The exhibit features some 200 books, including books of superior design from Japan, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, China, and for the first time this year, Belgium and as well as books accepted for the World's Most Beautiful Book Competition, which is held every year in March at the Leipzig Book Fair.
There were books whose binding, printing, and typography were flawlessly designed in a traditional manner, as well as many surprisingly unconventional books. All the books on display made one realize how high the level of design and bookbinding techniques are today.
In a world where digital publishing is rapidly advancing, you have only to take one of these beautiful examples of the bookmaking art in your hands to experience the joy that a real book can bring to a reader.
||Nov. 30, 2013 (Sat) - Mar. 2, 2014 (Sun)
Dec.24 2013, Dec.28 2013-Jan.3 2014, Jan.14 2014
(*Open, however, on Dec.23 2013, Jan.13 2013, Feb.11 2013)
||10:00 - 18:00
(Admission fee required for visitors wishing to see the Main Exhibits Room in the Printing Museum, Tokyo.)
Printing Museum, Tokyo, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA)
Japan Federation of Printing Industries
Japan Book Publishers Association
Embassy of Canada in Japan
Stichting De Best Verzorgde Boeken
Bundesamt für Kultur Wettbewerb Die schönsten Schweizer Bücher
Stiftung Buchkunst, Frankfurt am Main und Leipzig