Goodbye Madame Butterfly

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  • book design (cover & interior)
  • illustration
  • design and development of goodbyemadamebutterfly.com
  • Japanese production management
  • launch event (Tokyo) coordination, management

Author

Sumie Kawakami

homepage

http://goodbyemadamebutterfly.com/

from the back:

Goodbye Madame Butterfly offers a modern twist on the tradition in Japanese literature to revel in tales of sexual exploits. Kawakami’s non- fiction update on this theme is intimate and revealing, offering strands of hope for women struggling to liberate themselves from joyless, sexless relationships.

Production Details:

  • 224 pages
  • hardcover
  • sewn in bookmark
  • 11 intimate, non fiction portraits of Japanese women (and one man: the sex volunteer)
  • slightly larger than a standard paperback but smaller than your average hardcover — perfectly balanced in weight and easy to throw (gently, of course) into your bag
  • beautiful Japanese papers used for the cover, endpages, tobira, half-titles and body text

Goodbye Madame Butterfly was printed and bound in Tokyo, Japan by Yushin Printing.

The image of the woman on the cover of GMB was taken from a 100+ year old book on Japanese fashion found in the Jimbocho used book district of central Tokyo.

Typographic Minutiae

Cover and spine

Cover and spine

Chapter opening

Chapter opening

Chapter opening detail

Chapter opening detail

Endpages - based off traditional kimono patterns

Endpages - based off traditional kimono patterns

Back-cover emboss

Back-cover emboss

Cover and spine, from the side

Cover and spine, from the side
 
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