Amigurumi...do you know what is? No, it isn't some kind of Japanese torture, it is KNITTING or Crocheting in Japanese! The Lion website had a reference to it, and I don't know what happened to my grandmother's collection. She had a friend who had crocheted a whole bunch of characters..dogs, cats etc that I used to play with. They were in her cabinet...I wish I knew what happened to them. She also had some that were made using kimono fabric too.
but, anyways...I find books like this in the Japanese book stores at the Japanese markets....they are always fascinating to me...I hope you find them fascinating too.