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The Okayama Bound in Japan exhibition “a house is not a home” ended on Monday, October 10. For those of you who were not able to visit in person and for those of you who would like to reminisce, here are more photos of the exhibition.

I love how the cafe opens directly into the gallery. The moment you step through the door, you become a part of this encompassing environment.

A space within a space. Here, visitors can add their own definitions of home.

The book art made by workshop participants.

Visitors can also make their own book, to keep or to add to the exhibition. A single sheet of paper folded into a book titled 地球人の旅 (An earthling’s journey) where the maker can share a bit about their travels and places they have lived and visited.

Step by step instructions via pictures!

The exhibition statement. The left window houses the English text, the right window the Japanese. You can read the statement here.

A glimpse of Cifa Cafe from within the “home.”


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。