John Dower first encountered Japanese family crests while working as an editor and book designer. His interest in them led him to devote several years to collecting and classifying them.
Books & Audio
A Handbook of Family Crests, Heraldry, and Symbolism
The Elements of Japanese Design is a library of traditional Japanese design motifs in the form of more than 2,700 family crests ( mon) compiled and drawn by a Kyoto publisher and bookseller early in the twentieth century, and… Read More
About the Author
John Dower is a professor emeritus of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His scholarly books on twentieth-century Japan and World War II in Asia have won various prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Bancroft Prize, the Fairbank Prize, and several Japanese awards for works in translation. Dower was the executive producer of the Academy Award–nominated documentary film Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima, which deals with the collaborative atomic-bomb artwork of Iri and Toshi Maruki. He is the cofounder and director of "Visualizing Cultures," a pioneer online project devoted to visualizing Japan and China in the modern world which has helped change the teaching of Asia at both university and pre-university levels.