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        The Japanese books about temari are nothing if not stunning. Obviously most of us are not fluent in the Japanese language, but that does not obscure using and/or collecting the books; the Japanese rely much more on diagram than text in instruction, so much can be interpreted. Many of the books are instructional, while others are presentation/commemorative albums. All are beautifully done.

        The most accurate way of referring to or identifying the books is with the ISBN numbers, even though we do have accurate English and Romanji translation. It's  recommended that to be absolutely certain when referring to a Japanese book, you include the last 4 digits of the ISBN.  There are several sources for Japanese books, but our primary one is Ai's Temari Store  (Kobe, Japan). You may be able to find them elsewhere on the web; cities with larger Japanese populations will often have Japanese book stores, worth checking out. Remember that these are Japanese books, in Japanese format: Japanese language (Kanji and Kana, not Romanized), and most read right to left, top to bottom (exceptions are noted). They are still wonderful for any temari maker; the diagrams in some books are so well done even beginners can benefit from and enjoy them though I suggest becoming a bit familiar with Temari using English resources before trying the Japanese books.          

        The directory is meant to be as complete a reference bibliography as possible to date, including out of print as well as currently available (the last known availability is included in each review). Entries prior to March 2014 (the majority) are listed in alphabetical order by translated English title. New titles added after March 2014 follow the initial listing (see page 2 of the listing). Each entry includes a brief content review and difficulty level. This is an extensive/comprehensive listing; as of December 2014 it has been divided into multiple pages. Each set will print (multiple pages, depending on scaling) in notebook format (right click and print). For a quick and concise list, try the Japanese-English cross reference.

       

kyoujyu
Japanese Title: Kyoujyu Temari  by Chiyoko Ozaki and Toshiko Ozaki
English Title: Master/Professor Temari
Copyright 1999, 14 (heavy stock) pages, soft cover; private publication by the Japan Temari Association.

Kyoujyu Temari commemorates and honors the 30 years since Ozaki-Sensei published the first Temari book Temari for 12 Months in 1968; 12 Months has been reprinted 46 times since the first release. In 1998 the JTA held a commemorative exhibition of Kyoujyu Level JTA members' work to honor the 30 years of Sensei's publishing temari books and teaching temari, concluding with publishing Kyoujyu Temari as a keepsake.
Tsuioku
Japanese Title: Tsuioku no Temari  by Chiyoko Ozaki
English Title: Recollections of Temari
ISBN4-8377-0891-9   Copyright 1992, 109 pgs, hard cover;   out of print

This is an beautiful overview of Ozaki Sensei's work. There is some descriptive text, but this is not an instruction book. It is however, chock-full of photos to admire and aspire to.

sanuki  Japanese Title: Sanuki Temari  by Eiko Araki  (Sanuki Kagari Temari Preservation Association)
English Title: Sanuki Kagari Temari
ISBN978-4-14-031173-8  Copyright 2010, 95 pages, hard cover;  Published by NHK 

Sanuki is a city in Kagawa Prefecture. This book is about the temari made with cotton threads dyed with local vegetation, and includes an overview of the dyeing process. Mari making, standard divisions and pattern designs are excellently presented in photos and diagrams. Note that the designs use the proprietary threads, but can be substituted. Technically a beginner's book, but a very solid presentation in modern form to be appreciated by all.
Shinshu  Japanese Title: Shinshu Temari  by Toshiko and Koichiro Ootani, and Chihoko Sakai
English title:  Shinshu Nagano Unbelievable Temari 
ISBN4-8377-0597-9    Copyright 1997,  71 pages, soft cover

Shinshu means the area around Nagano. Floral and geometric patterns; includes several patterns using swirls. Good for intermediates overall book, well rounded selection of patterns. Intermediate and advanced stitchers.
tanoshi   Japanese Title:   Tanoshii Temari Nyumon   by Chiyoko Ozaki
English Title:  Temari Lessons for Beginners
ISBN0072-13070-5615   Copyright 1978,  127 pages;   out of print

Another representative mix of basic to intermediate patterns and techniques; color photos of temari, black & white and diagrams for instructions. Part of a handcraft series.
children  Japanese Title:  Temari, Children's Series   by Nihon Temari no Kai & Toshiko Ozaki
English Title: Temari, Children's Series
ISBN4-89423-385-1   Copyright 2004, 32 pages, hard cover;  Bunkeido Co., Ltd. Educational Materials

      Part of a series about children's toys. Photos of themed temari relating to children's stories, holidays, the Chinese Zodiac... black & white photos of basic instruction for several beginner designs. Geared to the later elementary age child for education but the designs can be enjoyed by all. Published in Western format.
Four Seasons 1  Japanese Title:  Shiki no Temari Kagari   by Chiyoko Ozaki
English title:  Temari for Four Seasons Vol. 1
ISBN4-8377-0790-4   Copyright 1990,  146 pages, soft cover;  Macaw Publishing
    
Shiki means four seasons. General mix of styles for mostly geometric designs. Pattern diagrams are slightly more detailed than other books, but still for intermediate to advanced stitchers. One of the smaller square format books.

