Okaeri Project

Disaster victims look through photos at a temple in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture

Six months have passed since the earthquake that devastated North East Japan and the reconstruction is far from finished. The members of the Tokyo Bookbinding Club along with famous bookbinder Sün Evrard have put in place a project that looks at creating and donating hand-bound photo albums to those who recovered family photographs in the mud and ruins after the tsunami. It is the « OKAERI PROJECT ». In japanese it means that the rescued and restored items will be returned to their owners.

Satoko Kinno, a book conservator, is in charge of conserving the photographic material which will be exhibited afterwards. To know more about the project you can visit the Tokyo bookbinding club website and read this article.

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About juliapoirier

Assistant book and paper conservator at Derry and Raphoe Diocesan Library
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