Book Labyrinth: Book Show at Takeo

Shrine-like shop

You just have to see it for yourself.

Takeo, that famous shrine-like paper shop/gallery in Jimbocho, Tokyo, is a must-see on any bookbinder’s visit to the city.

It’s all-white, high-gloss and zen and minimalist. In other words, uniquely, wondrously Japanese.

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Artful exhibits

You can buy paper from mills from all over the world here. I recognised a few that I have used before – which are available here in Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand too. But this shop is like nothing I have seen.

You come here really for the artistry of the whole set-up.

But do remember to go upstairs and check out the exhibits.

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Exhibits there relate to paper, bookbinding and book design.

The show called “Book Labyrinth” just opened when I visited in October 2016.

Let’s take a tour.

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There are two types of exhibits based on the show theme — bookbinding projects and book cover designs.

Handmade books

Bookbinding artists interpreted the show theme with their hand bound creations.

Gloves are provided so you can handle the exhibits.

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Book cover designs

And here are the book cover designs. Some have special finishes like spot varnish that make the books very beautiful.

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The black part on this design is actually the three characters that spell out “Book Labyrinth” (本迷宫).

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The feedback notes are cute too.

Sharing the gallery space is a little bookbinding corner operated by the publisher Misuzudo selling bookbinding books and materials.

http://www.takeo.co.jp/en/

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