Thursday, April 30, 2015

Book #120

Japanese Cash Book

The book I made for today is a copy of a Japanese cash booklet that I acquired some time ago. I have photographed them together since the original looks much more interesting than my blank copy. The original, as you can see, is handwritten on traditional washi. I was told that it originated in the Meiji period. It is a curious item and I think it is probably a one-of-a-kind homemade notebook, quickly whipped together by its owner. Inside, there is a multi-page accordion booklet. Each page is folded along one side so they are a double thickness, as is typical of Japanese books. They are bound to the covering wrapper, using a twisted paper cord.

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