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We have renovated part of our general exhibition.

Because many of our visitors had expressed an interest, we have now set up an Offset Printing and Gravure Printing Corner and a Special Printing Corner. In addition, we have added display items to our existing corner concerning the development of the world’s smallest micro-book, and a video showing its production process.


Bringing Books Closer

We have divided this display into four corners to show how the publication of books has progressed in recent and present-day Japan. Along with the items displayed in each of the four corners—The Birth of Million Sellers, The One-Yen Book Boom, Paperback Books, The Postwar Magazine Boom—we have also produced new videos that illuminate modern publishing history.


Offset and Gravure Printing that Supported Mass Consumption Society in the 20th Century

Offset printing and gravure printing are emblematic of modern printing technology. Here you can witness the techniques required in plate making and see the kind of rotary press used in both types of printing, thereby gaining an understanding of how high-quality advertising photography is produced.

Special Printing

This corner features special printing and the various techniques it involves, techniques that are not found in ordinary printing. Here you will find real examples of printed matter that shines or glows, or printed matter that is smooth or rough to the touch. Enjoy actually touching the samples and the materials that were used to produce them.


In an effort to create the world’s smallest book, we have produced a micro-book that is 0.75 mm in width and height, and here you can see the actual book itself and a video showing how it was produced. Ultra-minute electronic plate making technology was used in the production of the plates, but at the same time, the printing and binding required the hands of specialists. This corner demonstrates how this book consequently represents the crystallization of such a wide variety of techniques, from the workmanship of the specialists to electronic plate making technology.

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