• Kyodo


Toppan Printing Co. said Wednesday that it has made the world’s tiniest book, measuring 0.75 by 0.75 mm, using its ultrafine printing technologies.

The 22-page book on seasonal flowers carries illustrations of such flowers as cherry blossoms and Japanese plum blossoms with their names written in four ways — hiragana, katakana, kanji and the Latin alphabet.

The book is difficult to read without a magnifying glass.

Toppan Printing plans to apply to Guinness World Records for the book’s recognition as the world’s smallest, besting the current record-holder, a 0.9 by 0.9 mm book made in Russia.

The seasonal flower micro-book is currently exhibited at Toppan’s Printing Museum in Tokyo’s Bunkyo ward. The book, together with magnifying glass and enlarged copy, sells for ¥29,400.

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