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THE LATEST NEWS

Jun 4, 2021

Now in stock at both EU and USA shipping locations, Takato Yamamoto's new book "Japonesthetique". All pre-orders have already been shipped out. I'll be adding new images, descriptions, etc., soon and will just edit this text out when I'm done. :) But for now, differences!

The differences between the regular and limited edition:
REGULAR EDITION

Takato Yamamoto Japonesthetique Regular Edition
paper dust jacket
cream color gloss accent text
bar code on back cover
Takato Yamamoto Japonesthetique Regular Edition Book
muted purple
embossed paper board
book cover
Takato Yamamoto Japonesthetique Regular Edition Signature
signed directly
on the title page

LIMITED EDITION

Takato Yamamoto Japonesthetique Limited Edition
paper dust jacket
purple color gloss accent text
no bar code on back cover
Takato Yamamoto Japonesthetique Limited Edition Book
lilac purple
embossed satin fabric
book cover
Takato Yamamoto Japonesthetique Limited Edition Signature
signed & numbered
on vellum page (not present in reg. ed.)

Limited edition also states on the publishing info pages that it is a limited edition of 500 pieces.

Side by side photo of the two books (without dust jackets) to further show the contrast between Limited Edition (left) and Regular Edition (right).
Takato Yamamoto Japonesthetique Book Comparison


May 29, 2021

Just added, 48 brand new, original, copic marker drawings by Shintaro Kago. Each drawing is on a piece of shikishi board (used for traditional Japanese calligraphy). Two of them are a larger size - 9.52" x 10.75" (24.2 x 27.3cm) - and all the rest are the same size as the 2019 copic marker originals - 7.125" x 8.35" (18.1 x 21.2cm).
Located at akatako's EU shipping location. (USA shipping special is now over.)

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May 28, 2021

Three brand new Shintaro Kago manga have just been added - two previously sold out and one just published last month! Each one is SIGNED inside the front cover. EU is in stock now and USA will receive mid-June.

Shintaro Kago Any Chance of a Kiss on the Road to School? Experiment SIGNED
"Any Chance of a Kiss..."
Shintaro Kago Ibutsu Konnyu SIGNED
"Ibutsu Konnyu"
Shintaro Kago Cities and Infrastructure SIGNED
"Cities and Infrastructure"

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May 13, 2021

Just added for PRE-ORDER, Takato Yamamoto's brand new book "Japonesthetique". Deeply exploring his roots and love for Ukiyo-e and traditional Japanese imagery, "Japonesthetique" is his own particular sense of aesthetics and Japonisme combined into an iconic book of geisha, samurai, demons, shunga, ghosts, spring scenes in kimono and everything you think of meaning "traditional Japan" (but still with his modern, crisp lines).

Signed regular edition is available as well as a few copies of the already sold out limited edition version. Arrival is expected early June +/-.
Folding fan is in stock and available now!

Takato Yamamoto Japonesthetique PRE-ORDER
"Japonesthetique"
regular edition
Takato Yamamoto Japonesthetique Limited Edition PRE-ORDER
"Japonesthetique"
limited edition
Takato Yamamoto Folding Fan Japonesthetique
Japonesthetique
folding fan

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Apr 22, 2021

Just arrived to USA shipping location again, two gorgeous Hajime Kinoko books!
◆ "Oni Kinbaku" is a luxurious hardcover book in a paper board slip case. 148 pages with a full range of kinbaku styles - understated traditional to conceptual modern. Signed and numbered limited edition of 500 pieces.
◆ "Wayou Kinbaku Miyabi" is a softcover book of 204 pages that focuses on traditional style kinbaku, seeking out the height of elegance in settings, kimono, techniques, ropes - everything! Also includes English language afterword revealing Kinoko san's inspirations.

Hajime Kinoko Oni Kinbaku SIGNED
Hajime Kinoko
Oni Kinbaku SIGNED
Hajime Kinoko Wayou Kinbaku Miyabi SIGNED
Hajime Kinoko
Wayou Kinbaku Miyabi SIGNED

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Apr 13, 2021

A few SIGNED copies of Tama's "best of" collector edition book "Rosette" have just been added. Includes 66 full color artworks from from 2005 to 2017 (four of which were previously unpublished!). A must have for any fan of her cute and dark watercolor artworks.

Tama Rosette SIGNED
Tama Rosette
(slipcase cover)
Tama Rosette SIGNED
Tama Rosette
(inside page)
Tama Rosette SIGNED
Tama Rosette
(inside page)

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Apr 9, 2021

FINALLY back in stock, Namio Harukawa's "GARDEN of DOMINA" book! A bilingual (Japanese/English) story on the left page and an illustrative monochrome drawing on the right page. About 80 artworks.

Namio Harukawa Garden of Domina Namio Harukawa Garden of Domina - inside pages

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Apr 7, 2021

Two Em Nishizuka books new to AkaTako (actually published a couple years ago) have just been added! I've bought up all the remaining stock of these two so once they sell out, they can't be restocked. "Gray Sacred" is a bit more conceptual with an androgynous god theme and accompanying morbid poems (in Japanese). "Portrait 3" is full of caterpillar scarves, cute nurses, and botanical illustrations. BOTH are signed in black marker!

Em Nishizuka Gray Sacred SIGNED
Em Nishizuka
Gray Sacred
Em Nishizuka Portrait 3 SIGNED
Em Nishizuka
Portrait 3

Also added, improved and additional images of her "The Illegal Underland" book. Softcover book of 120 pages includes over 70 artworks PLUS several short (full color) manga stories.

Em Nishizuka The Illegal Underland
"The Illegal Underland"
front cover
Em Nishizuka The Illegal Underland
"The Illegal Underland"
inside pages

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