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Mitsuhiko Imamori’s first foray into the world of paper cuts was during his elementary school days. Mitsuhiko Imamori was — and is — a nature enthusiast, and during those childhood years, he spent endless hours cutting bugs, birds, plants, and other natural forms out of paper.

His scissors were laid to rest for about thirty years before he began to make paper cuts again. He has since become famous not only for his paper cuts but also for his photography.

From August 17, a collection of his paper cut art from the past fifteen years can be viewed at Museum “Eki” Kyoto, located on the 7th floor of the Isetan Department Store in Kyoto Station. The exhibition is titled “Magic Scissors: The Paper Cuts of Mitsuhiko Imamori.”


Although there are not so many letterpress places in Kyoto, that doesn’t mean letterpress isn’t happening in this city.

Ogikubo Letterpress is a collaborative event that had its first run in Tokyo in June. In September the event is coming to Karafuneya in Kyoto. The event includes an exhibition, workshops, and goodies for sale! Ogikubo Letterpress members are traveling from Tokyo and include Naoki Ikegami of Kotohogi Design, Michie Tanaka of Material Michemon, Kei Nishikawa, Yae Haga of 8plus, and Tamaki Hirakawa of Luftkatze Design.

Ogikubo Letterpress will run from September 5-18 with letterpress workshops scheduled for September 17 and 18. For details, check out the Ogikubo Letterpress blog.