See How a Japanese Craftsman Restores a Battered Old Book

By January 11, 2018Literature

No doubt many of you have a treasured book that you’ve read countless times, but numerous re-reads can take their toll, especially on old books. Those of you beginning to worry about the battered spine and dog-eared pages of your favourite novel will be interested to see this skilled Japanese craftsman restore a seriously tattered 1000 page dictionary back to its former glory.

As MyModernMet reports, an episode of a show called Shuri, Bakaseru (translation: The Fascinating Craftsman) featured a very talented artisan named Nobuo Okano, who specializes in restoring old books. In just a 10 minute segment, he showed how he restored the old English-to-Japanese dictionary. The dictionary belonged to his customer as a student and, now the customer’s daughter is beginning college, he wanted to have it restored so he can pass it on to her.

Firstly, Okano begins by cleaning the old glue from the book’s spine and then repairs damaged pages, including the maps. They’re glued onto new paper and thus given a solid base. The most tedious part of the restoration sees Okano unfold the book’s bent page corners with tweezers, he then iron each one out. To freshen up the tips of the pages that are stained by ink, Okano uses a guillotine book cutter to trim the pages and remove the stains.

The last step is creating a new cover for the book. Okano uses the salvaged title from the original cover and puts it onto the new one. The dictionary now looks as good as new and is ready to be returned to his grateful, and no doubt very impressed, customer.

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You’re guaranteed to find a book you love…

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It is important for our children to learn about their bodily autonomy from an early age so that they understand that, despite being the less-powerful person, they are allowed to say ‘no’ to an adult who is asking for physical contact. If we feel uncomfortable as adults with people touching and hugging us without our expressed consent, then imagine what it is like for children who don’t feel empowered enough to refuse a hug.

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“Would you approve of your young sons, young daughters – because girls can read as well as boys – reading this book? Is it a book that you would… wish your wife or your servants to read?”

The sexually-charged novel was poured over by the judge’s wife, Lady Dorothy Byrne, with each explicit passage highlighted and notes of coarse language dotted throughout. Lady Byrne even stitched a cloth cover to keep the book away from the eyes of the press, or the innocent eyes of delicate ladies…

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