all my japanese craft books and their isbn’s

I thought it might be fun and, maybe helpful to some, to show and tell all my japanese craft books and their ISBN numbers. I just discovered (thanks Cindy!) that you can order many of these books through The interface is in English, the checkout is super easy and they have FREE shipping for orders over $39. Score! So if you don’t have Kinokuniya or Mitsuwa nearby you can still get in on the japanese crafty goodness.

It’s so much cheaper to get these books on YesAsia than Kitty’s on ebay. And it’s fun to do the sleuthing.. for example I thought this book on Kitty’s looked cool. So I discovered if there is any English on the cover at all it’s not that hard to find on A search for "cotton paint" led me right to it. Then with the ISBN I found it over on YesAsia.. $11.43!! It sold for $31 plus $14.30 shipping on Kitty’s. Of course then I forgot to order it when I put in my YesAsia order. duh. Oh, and I should mention – this is my first time ordering with them. But I’ve heard good things.

So here are the ones I have

My beloved Patchwork book457911020X


cute little stuffie book Myra sent me…483476348X. Sadly they don’t seem to have this one at YesAsia but do over at, here.


cross-stitch book I got for Christmas…4277370055


new style of sashiko…4277341063


Stuffed Toys Easy to Make – this is where I got the scottie dog pattern…4834719227, not on yesasia but on here


Anytime, Anywhere Teddy Bear, another Christmas present ๐Ÿ™‚ … 4579107616 only on


Flower Accessory – my first Japanese craft book that my sweet Mom bought me from Kitty’s…4277462618


Sashiko Zakka…4277341071


Palm Sized Stuffies from Jen…4834722449


Teddy Bear…427756108X


A quilting book of house patterns that I just bought (more on it later)…4529040984


bag book…4529040011


Mascot Album…4277552056.. on here . And here are some pics from it over on Kitty’s. This is the book with the puppy purse pattern.


So if anyone else out there want to share their ISBNs too that’d be super cool. Subvert the system man!

65 thoughts on “all my japanese craft books and their isbn’s

  1. Jennifer in Tokyo says:

    Go, Hillary! I choked every time I saw what those books went for on Kitty’s. In general, I think book prices here are far better than in the U.S. for similar-looking books. Most of the excellent craft and quilting books are in the $10-$16 range. Awesome that you got free shipping. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Mariko says:

    Excellent idea! I will do the same once I get my act together (which could take a while). I have looked at YesAsia before, but I haven’t ordered anything … yet!

  3. Heidi says:

    I cannot thank you enough for this info! I would like to tell you (and everyone) that I also found an online coupon for $5 off a purchase of $30 or more, just enter code SFIAAFF2005 into the coupon code box at checkout! Thanks to you I was able to order (3) aranzi aronzo books for $40.00!!! That includes the $5 off and free shipping!! Thank you so much, do you mind if I post about this on my blog tomorrow (giving you credit of course!) The way I found the books I wanted was to open up several windows at once, one I had, one I had the aranzi aronzo website, and also the yesasia, for some reason I couldnt find the books when i searched aranzi aronzo, because they have it listed as aranji, but anyway i found lots without pics, so I clicked on the name, cut and pasted the USBN into which always had the photo, then looked for the matching photo on arazi aronzo website–where they had a description..So I could make sure I was ordering the correct books! Anyhow hope that makes sense!! Thanks for making my night!

  4. Sandra says:

    Wow Hillary, thanks for the tip and for sharing all your Japanese books! I’ll try and do the same on my blog tin a day or so. I have bought Japanese books and fabric in the past from Megumi whose eBay seller ID is: “meg_pomaikai” (really great service!)

  5. mylaar says:

    thanks for posting those!!! i once spent a week (literally – a few hours every day for a whole week) searching through looking for the “mascot album” just by finding things that seemed similar and checking that sort of “people who liked this book also bought these” link, and then matching up the kanji with the image of the cover. sheesh!
    i’m very interested to see your post on the house-quilt patterns…

  6. Kay says:

    Thanks so much for sharing/enabling! I’m new to this particular addiction but the shipping from Korea, and the wait time, was killing me!
    xoxo Kay

  7. Heidi says:

    Whoah! Thank you for doing this, and thank you for the links, I had no idea there was an easy way to get my hands on the Japanese craftbooks I’ve been eyeing everywhere!

  8. hillary says:

    Betty – they’re all in japanese, but with lots of diagrams.
    Amy – nope, no disappointments, lots of good stuff. I don’t think I could pick favorites. I love all my pretty books! I haven’t made that many things out of them though. I’m much more into making my own patterns these days, but I have daydreams of a later-in-life self, retired maybe, crafting up a storm and making every single thing in these books. Maybe I’ll have learned japanese by then!
    Amy has some great books, one on bags and one on embroidery over on angrychicken
    Thanks Heidi for the head’s up on the coupon! sweet!
    Thanks Bellablue, Maitreya & Heatherica for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks Sandra for the ebay tip – she has some beautiful kimono fabrics up for sale.

  9. Lisa says:

    this is fantastic–i have been drooling over the patchwork book since you posted it. i have a japanese bookstore here in town (SF, CA), and they carry some of these books, but not the patchwork one! now there is hope for me to acquire it! thank you!

