The Japanese crochet book I posted about
has just about everyone flipping out to get it. And you really should, because it's awesome!
Since it's a Japanese book (ISBN 9784579111138), published in Japan, you have to get it from a Japanese distributor. I got mine at the Japanese bookstore Kinokunika in New York. You could also order it from a Japanese website, like Amazon jp.
Many people, like my friend Kuky
, have used Amazon Japan to get craft books. I haven't worked up the gumption to try it yet. I always think new things are 300% harder than they really are, though. But it *is* Amazon, for crying out loud, and they added English to their site since I looked last, so maybe I'll overcome my gumption deficit soon ... The book on Amazon.jp
(if there is a link that says "In English" in the top right or "To translate this page in English, Click here" is above the yellow buy button ... click it!)
This book is in Japanese. The only English are words in the book are "Page" and "Endpaper", but don't let that deter you. The illustrations and charts are amazing and clear. With even a beginner's knowledge of crochet, you'll be able to figure things out.
There is a ton of information about Japanese craft books on Crafting Japanese
. See the links under the heading "WHERE TO GET 'EM" for lots of great information.