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Today was the last day of “a house is not a home” — the Bound in Japan exhibition in Okayama. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the exhibition, both the workshop participants who created the book art and the visitors who added their own touches to the exhibition.

This is much belated, but I do want to share some of the photos from the last two workshops which were held in Maniwa City and Tsuyama City. Especially since they account for two-thirds of the books that were on display!

As always, I was impressed by the originality of each person’s book and by their hidden talents. It was as if they were just waiting for the opportunity to flex their creative muscle. There were also a few participants who are artists and designers by profession. They clearly enjoyed exploring a different method of art making, and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing their joy.

As the instructor, I am often asked which book I like best or which book I think is good. My answer to such questions is that all the books are special. It’s not because I am trying to be diplomatic. It’s because there really is something unique about each book that I love. The beauty is in the differences. In how everyone can share the same experience and yet somehow make it their own.

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今日はバウンド・イン・ジャパンの展示「a house is not a home」の最終日でした。ブックアート制作者の皆さん、そして来客の皆さんに誠にありがとうございました。




The Bound in Japan exhibition in Okayama opens tomorrow! It runs for only 10 days so make sure you stop by! There is book art to discover, space to ponder the meaning of home, and the opportunity to make your own book.

a house is not a home
a Bound in Japan exhibition

2011.10.1 Saturday – 2011.10.10 Monday
Cifa Cafe, Okayama City
11:30AM – 6:30PM

Check out the exhibition on Cifa Cafe’s blog here.



a house is not a home
a Bound in Japan exhibition

2011.10.1 Saturday – 2011.10.10 Monday
11:30 – 18:30



a house is not a home
a Bound in Japan exhibtion

Last year, over 64 million passengers traveled through Haneda Airport, making it the fifth busiest airport in the world. This figure includes both domestic and international passengers.

We’ve become a very mobile society. Japanese travel all over the world, and the world comes to Japan. As we move across time zones and borders, through different landscapes and cultures, how do we maintain a sense of self, a sense of home and belonging?

We do this by keeping an open mind and an open heart. I often prefer to think of myself simply as a citizen of the world, rather than that of any particular nation. The earth is my home, and wherever I am, I can find my own space, make my own community.

During these past eight years, Japan has been my second home. It’s also become the home for many others who, like me, have traveled across oceans and long distances to be here. Likewise, there are Japanese who have found home in other countries.

Each time we travel, we are growing and learning. And even after we have returned, our world does not shrink to its former proportions. Instead, it remains expanded, and we are richer in knowledge and understanding, both of the world and of ourselves.

The book art in this exhibition represents the stories and journeys of those who call Japan home, both Japanese and non-Japanese. I hope you enjoy learning about them, and I also hope that you will share your own story with us.

A project by artist Thien-Kieu Lam, Bound in Japan aims to provide a creative forum for native and non-native residents of Japan to interact and learn from each other through the production and sharing of art.

a house is not a home
a Bound in Japan exhibition

去年、羽田空港の国内外線を利用した旅行客は6400万人を超え、世界中でよく利用される空港の中で 5位だったそうです。