Category Archives: th_airpost

crystal parcel

This refers to a method where a literary work is written and designed by the author, then personally wrapped in a transparent material and sent to the reader. It is simply mailed as printed matter through the regular post, but the contents of this package were created by hand. The creative endeavour of writing, book design, package design, arrangement of address stickers and postage stamps (even sticking them on the package by hand) is all done by the writer himself, making for a singular package. The limited copies are then delivered to the readers.

TH_AIRPOST=
via wwalnuts
+only-box
+private print postcard
+crystal parcel
crystal parcel_STORE

作家自身が自装の自著を透明な資材で梱包して読者へ送る方法を指す。通常の郵便のPostal Parcel をPrinted Matter 扱いで送付するものだが、内容物の著述から装幀、梱包デザイン、宛名シール・切手の配置、貼付まで、すべて著者自身の手によって作業されるという一点だけの梱包物。数少ない部数が、希望する読者に届けられる。

private print postcard 008-z

code: TH_PPP-008-z
theme: Nana
lit.relevant:『猫の客』 The Guest Cat
photo/year: Takashi Hiraide/Aug.17,2008
limited: 7

dp3m0829

addressee: E.Iwanaga

code:
001-999=sequential number by photo
-z=photo without graphic elements. not for sale. [postal]
-a,b,c,=photo with graphic elements. for sale. [pure]

code:
001-999=写真別通し番号
-z=写真面に文字要素なし/非売品
-a,b,c,=写真面に文字要素あり/販売対象/無垢版

private print postcard 007-z

code: TH_PPP-007-z
theme: Nana
lit.relevant:『猫の客』 The Guest Cat
photo/year: Takashi Hiraide/Mar.11, 2008
limited: 7

dp3m0549

addressee: M.Kawano, K.Hiraide, C.Kono

code:
001-999=sequential number by photo
-z=photo without graphic elements. not for sale. [postal]
-a,b,c,=photo with graphic elements. for sale. [pure]

code:
001-999=写真別通し番号
-z=写真面に文字要素なし/非売品
-a,b,c,=写真面に文字要素あり/販売対象/無垢版

private print postcard 006-z

code: TH_PPP-006-z
theme: gridlike
lit.relevant:『遊歩のグラフィスム』 Graphics of Flânerie
photo/year: Takashi Hiraide/2007
limited: 7

dp3m0802

addressee: E.Iwanaga

code:
001-999=sequential number by photo
-z=photo without graphic elements. not for sale. [postal]
-a,b,c,=photo with graphic elements. for sale. [pure]

code:
001-999=写真別通し番号
-z=写真面に文字要素なし/非売品
-a,b,c,=写真面に文字要素あり/販売対象/無垢版

private print postcard 005-z

code: TH_PPP-005-z
theme: chibi
lit.relevant:『猫の客』 The Guest Cat
photo/year: Takashi Hiraide/Mar.1990
limited: 7

dp3m0637

addressee: C.Kono

code:
001-999=sequential number by photo
-z=photo without graphic elements. not for sale. [postal]
-a,b,c,=photo with graphic elements. for sale. [pure]

code:
001-999=写真別通し番号
-z=写真面に文字要素なし/非売品
-a,b,c,=写真面に文字要素あり/販売対象/無垢版

only-box «Lonely Eel»

first sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #111
type: Jean-Luc
limited: 1
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent to you via crystal parcel

private print postcard 003-z

code: TH_PPP-003-z
theme: Chotaro KAWASAKI
lit.relevant:『遊歩のグラフィスム』 Graphics of Flânerie
photo/year: Unknown/1955
limited: 7

dp3m0791

addressee: K.Scullin

code:
001-999=sequential number by photo
-z=photo without graphic elements. not for sale. [postal]
-a,b,c,=photo with graphic elements. for sale. [pure]

code:
001-999=写真別通し番号
-z=写真面に文字要素なし/非売品
-a,b,c,=写真面に文字要素あり/販売対象/無垢版

only-box «Lonely Scombroid»

first sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #111
type: Jean-Luc
limited: 1
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent to you via crystal parcel

only-box «Vegetables & Fruits»

first sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #111
type: Jean-Luc
limited: 1
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent to you via crystal parcel

