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The first Kyoto workshop was scheduled for today, but unfortunately this weekend’s workshops have been canceled due to low registration. It looks like the only workshop will be the August 7 workshop at Cafe Frosch. Details here.

Any opportunity to introduce people to book arts is a special opportunity, especially when so few people know what it is (ah, but the numbers are growing!). Although there will be only one workshop in Kyoto, I’m very much looking forward to it.

However, one workshop means not enough art which then means no exhibition. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to share with you!

Moving on to Plan B. Instead, I will be delving into the book arts scene here in Kansai – specifically Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. I’ve been making a list of places to visit, and I will be sharing my discoveries with you here on the blog. There are tons of paper places, a smattering of letterpress places, and although there has been no hint of book art yet, I hope to come across something during my time here.

So stay tuned – my first adventure took place in Osaka yesterday!




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!