Fruits, Shoichi Aoki's photographic study of Tokyo street style, which focused on young people in the Harajuku district. (You might have also heard about Harajuku if you listened to Gwen Stefani's first album, Love, Angel, Music, Baby. Her song "Harajuku Girls" is where I first encountered the word kawaii - "'Cause it's super kawaii, that means super cute in Japanese!") I found these fresh & funky fashions amusing & delightful, & I became a dedicated follower of all things kawaii & Japanese style. Happily, there are items in the ABC Libraries' catalog to meet my needs!
Some examples of Japanese (crafting) style:
Furoshiki Fabric Wraps: Simple-Reusable-Beautiful by Pixeladies
Omiyage: Handmade Gifts from Fabric in the Japanese Tradition by Kumiko Sudo
Temari: How to Make Japanese Thread Balls by Diana Vandervoort
A Japanese Touch for the Seasons by Kunio Ekiguchi and Ruth S. McCreery
Japan Crafts Sourcebook: A Guide to Today's Traditional Handmade Objects by Japan Craft Forum
The Beginner's Guide to Braiding: The Craft of Kumihimo by Jacqui Carey
Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments by Shufu to Seikatsusha
Cut-Up Couture by Koko Yamase
Some examples of kawaii, mostly in crafting:
Hello Please!: Very Helpful and Super Kawaii Characters from Japan by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi by June Gilbank.
Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts- Fuzzy Felted Friends by Saori Yamazaki
Stitchy Kitty Fuzzy Puppy: 60 Motifs to Stitch Everywhere by Ayako Otsuka
Fleece Dog by Nobuko Nagakubo
Amigurumi Toy Box by Ana Paula Rímoli
Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat by Kaori Tsutaya
Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi: More than 40 Itty-Bitty Minis to Knit, Wear, and Give by Anna Hrachovec
Happy Gloves: Charming Softy Friends Made from Colorful Gloves by Miyako Kanamori
Sock and Glove: Creating Charming Softy Friends from Cast-Off Socks and Gloves by Miyako Kanamori
Not Japanese, but totally cute!
Knit Your Own Cat: Easy-to-Follow Patterns for 16 Frisky Felines by Sally Muir and Joanne Osborne
Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-Off Socks by John Murphy