Four Seasons 2  Japanese Title: Zoku Shiki no Temari Kagari   by Chiyoko Ozaki
English title:  Temari for Four Seasons, Vol.2  
ISBN4-8377-0491-3   Copyright 1991, 145 pages, soft cover;  Macaw Publishing

Zoko means part 2; shiki means four seasons. An advanced book - includes some traditionally stitched balls, a lot of free-embroidery patterns including the Imperial Court; additional techniques like patchwork covered and appliqued balls, overall window wraps. One of the smaller square format books.
temari 12 vol 1 Japanese Title:  Temari Junikagatsu   by Chiyoko Ozaki
English title: Temari for Twelve Months, Vol.1
ISBN4-8377-0690-8   Original printing 1968, 153 pages, soft cover;  Macaw Publishing
     
Junikagetsu means 12 months. Ozaki Sensei's first temari book: the one that started it all, and it has been reprinted 46 times since it was first released. Basic techniques and stitches presented in photos and diagrams. Also includes instructions for making Koma, a Japanese hanging ornament. Beginner to intermediate stitchers. One of the smaller square format books.
temari 12 vol 2  Japanese Title: Zoku Temari Junikagetsu     by Chiyoko Ozaki
English title: Temari for Twelve Months, Vol. 2
ISBN4-8377-0591-X   Copyright 1991, 153 pages, soft cover;   Macaw Publishing
    
Zoko means part 2, junikagetsu means 12 months. Good selection of beginner to intermediate designs, traditionally Japanese. Photos of temari in use and being displayed in Japanese life; photo illustrations for making noisemaker, mari, working simple, C8 and C10 divisions, and stitch diagrams for basic elements. Patterns are included for Temari shown in the photos; different designs than Vol.1. One of the smaller square format books.
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Japanese Title: Zoku Kyoudo no Temari   by Chiyoko Ozaki
English title: Hometown Temari, vol 2
ISBN4-8377-0990-7    Copyright 1990, 145 pages, soft cover;     Macaw Publishing
     
Zoko means part 2, kyoudo means hometown. This is the follow-up to "Folk Art/Hometown Temari". Mostly geometrics, with some florals and pictorials; wide range of styles. Includes some photos of vintage temari. Color photos show working divisions; black & white photos & diagrams for stitches and patterns. Accomplished beginner to advanced intermediate level of difficulty, though advanced stitchers can enjoy it also. One of the smaller square format books.
shukogei
Japanese Title:  Temari - Shukogei Nyumon   by Chiyoko Ozaki
English Title: Temari - Handcraft Lessons for Beginners
ISBN2376-969356-3062   Copyright 1977, 174 pages, hard cover;   out of print

Covers the basic techniques and stitches/designs. Color plates of the temari, black& white photos and diagrams for instructions. Good mix of the traditional standard beginner to intermediate patterns. One of the smaller square format books.

Tanata Japanese Title: Temari Koshiji  by Hisako Tanaka
English Title: Temari
Copyright 2005, 68 pages, hard cover;   privately published.

An album book containing the works of this temari artist. Wonderful collections of black & white designs as well as indigo and white, in addition to other master-level work.
thimble flower  Japanese Title:  Yubinuki to Hana-temari-cho   by Yoko Takahara
English Title: Thimble Ring and Flower Temari
ISBN978-4-8377-0308-2  Copyright 2008, 104 pages, soft cover;    Macaw Publishing

A combination of both temari and yubinuki designs and instructions. About a third to half the book (42 pages) is devoted to Yubinuki instruction. Many of the Temari designs focus on applying yubinuki designs in woven and wrapped temari designs (as opposed to seeing yubinuki designs as obi on temari) and also Renzoku designs (the design travels through several or all quadrants of the mari). Intermediate to advanced for temari makers; yubinuki instructions from scratch for all.
Dentou  Japanese Title: Dentou no Temari   by Sasuke Endo
English Title: Traditional Temari
pre-ISBN0300-009030-3061  Copyright 1973,  115 pages, hard cover;  out of print

Basic instruction and traditional designs. Temari and techniques are introduced based on the area of the country they originate from. Color plates of temari, black & white photos and diagrams for instruction. Beginner to intermediate.
jta notebook Japanese Title: Temari - Seisaku Noto   Printed and distributed by the Japan Temari Association
English Title: Temari - Production Note

This is the workbook/notebook privately published by the Japan Temari Association. It is available through personal purchase at the JTA (no mail order). This is the notebook that is used in JTA classes for students to record their designs and working notes, and examined as much as your actual temari to evaluate your learning progress.  The pages are set up to provide pattern grids and blank areas to write your own notes, sketches, etc.
craft Japanese and English Title: Enjoy Craft   distributed by Fujix Thread Company

Two editions of a free booklet series that spotlights various needlework and sewing projects, using Fujix threads and supplies. Temari with Ozaki Sensei have been featured in these two editions, distributed at the JTA.


