Tag : Japan

Happy 11th Blogiversary!

It's that time of year - this little blog of mine is 11 years old!In keeping with my custom of following the schedule of traditional and modern anniversary gifts, I will be giving myself fashion jewelry or something made of steel. Okay, so that jewelry thing isn't going to happen

MUSUBU: Tokyo: California: Urawa

I recently found out via the Book Arts Listserv (thanks to Jody Alexander) that there's a collaborative book arts exhibit involving the San Francisco Bay Area and Tokyo. The exhibit will be at the Urawa Art Museum, Urawa-ku, Saitama, Japan and runs from September 12 -24, 2017. The exhibit will eventually

Gocco Manhoru

I recently crossed something off my Book Arts Bucket List - I completed my first Gocco edition! We're just going to ignore the fact that I've had my Gocco since 2008.So what motivated the project? The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is in the midst of hosting a challenge where participants create an

Peace Kannon

I recently completed a book as part of the monthly bookbinding challenge on Instagram called Are You Book Enough? Each month, a theme is chosen and participants create a book incorporating that theme. Bookbinders are encouraged to share their process and final books on Instagram using the tag #areyoubookenough. February’s theme was peace.It

Liam’s Red Dragon

Warning: This is a long post about a book that took me a long time to finish. I really wanted to punch it in the face. But it was a book and didn't have a face, which sucked.The making of the book was put in motion by a monthly bookbinding challenge on Instagram

The Awesomeness of Goshuinchou

Something I discovered during my trip to Japan was an awesome book-related dealie known as goshuincho. It's kinda like the U.S.'s National Park Passport Program, but for Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.A goshuincho is a book used to record visits to temples and/or shrines. It's proof that you've made a sacred pilgrimage and

Trip to Ryozo Paper, Echizen

My trip to Echizen almost ended in paper tragedy - at first, we were unable to get into a papermaking studio.When we arrived at Papyrus House, we were given a map that listed a number of studios. When I asked which studio they recommended for a visit, we were told

Trip to Papyrus House, Echizen

We started our Echizen paper journey at Papyrus House. It's kind of a mush of an information center, store, workshop space, and exhibit hall. The building exterior is nondescript and doesn't come close to indicating what's inside. You could just walk right by it and never realize it was there.But holy crap -

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