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荻窪活版室が9月に京都にやってきます!展示、販売、活版ワークショップなど京都のからふね屋で開催されます。詳しくはこちら

Although there are not so many letterpress places in Kyoto, that doesn’t mean letterpress isn’t happening in this city.

Ogikubo Letterpress is a collaborative event that had its first run in Tokyo in June. In September the event is coming to Karafuneya in Kyoto. The event includes an exhibition, workshops, and goodies for sale! Ogikubo Letterpress members are traveling from Tokyo and include Naoki Ikegami of Kotohogi Design, Michie Tanaka of Material Michemon, Kei Nishikawa, Yae Haga of 8plus, and Tamaki Hirakawa of Luftkatze Design.

Ogikubo Letterpress will run from September 5-18 with letterpress workshops scheduled for September 17 and 18. For details, check out the Ogikubo Letterpress blog.

Karafuneya ceased their letterpress printing operations in 2009 and no longer retains any of their letterpress equipment (yes, I asked!). However, the gallery (also a shop) still carries a fine selection of their original products as well as other innovative paper goods from some of my favorite places in Japan, including the Origata Design Institute.

Most paper specialty shops in Kyoto focus on traditional washi and designs, but if you want a taste of contemporary paper crafts and design, Karafuneya is a good place to start.

I couldn’t resist these paper plates by Wasara. Using pulp from sustainable resources such as bamboo, Wasara has created a line of elegant disposable dishware for your dining pleasure. They’re so beautiful I don’t even know if I could bear using them. You do, after all, have to chuck it once you’re done eating. (I can’t imagine what washing would reduce them to — a worthy experiment?) However, it seems very appropriate for a culture that appreciates the beauty of fleeting and ephemeral things.

I also picked up some envelopes made with original Karafuneya washi as well as some postcards created back during their letterpress days.

Many of the products displayed at Karafuneya are produced by the company Kami no Kousakujo (かみの工作所). Their mission is to take a sheet of paper and turn it into as many wonderful things as possible. Justine and Matt from Upon a Fold (the blog is a great read for art and paper lovers) recently visited the Kami no Kousakujo factory in Tokyo, and you can learn more about the company and see photographs from their visit here.

Justine has also recently written up a list of great paper places to visit in Kyoto. You can check out her recommendations here, featuring shops such as Uragu and Karacho.