Zoku Kaga no Yubinuki to Hana Japanese Title:  Zoku Kaga no Yubinuki to Hana-temari-cho   by Yoko Takahara
English Title: Vol. 2 Thimble Ring and Flower Temari
ISBN978-4-8377-0114-9  Copyright 2014, 88 pages, soft cover;    Macaw Publishing

Second book combining Temari and Yubinuki instruction by Takahra Sensei. About a third of the book  is devoted to more Yubinuki instruction. The temari designs are floral geometrics; there are overlapping applications between temari and yubinuki. This is an advanced book on both counts, for both temari and yubinuki makers.
Dream 4 Dream in Temari 4, Editorial Supervisor Hiroko Inoue
privately published by the Japan Temari Cultural Association, 2013. A commemorative photographic album of members' work showing exquisite designs. There are no patterns in this book; for the advanced stitcher a wonderful source of inspiration and analytical study, including advanced multiface marking information. For everyone, a beautiful publication to admire. Hard cover, 63 pages.
Harmony 1
Harmony Temari 1, Editorial Supervisor Hiroko Inoue
privately published by the Japan Temari Cultural Association. Similar to Dream Temari, the Harmony series are anthologies of the JTCA members' works, not quite as intricate as those appearing in Dream Temari, yet still outstanding work. There are no patterns in this book; for the intermediate to advanced stitcher a wonderful source of inspiration and analytical study, including advanced multiface marking information. For everyone, a beautiful publication to admire. Soft cover, 34 pages, published in Western layout format.
harmony 2
Harmony Temari 2, Editorial Supervisor Hiroko Inoue
privately published by the Japan Temari Cultural Association. Similar to Dream Temari, the Harmony series are anthologies of the JTCA members' works, not quite as intricate as those appearing in Dream Temari, yet still outstanding work. There are no patterns in this book; for the intermediate to advanced stitcher a wonderful source of inspiration and analytical study, including advanced multiface marking information. For everyone, a beautiful publication to admire. Hard cover, 44 pages, published in Western layout format.
harmony 3
Harmony Temari 3, Editorial Supervisor Hiroko Inoue
privately published by the Japan Temari Cultural Association, 2008. Similar to Dream Temari, the Harmony series are anthologies of the JTCA members' works, not quite as intricate as those appearing in Dream Temari, yet still outstanding work. There are no patterns in this book; for the intermediate to advanced stitcher a wonderful source of inspiration and analytical study, including advanced multiface marking information. For everyone, a beautiful publication to admire. Hard cover, 47 pages, published in Western layout format.

KisoKagari Japanese Title:  Kiso no KagariKata kara Hajimeru Hajimete no Temari   by Toshiko Ozaki
English Title: Starting from Basic Stitching, Beginners Temari
ISBN978-4-416-31412-8  Copyright 2014, 95 pages, soft cover;  Seibundo Shinkosha Publishing Co.,Ltd

Both color photographs & color diagrams are used to illustrate basic skills and beginner patterns; color diagrams are used for the intermediate patterns. Very clearly organized and laid out; while written in Japanese, still a much more easy to follow book than the older titles; very good for "first Japanese Temari book" choice. Published in Western layout format.
Little Temari Japanese Title: Chiisana Temari to Kawaii Zakka, by Ayako Terashima
English Title: Small Temari and Cute Accessories
ISBN978-4-537-21226-6   Copyright 2014, 95 pages, soft cover; Nihon Bungeisha Publishers

Color photographs and diagrams are used to illustrate the basic steps and stitches of temari making, with the focus on smaller size temari. Project guidance is provided to use the temari to create personal & fashion accessories. Well organized & clearly presented. Published in Western layout format. On a personal note, working on smaller mari is a bit more difficult than the mid-to-larger sizes; based on that, this might not be the best choice for a beginning stitcher.
tamentai
Japanese Title: Tamentai no Temari  by The Japan Temarri Cultural Association, Editorial Supervisor Ayako Suzuki
English Title: Many Faces Temari
ISBN9787--4-8377-0215-3   Copyright 2015, 55 pages, hardcover;  Macaw Publishing

The JTCA (not to be confused with the JTA) has become known for their stunning books, and this is no exception. Nor is it for the feint of heart. Another gorgeous collection of advanced designs, this time including pattern instructions for 14 of the designs (JTCA books in the past have not usually included instructional materials) using higher-value divisions and multiple face markings. The book is in Japanese format. Beautiful to own and be inspired by; projects are for well-advanced stitchers.

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