A few weeks ago I discovered that a centennial celebration of Tasha's life (she would have been 100 this coming August) was going on at the Tasha Tudor Mini Museum in Japan and was inspired to look for a book about Tasha in Japanese.
Because yes! The Japanese love Tasha Tudor. Her old fashioned life, the beauty she created with her home, garden and illustration, her unique vision of a life lived on her own terms--- these values don't just speak to Americans, but to others around the world.
The Japanese have such an appreciation for beauty and arm and well lived life, that they are also drawn to Tasha. And since I love the natural Japanese aesthetic and Tasha Tudor, well, the combination was too much to pass up! And so when I saw this book on Amazon, I had to buy it and see for myself how Tasha translates in Japanese.
And though I can't read the text, the lovely photos, the simple and beautiful layout and the thoughtfully arranged art and words I am very happy with this new addition to my Tasha library, and thought you might enjoy a little glimpse as well!
The book was lovingly put together by Hayao Isuhara who, along with Masako Meshino, opened up the Tasha Tudor Mini Museum in Yamanashi, Japan. If you'd like to find out more about the mini museum, you can visit their website, here. The Tasha Tudor and Family Facebook page also shared several photos of the opening of the centennial celebration if you'd like to see the photos and texts in English. The photos in the book are by Richard Brown. There are also some illustrations of Tasha's that I dont recall seeing before.
Luckily, a friend's uncle has lived in Japan for many years and he was able to translate the cover for our benefit. According to Uncle Jack (thanks, Uncle Jack!!) The cover says:
" Words from Tasha Tudor Special Edition-
Enjoy that you are living yourself. I don't care how old I look to other people. I can live my life in my dignified manner even though I am 90 years old. If I do what I can do now. This is the special book artist Tasha wrote about her own sense of values."
As for me, I think it's so wonderful that people across the world from each other can come together in shared interests, all combined in the fascinating person that was Tasha Tudor. I'd love to see a future collaboration where Japanese books and English language books can be translated both ways, and perhaps we fans can unite in out interests as well. Because even though the sun goes down here in the US, and the sun is already up on Wednesday in Japan, there are Tasha fans in both places....perhaps sitting down with a cup of hot tea, curling up with a good book, and getting ready to "Take Joy."
Thanks for joining me for Tasha Tuesday, friends!~