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TBNote_Cover.jpgHere we have accomplished a smallish - B6 sized (7.2 " by 5.3" for my American brethren) - 128-page lined notebook with free advertising. Advertising for me. It has my blog url (this one, obviously), my email (tedorigawa.bookmakers@gmail.com), my name, and my studio name: Tedorigawa Bookmakers (手取川製本). It also has small pictures of books I have made (and are for sale), one picture of myself, and the red Tedorigawa logo - on the right. The other thing it has is an inset on the lower right front cover.

Many years ago I read that a bookbinding teacher insisted that the front of the book be obvious to the casual observer. I try to doted_red_300.jpg that but this inset is my first attempt at really showing the front. I felt it was necessary because the back cover is more decorative than the front. I carved out a bit of the book board (next time: two thinner boards glued together; it'll be much easier) and printed 手取川製本 on a piece of paper. Then I glued it to a scrap of book board, and glued the entire ensemble into the hole in the cover. It's... okay. Next time, I don't think I'll glue it on a scrap of book board but directly onto the second book board.

TBNote_back.jpgGetting the cover cloth was an interesting story. I went to a shop that is famous for its paper. People come from hundreds of kilometers around just to look and buy some of their products. I bought some paper and then asked if they had book cloth (布, nuno in Japanese). The female clerk (and part owner) didn't know what I was talking about so she asked the male clerk (and part owner) who handed me a big wad of thick paper. "This?" he said. "Not exactly," I mumbled. And he proceeded to hand me another big stack. "Take it. It's free." So I took it.

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PriestsBack.jpgThe Priests of Hiroshima: An Historical Love Story is my novel about time travel between an Istanbul antique bookstore today and Mainz, Germany when Gutenberg was in full operation. Istanbul and Mainz, Germany. What do they have to do with Hiroshima?

The Priests of Hiroshima is the name of a novel in the novel The Priests of Hiroshima. In my novel it is a novel printed and signed by Gutenberg. How did the author in 1453 know about the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945? You gotta read The Priests of Hiroshima.

Back in 1945 when Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima, some priests were in their church. The blast blew most everything away except for some of the strengthened walls of the church. One priest (Father Hubert Schiffer), after the bombing, was bathed from head to foot to clean his wounds. The walls protected him feeling the brunt of the blast while the bathing cleansed him of any radiation. Or it was a miracle. Fr. Schiffer was from Germany, perhaps Mainz?

PriestsOpen.jpgMy The Priests of Hiroshima is about 112 pages, casebound, with Japanese paper as the cover. The design is reminiscent of old-fashioned farmer women's clothes known as mompei. There are seven signatures of four sheets. There is, in Japanese tradition, a strip of washi on the front cover. The title is supposed to be written vertically on this strip of paper but I haven't the calligraphical chops to do it right. It has yellow craft paper as endpapers.

This is the second edition of the book. The first one can be seen here: Episode 60: Red Kanji.

You can read the first 23 chapters here: The Priests of Hiroshima: An Historical Love Story from 1453 to 2007.

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Episode 74: Running Time

diary_back.jpgAbout six years ago a child of mine ran a 5 K race and for finishing within the allotted time, got a t-shirt. She wore this shirt off and on for six years and finally decided to throw it my way. I backed it with thin paper and turned it into book cloth. Then I waited for a project that required such a cloth. And behold, this year, the same child actually asked me to make a diary/calendar/journal for her.

I pounced on the opportunity. The result is a B6 size, case-bound book. It has six signatures of four sheets each for about 96 pages - some blank but most covered in either a monthly schedule or a weekly schedule. Also included in the book: pictures of my daughter's current favorite singer (Selena Gomez) and my daughter. Making this diary/calendar truly one of a kind.

Of course it took me forever to get right. I mapped out the calendar in Excel and did imposition via experimentation. Lots of printing until I finally got the right imposition and alignment for all. Lots of double, triple, and gazillion-ple checking to make sure the days and dates lined up correctly and so far my grateful child has only found two mistakes - not related to dates and days but content within the days. i.e. I missed writing a holiday although I had the day red-ed out as such.

diary_open.jpgI promised my daughter that she would get her book before the end of February. Thank god it was a leap year this year. I needed that extra 24 hours. I believe the writing on the back says Running Person in Japanese, which makes sense as most marathon runners are people. One other thing: On the front of the book it says "Kanazawa Marathon 2006." Hmmm. A schedule book for 2012 that says 2006. Odd, eh?

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