Jon Shimizu: Book project using Asuka inkjet papers

Art student Jon Shimizu shared with us his experience printing on the inkjet Asuka papers for his book project, and how much he loved working with them. Below is Jon’s artist statement. Thank you, Jon!

(We always appreciate any feedback about the papers, so please let us know!)


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Jennifer Moon x The Fire Monkey for Hammer Museum

Artist Jennifer Moon and bookbinder George Busby of The Fire Monkey have collaborated on a book project, a part of the “Made in LA” exhibition at Hammer Museum!

This is an especially interesting collaboration for Hiromi Paper as well, because when Jennifer had been searching for a local bookbinder, we were the ones that first recommended George at The Fire Monkey; whom we’ve had a close relationship with for many years. We are so glad this collaboration worked out, and together they created such a wonderful book!


The book itself is a half leather-binding with a gold leaf pressed emblem on the front, a logo that Jennifer had made especially for this show.
Inside papers are inkjet prints on all Amate Solid Natural. Continue reading “Jennifer Moon x The Fire Monkey for Hammer Museum”

CODEX International Book Fair Report

For the first conference of the year, Yona and I drove up to Richmond, CA for the CODEX International Book Fair 2013 held from February 10th – 13th.
We experienced beautiful weather for the duration of the conference, and the new venue, the beautiful waterfront Craneway Pavilion was filled with light and exuberance from the visitors and exhibitors.

Being able to meet and talk to our customers is always a wonderful feeling, and this particular conference was an opportunity to do just that, as well as discover new customers that love using our papers. Here are some of whom we were able to meet; my sincere apologies to those we missed…. Continue reading “CODEX International Book Fair Report”

Origami A Day – Day 27 {Crows Beak}

Today’s origami is a Crows Beak! The crow is regarded as one of the most intelligent animals, but the symbol of a crows beak is considered to express misfortune. Even so, these fun little origami beaks are mobile and great to play around with or to use as decoration – no jinx intended! Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July Monday!

Origami A Day – Day 25 {Edo Style Jacket}

Welcome back to Origami a day! The hiatus has been going on too long and there are only a few more days left to completing the book. Today’s come-back origami is the the Edo style jacket, which were originally used by the working men of the Edo period. Paper credits go to a scrap of HMN-03 Gampi Natural. Have a great and (hopefully) work-free weekend everyone!

Origami A Day – Day 24 {Ninja Star}

This Ninja Star was surprisingly hard to make, it is ranked 3 stars in difficulty afterall. In Japanese it is called a Shuriken. They were not originally made with the intention to kill, but as a supportive secondary weapon. Hope everyone has a great Thursday!


Lauren Henkin: Fine Art Photography & Book Artist

One of the most rewarding aspects of attending a show like Codex is being able to see the works done by the exhibitors. At the store, we get asked all the time “what do people do with this and that paper???” and our answers truly do not justify the creativity and posssibilities that artists come up with.

An example is Codex exhibitor Lauren Henkin’s beautiful book “Silence is an Orchard”. See full descriptions and images at her blog here.


Etched Bhutan Mitsumata covers the book, and her own photographs printed on Asuka Kozo paper inside.