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Re: [BKARTS] Japan visit

        Yes, I have been to Kurotani (albeit many years ago), and it is
definitely worth the visit. They have paper coming out of their ears,
and you can pick up a wide variety of paper extremely inexpensively,
which they will even ship home for you. The people are very friendly,
and it is possible to arrange to see some of the paper mills. On the
other hand, it IS a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere, and thus
it would be helpful to have an English-speaking guide along to translate
for you.
        Now, please note that these comments are based upon my
experience some 25 years ago, so things may have changed
drastically...or they may not have. But my guess is that if you're going
to Japan, you should *definitely* make a visit to Kurotani.

-David S. Rose
 Five Roses Press
 New York, NY

PS: While you're in Japan, also make sure to spend at least one night at
a real ryokan (if possible, and if your budget can stand it, spend as
many as you can). These are the traditional Japanese inns (usually in
the country, but there are some in the cities) that are fast
disappearing from Japan. They tend to be expensive, but the experience
is basically unchanged from 16th century Japan, and you will forever
regret it if you don't try it.

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Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 12:51 PM
Subject: [BKARTS] Japan visit

I am going to be traveling in Japan this January, and I would love
suggestions for nifty book arts-related places to visit, things to see,
etc. Kurotani (a small town made up largely of paper makers) is supposed
be interesting -- has anyone on the list actually been there? Is it
visitor-friendly? (Especially for a visitor with *no* Japanese?) Does
anyone know of places (anywhere in Japan) that offer short workshops, or
Japanese book artists that might offer some individual instruction?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Matthew S Garelick
Graphic Services
SDF Cambridge
1 Rogers Street, 3323-C
Cambridge, MA  02142

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