MBS Award Winner Miyako Akai's Miniature Books Book Art Contact

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"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." Bill Gates and me are on the top page!!
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miniaturebook:Tsuki Yo no Mahiru

'Tsuki Yo no Mahiru'
has been named one of the three
Distinguished Award Winner Books
by Miniature Book Society Competition 2016.
 
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Miniature Books

Book Art


Miniaturebooks and books are available by mail order.
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Biography

cherryblossom p 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) -
"Nakamura and I, Akai, are overwhelmed by the great honor you have given us. Our little piece of work with bamboo and paper is the first winner from Japan! It's almost too good to believe.
I wish we could be present at the announcement. Let us express our gratitude to you all.
I hope more people are interested in the long tradition of paper arts in Japan.
Thank you very much."

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.

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Collection

The MBS Archives at the Lilly Library of Indiana University, USA
The Rare Book & Texana Collections at University of North Texas Library, USA
Filac Collection at ATELIER VIS A VIS, Marseille, France


Book

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ABCs of Making Miniature Books
ISBN:978-4-309-27143-9, 96pp.
The book is written by Miyako Akai with many full colored pictures of 10 kinds of book making process.
First published in Japan, 2009 by Kawade Shobo Shinsha, and in Taiwan, 2010 by maplebook.

SONOMAMA MAMEHON
Written by Miyako Akai
Published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2010
Book size: H147×W212×D8mm, 96pp., 196g
ISBN:978-4-309-27206-1
Sonomama Mamehon is published in September of 2010. This is a kit book of 17 miniature books, written in Japanese.

The Enjoyable Guide of Making Miniature Books
ISBN:978-4058001677
The book is written by Miyako Akai, published by Gakken Publishing, 2013, with many full colored pictures of 9 kinds of book and 3 box making process.




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