kuhaku_open1_thumbA couple of weeks ago I mentioned the just-released KUHAKU & OTHER ACCOUNTS OF JAPAN, the first release of indie publisher Chin Music Press. I finally got my hands on a copy, and you need to do the same. Yes, it makes for a good read (various essays on Japan, including a very nicely illustrated chapter by Kozyndan), but the thing is also a beautiful object, and you can tell that a lot of care went into its design. Their site has a lot of details on the book (I quite like the art section, that includes a lot of design notes), and they also have a nice blog describing their adventures/misadventures in the world of book publishing.

The book is available at a fews shops in the city (and will be distributed in North America from April of next year), but you should order the book directly from them, as it puts more money in their pockets (which will help finance their next release).