir Gompa, Ladakh. From “Himalayan Cities”.‘The Sound of the Sea’ by Heston Blumenthal; from “Umami: The Fifth Taste”.