Jan. 20-March 18

During the late 1800s, as moveable type and printing became increasingly Westernized and mechanized in Japan, book binding and cover design also shifted from an Eastern style to a Western one. With that came more attention to cover designs, with artists finding creative ways to promote the contents of books.

This exhibition presents the work of mid-Meiji Era (1868-1912) to mid-Showa Era (1926-1989) artists, as well as that of contemporary designers who, in this digital age, appreciate the physical form and function of books.

Machida City Public Museum of Literature; 4-16-17 Haramachida, Machida, Tokyo. Machida Stn. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Closed Mon. and every 2nd Thu. 042-739-3420; bit.ly/machidabook

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