My friend Liz came back from Japan and brought me this book as a gift. It has become one of my favorites. The book is full of intricate pattern-full etchings of trees, birds, girls with umbrellas, mountains and clocktowers. It is so inspiring as a pattern designer and I have already made so many patterns based on imagery from this book. This book not so easy to find in the US although you can get it on amazon.co.uk. I found a few Keiko Minami prints up for bid on ebay. After much bidding I finally won one and it is amazing. Keiko Minami was born in 1911 and was named official artist of the United Nations in 1959.