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  • [MIHONCHO HONTEN] Writers x Paperbacks:
    Natsume Soseki, Hayashi Fumiko, and Hagiwara Sakutaro: 100 New Covers for Classics

Dates: June 10th, 2024 (Mon.) - July 19th, 2024 (Fri.)
Open hours: 11: 00 - 18: 00
Except: Saturdays, Sundays, official holidays
Natsume Soseki's Kokoro (1914), Hayashi Fumiko's Diary of a Vagabond (1930), and Hagiwara Sakutarō's Cat Town (1935). Using these three timeless classics of Japanese literature as their models, book designers and illustrators belonging to the Japanese Society Of Publishing Arts have created approximately 100 new paperback covers to encourage future generations to keep reading these masterpieces. Come and experience the power of the works of great writers given a new lease of life through fresh designs and fine paper. Historical covers of the three works, including the first edition of Kokoro, will also be on display to show how they have evolved over the decades.

The Society of Publishing Arts, TAKEO Co., Ltd.

Iwanami Shoten, Kansai Art Printing Inc., Shinjuku Historical Museum, Tokushu Tokai Paper Co., Ltd., Sakutaro Hagiwara Memorial Maebashi Museum of Literature

Items on sale:
・Iwanami Bunko + new paperback cover
 The Iwanami Bunko editions of Kokoro, Diary of a Vagabond, and Cat Town & 17 Other Works will be on sale at the venue with a paperback cover of your choice from a selection of original designs created for this exhibition.
 Natsume Soseki Kokoro + cover                                  800 yen including tax
 Fumiko Hayashi Diary of a Vagabond + cover        1,400 yen including tax
 Sakutaro Hagiwara Cat Town & 17 Other Works + cover  700 yen including tax
・Complete set of new paperback covers
 Complete sets of the new paperback covers created for this exhibition will also be on sale.
 Note that only limited quantities will be available and that the sets do not include the Iwanami Bunko editions.
 Complete set of paperback covers created for this exhibition  
 *Student discounts are available only for the complete set (¥3,500 including tax). Please present your student ID.

Related event:
Reading: Writers x Paperbacks: Sensing The World of Writers Through Listening to their Words
Actors and narrators Saharu Kawasaki and Itaru Fujimoto will read passages from Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, Hayashi Fumiko's Diary of a Vagabond, and Hagiwara Sakutarō's Cat Town.
Featuring: Saharu Kawasaki, Itaru Fujimoto (Presenter: Mari Kobayashi)
Date and time: June 28, 2024 | Friday | 18:00 – 19:30 (Doors open at 17:30)
Admission: Free
Reservations accepted from late May (reservation required and issued on a first-come, first-served basis)

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