I don't think I would have found this book on my own but as it was set for my book club next month I sort it out. Firstly I tried the council library, I found I was 157 on the waiting list. (Must be something about this book.) So then I ordered a copy from the U.K. It arrived yesterday and I don't seem to have had a lot of sleep since then. It is called "The Hare with Amber Eyes" by Edmund De Waal.
I love minitures, so when I found it was about netsuke my interest was peaked. Then I got carried away with the story.
The beauty of the carvings just blew me away.
I then went looking to see if this art form still exists, it does and I found this wonderful article in "The Japan Times."
I think the price of these pieces would be far outside what I could afford but I can still look or even purchase a cheap replica.