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.
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.
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.
There are two types of exhibits based on the show theme — bookbinding projects and book cover designs.
Bookbinding artists interpreted the show theme with their hand bound creations.
Gloves are provided so you can handle the exhibits.
Book cover designs
And here are the book cover designs. Some have special finishes like spot varnish that make the books very beautiful.
Sharing the gallery space is a little bookbinding corner operated by the publisher Misuzudo selling bookbinding books and materials.
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