Inspired by a deep admiration of the country’s traditional crafts, designers Uwe Röttgen and Katharina Zettl embarked on a six-month journey around Japan, equipped with cameras and a campervan.
Visiting the workshops of paper makers, bamboo artists, iron casters and more, Uwe and Katharina traversed the Japanese landscape and learned the remarkable stories of the artisans who are keeping centuries-old traditions alive with their creativity and skill.
The result of the trip is Craftland Japan, a breathtaking voyage through the craft studios of a culturally rich country. But how did the project go from road trip to bookshelf-ready? We spoke to the authors, as well as the team here at Thames & Hudson. From mountain landscapes to our London office, here’s how the book came to be.