The Preservationist Who Revitalises Frayed Books
Japanese craftsman Okano Nubuo has spent the last 33 years repairing old books to look new. When presented with a tattered Japanese-English dictionary by a customer, he used very basic tools just as any art conservationist would and completely transformed the book.
Flattening out all the creases and repairing the book with basic tools was an arduous job, but with mind-numbing results. “It’s not their shape or form but what’s inside them that attracts us to books,” Okano humbly states. As a man who uses his skill to repair books, his words are an indication of our appreciation of physical books.