I just found out a few days ago that there’s such a thing as the Tokyo Art Book Fair. And my acquaintance Jennie Hinchcliff of Red Letter Day will be an exhibitor this year! Jennie is a great book/zine artist who loves mail art and often incorporates Japanese elements into her work. Many thank to her for sharing this information.

When I first started working on Bound in Japan in 2008, I did a lot of research on book arts in Japan. And given its long-established traditions of papermaking, printmaking, and bookmaking, I was quite surprised–and disappointed–by how little I was able to find on contemporary book arts in Japan. Either I was looking in all the wrong places, or book arts have become much hotter since then! Recently, some cursory google searches have also yielded a lot more results. It’s incredibly exciting.

The Tokyo Art Book Fair is the brainchild of Zine’s Mate, established last year by Utrecht and Paperback for just that purpose–to organize Tokyo’s first large-scale art book fair. Looks like they’re on the right track. The fair is back this year from July 30 to August 1. Hopefully, there will be many more to follow!

I can’t make it to the fair this year, but if all goes well, I will be in Japan for the next one. Since Bound in Japan is a book art project, the fair is sure to be a resource and inspiration!