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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!


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.