Kuhaku & Other Accounts from Japan

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Kuhaku was the first book I ever designed. In many ways it represents what I felt at that time were the ideals of the book as a format and object.

  • It's small as to be easily pocketable and to feel intimate.
  • It's cloth bound — literally. The cover is a grey cloth onto which we had printer Oddi in Iceland silkscreen three colors. They then foil stamped two colors on top of that.
  • The interior pages are a nice, heavy, matte paper.
  • The typography is simple, classic and clean.
  • The artwork and illustrations integrate directly with the text.

Blurbs

Japan emerges in fits and starts, stripped of its abstractions, defiant, utterly unique, and surprisingly tender.
Joseph Badtke-Berkow, Paper Sky magazine

Actual cover — clothbound, three color silk screen, two color foil stamp

Actual cover — clothbound, three color silk screen, two color foil stamp

Cover illustration

Cover illustration

Title page

Title page

Illustration spread

Illustration spread

Interior shot

Interior shot

Chapter opening illustrations (culled from the cover illustration)

Chapter opening illustrations (culled from the cover illustration)
 
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