Japanese bookbinding books

Last year I mentioned my interest in Japanese bookbinding books. I’m not talking about books about Japanese bookbinding technique, but bookbinding books written in Japanese.

A few weeks ago, I became completely obsessed with the idea of buying books from Amazon Japan (mostly because I couldn’t find the books anywhere else). I kept thinking about how I wanted to experience a different perspective on bookbinding, see the art through a different lens.

So I did it. I ordered 6 books.

Japanese Bookbinding Books

Fortunately, Amazon Japan gives you the option of shopping in English. Unfortunately, the translation doesn’t work for the entire web page. I had to use a combination of Babel Fish and Google Translate to read the customer reviews.

Based on comments such as the following, I made my choices:

Mono and paper in, or are in the shape of the book itself is a box, have been made to wrap this as a pipe dream or by just looking, I would like to make, and excited to come.

The book prices were pretty reasonable, comparable to what you might pay for a book on “regular” Amazon. Unfortunately, the shipping cost was insane. 31% of the total cost was shipping – you’re not getting free Super Saver shipping on Amazon Japan. The really funny thing was that it took only 3 days for the books to get here from Japan. Orders from Amazon U.S. take longer than that.

Now that I have the books in my possession, I am going to do something that I simply find insane – I’m going to review the books.

You may be saying to yourself, “Hmmm…I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know Japanese…” and you’re right. I don’t.

You may not know it, but there’s an increasing interest in Japanese craft books and folks have discovered what I did – there are things in these books that you can understand, even without knowing Japanese. These books usually have great images and diagrams, making the projects easy to follow. Since I’m not a novice bookbinder, I decided to take a chance.

I want to review these books for folks like me – those with enough bookbinding experience to be able to get value out of the books. I imagine that tackling these books as a beginner could be discouraging. I’ll include photos of some of the pages so you can get an idea of a book’s content.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about Japanese craft books, check out these resources:

6 Responses to “Japanese bookbinding books”

By buechertiger - 5 October 2010 Reply

The quote of the review on Amazon is so funny, cracked me up! 😀

I am looking forward to reading the individual reviews. the books’ covers already looks promising.

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By Dennis - 5 October 2010 Reply

Exciting!!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

By meredeth - 5 October 2010 Reply

as someone who reads a bit of the Japanese, i’m eager to see some pages. also, of course, eager to see some books with some Asian flair~

By Elissa - 5 October 2010 Reply

Meredith –

Hopefully, you’ll be able to confirm some of my assumptions (no pressure).


By Elissa - 5 October 2010 Reply

I’m so glad that this is of interest to everyone…I was worried that this was a crazy idea. Not that it would have stopped me. 🙂


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