I love Japan, the Japanese people and Japanese arts, technology and
culture, I abhor Japan's (and Iceland's) whaling policy…
'scientific whaling' programme, like Japan's, is merely commercial whaling
Commercial whaling was banned by the International Whaling Commission
(IWC) in 1982, but a loophole allows the killing of whales for research
purposes. Iceland plans to sell the products of its 'research' to Japan,
where whale meat generates four billion yen in sales annually.
on the Defend the Whales image above for further details.
Comments and feedback
this site (and its previous incarnation, kindly hosted by the
University of Brighton) went on-line, I have received many kind
comments and helpful suggestions. Here is a selection of them:
- I love your site: books, assemblages, singer-songwriter picks and support of Tibet. I have been teaching myself bookmaking techniques for several years and will start using those soon to make more original projects
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your site. I am a bookbinder in the US and produce one of a kind artist books. I found your section on Japanese bindings most informative.
just thought I would drop you an email to say how much I loved
the bookart work on your web-site. Exspecialy Random Journey;
the other wealth of information on your web-site is great
and thanks for posting it up there.
I currently make live art and performance art work and in
Random Journey I liked how it implied a action and
a performance to be carried out but it was also a exquiste
looking and quite amusing.
I am currently looking into bookart as a way of documenting
my work in a standalone way that can be considered a work
of art in itself and your web-site has been a great insperation
from Tokyo! I happened to visit your website while I was browsing
the net on bookbinding.
I am impressed that you have profound knowledge on Japanese
Here I have started my book binding course last June.
I found this craft (or art) very interesting and will keep
learning on this.
On your website gallery I found some Japanese subway map is
displayed in very neat frame. Interesting to know that the
map could inspire someone in UK!
read your piece on Japanese bookbinding techniques and structures
and I thought that it was excellent and very informative.
just wanted to say what an interesting site you have (Japanese
bookbinding). I just chanced on it. I have recently bought the
Kojiro Ikegami book, but I haven't used it as yet. I look forward
to studying the material you have online and trying some of
it out! Thank you for a beautifully presented resource.
wanted to say that your website is fantastic. I did not know
that there were so many kinds of Japanese binding style hitherto.
a little note to say that I think your bookbinding site is a
fantastic addition to the internet. Having been interested in
binding books for a few years, I found your site through Google
while searching for the name of the binding I use. I'm pretty
sure that I use a coptic binding but having a browse through
the other styles on your site has inspired me to try my hand
at some other variations.
Again, great site. Please keep doing what you're doing.
was REALLY impressed by the works you have on show and how
in-depth your Japanese section is. Absolutely amazing and
I would just like to say thank you for the inspiration and
sharing of such knowledge. There's a lot of sites out there
with muddled, lacking, and undetailed tutorials/histories/guides
on bookbinding, so finding yours was a breath of fresh air.
absolutely fabulous! I had such a good time reading your on-line
book that I could hardly wait to tell you how much I enjoyed
it! Again, thanks! Beautifully done. What a wonderful site.
Thank you for all your work and for the pictures of your lovely
I found your web page before it was completed and gained a great
deal of info — but now that you have completed it... thank
yo for the information! I am a beginning hand binder and am
very interested in japanese binding in general and pocket binding
specifically; yours is a great solution to the problems of imposition
for the one off or small run hand binder.
I have been looking for a Japanese bookbinding site and this
is the first one I have come upon. Thank goodness I have finally
found one. I was looking through your sewing style page and
was familar with all the yotsume toji family but had never heard
of Daifuko cho and hantori cho ledger books. Right when I saw
them I knew I had to have one.
Thanks for making a website on Japanese bookbinding. I really
appreciated it. :)
I have found your site to be VERY helpful and I would like to
thank you for that
i happened upon your japanese and chinese book art page a while
ago, and i have fallen in love with it… your site is the
only one i found so far with this much information, so, already
i am grateful.
My name is Maria and I have just visited your webpage,
which I have very much enjoyed!
I am an bibliophile and amateur bookbinder and found the information
I really enjoyed your Japanese Book Art Page. …particularly
appreciated your analyses of the uses of traditional Japanese
forms to modern book arts problems. One application that caught
my eye was the use of the orihon (accordion) style to create
non-sequential sequences (hmm… I'm sure you get my drift)
I’m a member of a book arts group that meets monthly at
our local arts center, and I’ll be sure to call your site
to the attention of other members.
…delightful web page…
I happened to come accross your site whilst doing a search on
Japanese bookbinding. I must say that it is an excellent and
very informative site.
I was reviewing all my book marked sites and I looked at your
updated personal work. I find your boxes quite intriguing. I
am teaching Japanese bookbinding this semester at the University
of Iowa, USA and I will refer my students to your site.
I am a norwegian papermaker and bookbinder who really enjoyed
your website. For several yaers now I have had a special fascination
for Japanese bookforms, maybe I have been fascinsted since I
first saw a sewn chinese book visiting an aunt who had lived
30 years in China… I was a small child, and an exotic
world lay inside this Chinese book with strange signs in it.
In Norway there are not many people interested in Japanese bookforms
so I really enjoyed reading your pages. This summer I am going
to hold a course in japanese bookart, so now I got really inspired!
Thank you so much for such a wonderful web site! My son took
a Book Art class last spring and I was so intrigued with it
that I asked for his notes, supplies, etc. when he was done.
I have been wanting to try my hand at this art form but was
lacking information and had not gone searching for it yet. Your
pages are beautiful and very informative! I am anxious, now,
to give it a try.
WONDERFUL site. I can't wait to find time to really look.
Thank you for this great link. I truly enjoy doing Japanese
Your work is wonderful. I hope that you won't mind that I've
added your website to our 'Links' site so our Members can enjoy
your fine work.
Love your website and everything you do... from your
collaged images to handmade books to assemblage! Well done.
for publishing your site. Enjoyed it!
Just wanted to say I love to make these type of books, thanks
for having such a nice site. I really enjoyed the History section.
I loved your site
Thank you Graeme, your site is wonderful
What an attractive site you have! I've bookmarked it and plan
to return when I have more time and you've completed it…
I am new to papermaking and
book arts and am appreciative of people like you who provide
information so generously.
You have done a very interesting and informative job, as I am
an amateur, but books are my #1 activity… The way you
have this set up is remarkable.To be able to keep going, and
not "back" all the time, as most sites are, is a joy!!
…The accordion site, also, was very illuminating,
as the pictures showed some things I had not thought of, and
was delighted to see. Thank you, and I will follow whatever
additions you will be making.
Hi, very much enjoyed your site… your site is immensely
helpful in providing background and possible ideas. Congratulations
on an easy to read, nice-looking site.
Your Japanese Bookbinding site is just wonderful. I have been
looking for Japanese Bookbinding in the Internet and haven't
found any besides yours. Yours is the only one I found so far
in the whole world.
What a beautiful and informative site! I anxiously await the
addition of the few remaining graphics. Thank you for sharing
Your creation of Japanese binding web-site is wonderful. The
history is accurate (at least for my standard). 'Applications'
of Ori-hon structure gives me a lot of ideas on designs.
Your story on how you got involved in bookbinding is delightful.
…Thanks for your informative website!
…Thanks also for a very interesting web site