"Tiny and cute, homemade 'bean books' on a roll."
"'Size is also one way to express yourself,-Akai says.'When you give someone a miniature book it seems a lot more personal than when you give them a large one. It's like the difference between a normal speaking voice and a wisper.' Miyako Akai, Book maker." BY LOUIS TEMPLADO
, 9/5/2008/Herald Tribune - The Asashi Shimbun. "Handmade tiny tomes give readers a big treat."
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Miyako Akai lives in Japan. She loves reading very much. During studying architecture she wrote novels. She was chosen as the final candidate for new face award of major novels in Japan. From 2001 she started making books of her own story. When she made books of short stories, they are getting smaller in the course of time, then they became miniature books.|
Although she studies how to make on her own, she has sensitivity for paper and material and her books are bound with extra care in such a way she makes architectural miniature models.
Her style is characterized by the fact that she designs contents as well as cover. Due to her originality, she has been introduced in major newspaper, magazine, TV and radio in Japan.
In 2006 for the first application to MBS she grabs the award. Now she organizes and sets up booth and workshop, and acquires a good reputation.
From 2007 she learns book binding, gilding, repair and conservation of books.
- Speech in 2006 MBS Conclave (sent by Email) -
She is a member of Miniature Book Society since 2007.
'Dancing on the Cloud' has been named one of the three Distinguished Award Winner Books by Miniature Book Society Competition 2007.
'Tsuki Yo No Mahiru' has been named one of the three Distinguished Award Winner Books by Miniature Book Society Competition 2016.