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A few days ago I journeyed to Okayama City for the first time to visit Cifa-Cafe where the Bound in Japan exhibition will be held in October. It’s a gem of a place, but you’d be forgiven for overlooking its modest facade, especially with the presence of the Okayama Orient Museum and the Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art right across the street. Located on the third floor is Cifaka, a design firm, as well as their cafe and gallery — and there’s even an open terrace!

I was given a quick tour (it’s a small but delightful space) by Daisuke Sakumoto, the head of Cifaka, and then we sat down to discuss the details. Sakumoto-san is originally from Kagoshima — What are the odds I’d run into someone from Kagoshima in Okayama? Sometimes fate does impress me.

Sakumoto-san is a person who loves art and design, and I’m looking forward to working with him and Cifaka in the upcoming weeks!

The book art created during the workshops will be exhibited here at Cifa-Cafe. Join a workshop! Details here.





Book art and letterpress printing can each be considered an independent medium, but you can hardly think of one without calling to mind the other. Letterress printing has been gaining popularity in recent years, as evident by the many letterpress print shops and businesses sprouting up as well as the number of workshops and classes being offered. It is experiencing a revival, not only here in the United States but also in Japan.

The Kansai Movable Type Club (関西活倶楽部) is currently hosting its second letterpress expo (活版エキスポ), showcasing design and letterpress work being done by the creative people of Kansai. The expo is in Osaka and will run until Sunday, February 27. There are goodies for sell and workshops to inspire!

Here is the mission statement from the Club’s website. Long live letterpress!