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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.

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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Adelin Petrisor; £39 HB; 01.2017; 978-1-56591-482-7; 244 pages; 250x250mm; 218 colour photos
The photographs of Romania’s most distinguished war correspondent shed light onto the capital of the most secretive and isolated nation in the world in 2012 – the centennial of ‘Great Leader' Kim Il-sung's birth. Stunning reality photography.
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Jonathan & Angela Scott; £39 HB; 09.2016; 978-0-9946-9240-5; 288 pages; 366x286mm; 75 colour, 65 b/w images; deluxe production; heavy art paper
“ This outstanding gallery of photographs should redefine the ‘African photobook’ genre. They are simply stunning images, entrancing and profoundly beautiful. Frankly, I don’t know how to do them justice with words…” – Chris Packham
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Dominic Roskrow; £30 HB; 10.2016; 978-1-56836-575-6; 288 pages; 250x206mm; 300 colour photos, 6 duotones, 3 b/w photos; maps / charts
A richly illustrated introduction to the phenomenon that is Japanese Whisky... at a time when it is starting to sweep all before it as awards build and international demand grows. Author Dominic Roskrow is the acknowledged world expert on the subject and this is the definitive go-to book.
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JCA’s Complete Japanese Cuisine Flavouring & seasoning
Japanese Culinary Academy; £50 HB; 03.2017 specifications to be confirmed
The second volume in this definitive series on authentic Japanese cooking for chefs and skilled amateurs, this book looks at every element of flavouring and seasoning, from cultural and nutritional background through to the careful preparation of the various flavourings and condiments and their application in a big range of recipes and techniques.
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K Chaweewanakorn; £55 HB; 978-1-932476-80-4; 248 pages; 280x260mm; 200+ colour photos of rare hybrid cacti
This beautiful book showcases the author’s achievements in creating the famous Thai nursery Petchtamsee and nurturing the world’s largest collection of hybrid cacti: stunningly presented by iPhone 6 Fighting Fish photographer Visarute Angkatavanich. All can be ordered online.
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Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo’s guide to central tibet
Matthew Akester; £60 HB; 11.2016; 978-1-932476-60-6; 824 pages; 279x259mm; full colour throughout new & old photos; maps, biblio, index
This beautifully illustrated book is a rare example of non-liturgical literature superbly edited by Matthew Akester to offer an insight into location and nature of the many sites of pilgrimage in central Tibet − so many of which have been destroyed in recent times. The original Tibetan folios are reproduced in their entirety.
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Debreczeny, G Tuttle (Ed.); £45 HB; 978-1-932476-81-1; 308 pages; 266x190mm; 77 colour photos 11 essays; footnotes; index
This publication brings together specialists in literature, history, religion and art to discuss the seminal Tibetan figure, siting him and his life’s work within the juncture of history, art and civilisation, and Tibet’s place in the larger world of the turbulent 17th century.
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Yumiko Izu; £40 HB; 11.2016; 978-1-932476-79-8; 105 pages; 290x260mm; 45 pieces; art paper platinum palladium plates
Shot with an 180-mm lens on a large-format Deardorff view camera, delicate portraits of blooms from Secret Garden are brilliantly juxtaposed with the animal skulls of the Faraway collection to create a brilliance so representative of both the technical mastery of Yumiko’s work (including the print process) as well as its deep spiritual content.
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the architecture of i.m. kadri
Kaiwan Mehta; £45 HB; 978-93-85285-30-1; 232 pages; 265x265mm; 226 colour, 110 b/w photos; drawings; plans
A critical review of one of India’s most prolific and inspirational architects: the figure behind a host of ground-breaking and iconic buildings across a broad spectrum of function and purpose. The seamless infusion of Nature into the urban landscape is one of Kadri’s many inimitable characteristics.
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Giles Tillotson (Ed.); £45 HB; 978-93-85285-24-0; 276 pages; 304x236mm; 169 colour, 120 b/w photos; endnotes, bibliography, index
Much of the art and classic photography from this astonishing collection is reproduced here for the first time. The book tells the story of the stunning collection in the palaces, exploring the relationship between the collected and commissioned pieces.
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The Vegetable Sushi Cookbook
Izumi Shoji; £15.99 PB; June; 978-1-56836-570-1; 112 pages; 251x191mm; all colour; 100 photos 100+ recipes; glossaries; index
Over 100 simple, healthy and delicious vegetarian sushi recipes covering all the different types: migiri, gunkan, oshizushi, makizushi and chirashizushi. Full colour & easy, includes great info on cutting, steaming, pickling, frying and grilling.
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New Tastes in Green Tea
Mitsuko Tokunaga; £15.99 PB; May; 978-1-56836-571-8; 128 pages; 229x146mm; 60 colour + 40 b/w photos; 50+ sweet & savoury recipes, drinks & cocktails
This health phenomenon is starting to go viral: this is the definitive sourcebook and referencebook, which includes beautifully illustrated recipes for savoury dishes & desserts, hot and cold teas, and even cocktails.
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Shizuo Tsuji & Yoichiro Hata; £23 PB; 978-1-56836-567-1; 152 pages; 280x221mm; all colour; 360+ photos
The Tsuji Culinary Institute’s superb adaptation of the fine art of Japanese cooking to the needs ofthe home cook is available in a Revised Softcover edition, with new Foreword by David Bouley and Preface by Yoshiki Tsuji. Visually stunning; 103 recipes.
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Game Drive Birds of Southern Africa
Phillip van den Berg; £29 HB; Feb; 978-0-9946-7513-2; 200 pages; 280x221mm; all colour; 300+ photos
A long-awaited book of astonishingly beautiful and skilled bird photography that will be valued not only by the visitors to the Southern African reserves, but by twitchers the world over. A very handsome hardcover.
