I love Japanese craft books because they are full of gorgeous designs and are beautifully illustrated. It helps that I read Chinese characters and a bit of Japanese when I pore over them. But one probably can get by without understanding Japanese as the books are full of fantastic charts and diagrams. I purchased them from either cdjapan or yesasia online. These book are addictive. Before I know, I’ve already collected a shelfful of Japanese books on crochet, knitting, sewing, embroidery and zakka. It’s just so pleasant and relaxing to browse through them in a comfy chair.