  10. Jane says:

    You are a total craft goddess for sharing this. I’ve been so frustrated recently trying to get hold of some these wonderful books and was thinking there MUST be a way. Well, you’ve showed us all.

  11. kelly says:

    Thanks Hillary! What a great idea to share this… Between Yes Asia and Crescent-Shop, we should be able to get most anything from Japan! How dangerous is that?!? I’ll try to get my Japanese craft books up too – I’ve got quite a few.

  12. Cinnamon says:

    Even though I never make bags from patterns, I find looking at Japanese craft books very inspirational, so I just had to go check out more photos at YesAsia and after an email with Amy from AngryChicken and seeing the photos online that I came across, I just had to swallow my craft diet pride and spend $50 on books. I can’t wait for them to show up. Woo hoo! Thanks, Hillary. You’re such a wonderful dear.

  13. kristen says:

    my eyes have been opened…i had NO idea there were so MANY books of japanese crafty goodness and that so many people knew about them. i’m not sure if becoming aware of this new realm of cuteness is going to be good for my budget. thanks for sharing!

  14. madame ugly says:

    Thanks to everyone who posted their ISBN’s.
    I never knew there were so many cool books out there.
    I’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of the things I’m interested in.
    Now to find that guy I met who knows Japanese.

  15. Helen says:

    wow, thanks so much for the YesAsia, much easier than me trying to bumble my way round the site, however my wallet, really didn’t need to see this site ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. DaphneD says:

    I just started to get interrested by japanese craft books, I just bought 11 books on amazon and I just wanted to know if you think it’s the cheapest way to find good books.
    My sister said to me that with, we don’t have to pay shipping costs, but I paid 6000 Yen…
    Is it normal, or is there any other ways to pay less or no shipping fees???
    And other question, Do you use sewing machine to do your puppies and other stuff or do you do it by hand??? Or both…
    I know it seems to be crazy to ask you all these question, but I just started a new “art”, and, I don’t know anything about it…
    Well, whatever, i wish you a very good, and i thank you for answering to these quite stupids enormous questions…
    Daphne Deleuze, Belgium…

  17. Amy says:

    Does any one know of any one who has some pet accessory patterns that they have scanned that are online or they can send me. I love these japanese craft patterns for dogs.

  18. Christine says:

    You can also find a huge selection of craft books at Mitsuwa – a Japanese marketplace near Woodfield Mall outside of Chicago. They also have a delicious food court!

  19. minka says:

    Wow…. Just wanted to thank you for sharing about I’m in Toronto and have been hoping for some of those amazing Japanese craftbooks, but when I calculated the shipping in, gave up the idea. Now I just orderd too many books… (grin). BTW, I also let Amy of know about the shipping sale from I hope you don’t mind.

  20. Melissa says:

    I was wondering with the scotty dog craft book, if you can just follow along with the diagrams and not have to read the japanese? because i cant read japanese, but i really want to make one!
    please reply…

  21. Betty says:

    Still trying to track down that book , Children’s Room-Stockholm. I have a 6 month old & it’s time to spice up her peaceful den.
    Any help SO appreciated.

  22. Tania says:

    Hi Hilary – I have just ordered my first lot of Japanese craft magazines from yesasia – the cheapest way to buy them from Australia. No one seems to have them here – I own a retail craft book shop and none of my supplier can access them – I asked yesasia for a whole sale account but they only offer a 10% discount if you want to order over $1000.00US – I don’t think my old patchwork ladies would appreciate the potential of these mags – so I will just have to order for myself and share any pics you may not have on my weblog. I have just published my weblog yesterday, I am a first timer, so I would appreciate any comments you have. Cheers Tania – for Oz

  23. Jen Scott says:

    Thank you for sharing your fun Japanese books Hilary – I didn’t get to read all of the comments but was wondering: for someone who doesn’t read Japanese, could I still follow the instructions in these books if I were to get one? The crafts look like so much fun!

  24. Liz says:

    Oh my goodness !
    Thank you SOOOO much for posting all of this ! I discovered the fun of the mini Japanese felt animals a month or two ago but have had no luck in finding the books until now !
    I now have some wonderful books to look forward to having delivered at the end of this month.
    Thank you thank you thank you !

  25. Hannah says:

    yesasia is offering a $5 coupon for US customers until July 31, 2007.
    Dear Valued Customer,
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    How to redeem your US$5 Coupon:
    Simply enter the coupon code “US” during the checkout process, and you will save US$5 off any purchase over US$30. This coupon expires July 31, 2007, so don’t wait too long!
    I used the coupon the other day and also got free shipping because my order was over $25.

  26. snew says:

    i came across this wonderful site…i was wondering if you knew where to get this book:
    Mascot album of a memory
    you have it listed but it is not available on the site you listed anymore…any suggestions? i really want the deer patterns!!!

  27. laura says:

    I have recently discovered Japanese patterns, btw, I live in Okinawa, Japan. I bought a few patterns the other day but have not tried them so far. In a pinch I should be able to find a nice soul to help me translate them.

  28. Kathy says:

    I tried to order the Stuffed toys easy to make Japanese book at but at the checkout they said they don’t ship to me (Canada) Is there any place in the states that I could order it? I really, really want the pattern for the Scottie.

  29. Katie says:

    Fab website!!! I was wondering – where can I get the Mascot Album…4277552056. I cannot find it on yesasia and would love to purchase? HELP!!!
    Thank you

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