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The Artful Life of R. Vijay
Annapurna Garimella; £45 HB; Mar; 978-1-932476-77-4; 232 pages; 250x210mm; full colour; 200 photographs
An amazing hardcover that showcases the work of a highly skilled contemporary Rajasthani miniature painter in painting the notions and scenes conceived by his patron American photographer Waswo X Waswo.
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Black & White Phototips
Heinrich van den Berg; £18.99 Flexi; Feb; 978-0-9946-7510-1; 158 pages; 215x215mm; 72 monochrome photos
Fourth in the Phototips series, this one offer practical, illustrated, jargon-free advice on how to master the fine art of black & white photography in the Van den Berg’s field of expertise: nature and wildlife.
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Kruger Self-Drive: Routes, roads and ratings
Heinrich van den Berg; £29 HB; Feb; 978-0-9946-7512-5; 288 pages; 280x221mm; full colour; 100-s photos, maps, charts, routes
At last! A fully comprehensive illustrated driver’s guide to the routes, tracks, sceneries, wildlife and facilities of the owrld’s greatest eco-park. With this in the car, every driver can plan their holiday to perfection.
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Block Printed Textiles of India
Eiluned Edwards; £45 HB, Slip-Case; Feb; 978-93-85285-03-5; 376 pages; 305x228mm; 320 colour photos; glossary, bibliography; index
This is the definitive guide to this ancient Indian art of block-printed textiles, from origins, to manufacture to catwalk and beyond. Every detail is considered in Dr Edward’s beautifully illustrated and comprehensive study.
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Kalahari Phototips
Hannes Lochner; £18.99 Flexi; Feb; 978-0-9946-7511-8; 160 pages; 215x215mm; all colour; 100 photos
The 5th in the series, this offers a masterclass in nature photography in arid regions by Hannes Lochner - the world’s acknowledged expert in the flora & fauna and pristine beauty of the Kalahari.
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Indian Tibet Tibetan India
Peter van Ham; £45 HB; Feb; 978-93-83098-93-4; 244 pages; 240x280mm; all colour; 280 colour photos, 50 b/w; maps, bibliography, index
In secluded and remote high-altitude valleys of breath-taking grandeur, the author has fastidiously recorded the refuges of the ancient Tibetan cultures of the Western Himalayas lying within the modern boundaries of India.
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Korea: Revealing the Beauty Within
Suh Jae-sik; £40 PB; Mar; 978-1-56591-479-7; 216 pages; 245x230mm; all colour; 235 photos
A spectacular photographic journey that sets out to reveal the inner essence of what makes Korea the extraordinary and unique place that it is. The photographer is a multi-award winner.
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Korean Painting: From Modern to Contemporary
Cho Eun-jung; £15.99 PB; Mar; 978-1-56591-347-9; 160 pages; 225x150mm; 100 colour photos
A concise, well-illustrated examination of the movements in Korean painting in the turbulent years following liberation from Japanese occupation to the entrenchment of democracy in the mid-1980s.
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Postmodern Art in Korea: from 1985 on
Chung Young-mok; £15.99 PB; Mar; 978-1-56591-349-3; 152 pages; 225x150mm; 100 colour photos
An excellent exposition of the complexities of post-modernism in Korean art and its relationship with the society in which it is inextricably bound, from the mid-1980s to the present day.
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Dead Men Do Come Back
Steven C Levi; £8.99 PB; May; 978-988-14584-4-5; 280 pages; 180x120mm
1910. Alaska. Why would someone kill a miner, freeze his body solid on a glacier and then drop it alongside the Juneau wharf, the one place where US Marshal Gordon Whitford would be sure to find it?
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Shank: Tool’s Law 1
Roy Harper; £8.99 PB; May; 978-988-14584-4-5-2; 280 pages; 180x120mm
David "Tool" Roney is a dangerous man with a moral code. Stuck in brutal Parchman Maximum Security Prison in Mississippi doing life, he’s consumed by two things – escape & revenge.
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Heist: Tool’s Law 2
Roy Harper; £8.99 PB; May; 978-988-14584-4-6-9; 280 pages; 180x120mm
Every outlaw has a dream: the perfect heist to end a life of crime. Tool has the perfect plan, but it involves risking the life of his sidekick and betraying the woman who saved him - a tough call for a tough dude.
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The German Messenger
David Malcolm; £8.99 PB; May; 978-988-14584-4-7-6; 280 pages; 180x120mm
Late 1916. Europe is tearing itself apart in the Great War. British secret agent, Harry Draffen’s hunt takes him from East London slums to Oxford Clleges, from the trenches to Scottish isolation in search of a phantom.
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A Straits Settlement
Brian Stoddart; £8.99 PB; May; 978-988-14584-4-8-3; 280 pages; 180x120mm
Third in the Inspector Le Fanu mystery series set in 1920s Madras under the Raj, in this one Le Fanu is sent across the Bay of Bengal and becomes embroiled in the activities of the Intelligence Service and Chinese secret societies.
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Great Houses of Calcutta
Joanne Taylor • Jon Lang; £25 Flexi; Feb; 978-93-83098-90-3; 328 pages; 369 b/w, 6 colour photos
A new view of this long-term capital of British India offering a fascinating insight into the lives of the Indian families made wealthy by Calcutta’s trade through the Great Houses that still prevail today.
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Princely Palaces of New Delhi
Sumanta K Bhowmick; £45 HB; Feb; 978-93-83098-91-0; 264 pages; 27 colour, 115 b/w photos
The first comprehensive assessment of the great palaces built on prime land in the new capital by the Maharajas at the invitation of the British Raj in time for the 1911 Durbar of King George V.
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