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A Japanese television crew documenting the book work at the studio, Mino, Japan


Documenting the work for the upcoming exhibition


Here I am being captured folding down pages of a book


A second film crew shooting the artists for a news report broadcast on Japan television nationwide. During the questionnaire, I was careful not to insult the conditions of the place, My interpretor was also nervous that I may have voiced my concerns. In Japanese culture, showing any emotions is not common practice. Hence, If I was asked about the residency in terms of either good or bad, I would promptly answer, maybe leaving an ambiguous answer of not really offending anyone.

Minopaper Richard Bolai ©2008


Richard Bolai [Feinin]

I am a trained Bookbinder which in 2002, I went on a three month residency relating to Washi paper making. According to the Japan Foundation, the Mino Paper Village is considered one of the most sort after residencies offered in japan. This website is aimed to give an incite of it but also as an appreciation of the beauty of washi. The Mino Paper Project's focus is to export the craft of washi paper internationally, but also it learns from artists many other ways the paper may be used

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