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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 first Bound in Japan workshop in Okayama Prefecture!


This past Saturday we made flag books in Okayama City at the Okayama Civic Hall. The Civic Hall is situated on an outer bend of the Asahigawa River as it curves around Kourakuen Garden, a very picturesque location. We had participants from Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom who are currently residents of Okayama City, Yakage, Kasaoka, Maniwa, and Takamatsu City (from the neighboring prefecture of Kagawa).


Most of the non-native residents have been here in Japan for about a year and a half, and one of them is just starting his new life in Okayama. A prevalent theme in their books was “family.” They’re not talking about blood relations here; these are the people who help them feel grounded in their lives in Japan. Their “families” include friends, neighbors, and colleagues — both Japanese and non-Japanese.


It was a small group, and we all got to know each other better through the books being made and conversation.


Their books will be on display at the Bound in Japan exhibition at Cifa Café from October 1-10. Come and see for yourself a part of their stories through their book art!