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[日本語]

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。

とても遅れていますが、最後の二つのワークショップの写真を皆さんにシェアしたいと思います。今回の展示で紹介されたブクアートは半分以上は真庭市と津山市で開いたワークショップの作品でした。

ワークショップを開くたびに、参加者一人一人のオリジナリティーや才能に感動します。普段は作り物をしないにもかかわらず、参加者全員は素敵な本を作りました。今回は何人かのアーティストとデザイナーもワークショップに参加しました。自分がいつも作っているものと違って、彼らはブックアートを楽しんでいる様子を見詰め、その喜びを分かち合うことができて私も嬉しいです。

ワークショップのインストラクターとして、「どれが一番好きですか」などの質問をよく聞かれます。私の答えはいつも、「どれも好きです」と。それはお世辞ではないです。それぞれの本はユニークなところがあるからこそ、それぞれの素晴らしさや魅力が感じられます。

First day in Tsuyama

After a very eventful summer, I am finally here in Okayama Prefecture, the last stop of Bound in Japan. It’s my first week here, and I have been spending my time between Tsuyama and Maniwa cities.

As I am preparing for all the activities ahead, I’ve also been meeting some of the people who will be joining me for a workshop later this month. This is the first time so far that I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of the participants in advance, and I’m happy that I have this chance to get to know them better.

Tomorrow I’m making a trip to Okayama City to check out the Cifa Cafe gallery where the Bound in Japan exhition will be held. Super exciting!

Workshop details here.

先週岡山県に到着!ここはバウンド・イン・ジャパンの最終地です。今は津山市と真庭市で活動していて、今月のワークショップに参加する人々と会ったりワークショップの準備をしたりしています。明日はシファカフェのギャラーを視察しに岡山市に行ってきます!

ワークショップの案内はこちら