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Keiko Shibata: Fluffy Floating Kittens / 2024 Spring Hobonichi Techo Japanese Weeks

Keiko Shibata: Fluffy Floating Kittens / 2024 Spring Hobonichi Techo Japanese Weeks

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Keiko Shibata’s unique artwork has now become a Hobonichi Techo Weeks cover. “Fluffy floating kittens” is one of the works drawn in 2022 on the theme of “wind.”

The wind blowing in the field was so strong that the kittens accidentally started floating. The indescribably cute expressions on their faces are so charming. The rough cloth used on the cover is designed to resemble a canvas. The warm touch of the oil pastel drawings is vividly expressed.

The front cover and book spine are foil-printed with the year 2024 in black, for a nice and simple look.

The back cover features the image of Shibata’s signature. The cover has been constructed as a light hardcover book with some give to it so it still bends.

The book uses thin and light yet durable Tomoe River S paper. The paper has supported the Hobonichi Techo for over 20 years with its special characteristics, but it’ll be undergoing an overhaul starting with the 2024 edition techos. The paper is more resistant to bleed through, lighter despite being the same thickness, and has a smoother surface by adjusting the fibers of the paper.

The April-start Weeks book has space for writing in plans or journal entries, and it also has 73 pages of grid paper memo pages in the back. The back of the book contains informational pages, including An Interview with Myself and Seasonal Sweets to Make at Home.

  • [JPN/Tall & Slim/Apr Start]
  • Size: 190 x 104 x 11 (mm)
  • Material: Rayon/Paper
  • COO: Japan
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