only-box «Fruits & Vegetables»

first sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #92
type: Garamond
limited: 1
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent to you via crystal parcel

only-box «Homage to Sweetfish»

first sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #92
type: Garamond
limited: 1
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent to you via crystal parcel

private print postcard 030-z

code: TH_PPP-030-z
theme: BASEBALL
lit.relevant:『白球礼讃』 In Praise of White Balls
photo/year: Koichi Hiraide/1960
limited: 7

dp3m0897

addressee: T.Aoyagi

code:
001-999=sequential number by photo
-z=photo without graphic elements. not for sale. [postal]
-a,b,c,=photo with graphic elements. for sale. [pure]

code:
001-999=写真別通し番号
-z=写真面に文字要素なし/非売品
-a,b,c,=写真面に文字要素あり/販売対象/無垢版

private print postcard 009-z

code: TH_PPP-009-z
theme: Franz KAFKA
lit.relevant:『ベルリンの瞬間』 Moments in Berlin
photo/year: Takashi Hiraide/1999
limited: 7

ppp009

addressee: K.Narahara, T.Hiraide, R.Shibusawa, C.Kono

code:
001-999=sequential number by photo
-z=photo without graphic elements. not for sale. [postal]
-a,b,c,=photo with graphic elements. for sale. [pure]

code:
001-999=写真別通し番号
-z=写真面に文字要素なし/非売品
-a,b,c,=写真面に文字要素あり/販売対象/無垢版

TH_AIRPOST POETRY Director’s Foreword

The Japan Foundation, Toronto is proud to present TAKASHI HIRAIDE—-AIRPOST POETRY Book Design for One from One. Takashi Hiraide is an official invitee of the 2016 International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront Centre (October 20-30).
One of the foremost poets of the Japanese post-WWII generation, Hiraide has written many important works including For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut, which received the 1982 Emerging Talent Award in the Ministry of Culture Awards for the Promotion of Arts. Kenzaburo Oe commended his works as “an experiment that gives birth to a new kind of prose from within poetry,” and truly, Hiraide’s activities go beyond the realm of poetry and extend into the fields of novels, travel writing and essays. His first novel, The Guest Cat, was a 2014 New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into more than 10 languages.
Hiraide also has a long and distinguished career in book design and binding. Seihaku Irako, a book authored and designed by Hiraide, won awards in Japan and was shortlisted for The World’s Most Beautiful Book Award at the Leipzig Book Fair.
This exhibit offers an overview of Hiraide’s activities, including early works from the 1970s-1980s; books written by other authors but designed by Hiraide; books written by Hiraide but designed by another famous book designer, Nobuyoshi Kikuchi; translated editions of The Guest Cat; and four series of works tied to the theme of post-mail:

«via wwalnuts»                  Books crafted by Hiraide and mailed directly to readers. Launched in 2010, 23 issues have been published to date.
«only-box»                         Boxes printed with poetry and decorated with stamps, designed for storing the via wwalnuts series.
«private print postcard»   Limited edition photo postcard and poetry series.
«crystal parcel»                 Literary works written and designed by the author, then personally wrapped in a transparent material and sent to the reader.

The «only-box» and «private print postcard» items on display were created in Japan and mailed to Toronto especially for this exhibit. New works will continue to arrive and be added to the collection during the exhibition period. The Japanese stamps, postmarks and even damage incurred during shipping are all part of the artwork.
Hiraide’s book design is not only about appearance; it suggests new ways for books to exist. Please enjoy Hiraide’s experimentation with books that transcend existing genres and systems.

Emi Iwanaga
Executive Director
Japan Foundation, Toronto

private print postcard 002-z

code: TH_PPP-002-z
theme: Chotaro KAWASAKI
lit.relevant:『遊歩のグラフィスム』 Graphics of Flânerie
photo/year: Unknown/1955
limited: 7

dp3m0640

addressee: K.Scullin

code:
001-999=sequential number by photo
-z=photo without graphic elements. not for sale. [postal]
-a,b,c,=photo with graphic elements. for sale. [pure]

code:
001-999=写真別通し番号
-z=写真面に文字要素なし/非売品
-a,b,c,=写真面に文字要素あり/販売対象/無垢版

only-box «Bush Warbler in Kyoto»

first sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #111
type: JeanLuc
limited: 1
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent to you via crystal parcel

only-box «Figure Skating & Others-2»

first sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #92
type: Garamond
limited: 1
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent to you via crystal parcel

only-box «Figure Skating & Others-1»

first sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #92
type: Garamond
limited: 1
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent to you via crystal parcel

only-box «Black Hare & White Cheek»

first sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #92
type: Garamond
limited: 1
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent to you via crystal parcel

only-box «Homage to Shiki Masaoka»

first sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #92
type: Garamond
limited: 1
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent to you via crystal parcel

only-box «Like a Referee»

first sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #92
type: Garamond
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent via crystal parcel

private print postcard 004-z

code: TH_PPP-004-z
theme: Chotaro KAWASAKI
lit.relevant:『遊歩のグラフィスム』 Graphics of Flânerie
photo/year: Isamu Terao/1953
limited: 7

Chotaro KAWASAKI

sent to: C.Kono

code:
001~999=sequential number by photo
-z=photo without graphic elements. not for sale. [postal]
-a,b,c~=photo with graphic elements. for sale. [pure]

code:
001~999=写真別通し番号
-z=写真面に文字要素なし/非売品
-a,b,c~=写真面に文字要素あり/販売対象/無垢版

private print postcard 001-z

code: TH_PPP-001-z
theme: Chotaro KAWASAKI
lit.relevant:『遊歩のグラフィスム』 Graphics of Flânerie
photo/year: Unknown/1930’s
limited: 7

E.Iwanaga

addressee: E.Iwanaga

code:
001~999=sequential number by photo
-z=photo without graphic elements. not for sale. [postal]
-a,b,c~=photo with graphic elements. for sale. [pure]

code:
001~999=写真別通し番号
-z=写真面に文字要素なし/非売品
-a,b,c~=写真面に文字要素あり/販売対象/無垢版

private print postcard

This is a series where the author’s favourite photographs are taken out of the drawer and printed by the author onto an original postcard format and then mailed to his acquaintances. Each photograph is limited to 7 prints. In all of them, the year the photograph was taken is indicated and the relationship to one of his literary works is suggested. The photograph is somehow connected to the content or the background of the literary work and as such, functions as a footnote to the text. This is an extension of the «FOOTNOTE PHOTOS» exhibits that have already been held three times in Tokyo.

TH_AIRPOST=
via wwalnuts
+only-box
+private print postcard
+crystal parcel

偏愛する写真を著者の引出しから選び、オリジナルの葉書フォーマットに自身の手で印刷し、知人に贈るシリーズ。各7部限定。すべてに撮影された年が明示され、自身の著作物との関係が示唆される。作品の内容や執筆の背景に関わる写真を、文学的テクストに対する「脚注」として呈示するという、これまでも東京で3度開催されてきた «FOOTNOTE PHOTOS» 展の延長でもある。

code:
001~999=sequential number by photo
-z=photo without graphic elements. not for sale. [postal]
-a,b,c~=photo with graphic elements. for sale. [pure]

code:
001~999=写真別通し番号
-z=写真面に文字要素なし/非売品
-a,b,c~=写真面に文字要素あり/販売対象/無垢版

only-box

《vww-box》is a special box created for 《via wwalnuts》by the writer. With each box, he selects, arranges and attaches the stamps in a unique pattern, to which he may add shipping forms and seals, creating a postal objet d’art. It is then deposited into a mailbox and the postmarks, smudges and damage from the process of being mailed engrave a unique relationship with reader, further defining the bookmaking design. It can be addressed to the exhibition hall or directly to the reader.

«via wwalnuts» 専用の函 «vww-box» に、著者自身がさまざまな切手を図案構成的に貼付し、さらに票符や印章などを施して、郵便アートのオブジェとしても制作したもの。投函され、送達される過程での消印や汚れや傷みも、読者との唯一の関係の刻印として、造本デザインにふくまれる。展示会場宛の場合と、直接読者宛の場合とがある。

TH_AIRPOST=
via wwalnuts
+only-box
STORE_only-box
+private print postcard
+crystal parcel

« TAKASHI HIRAIDE — AIRPOST POETRY »

EXHIBITION
October 4 – November 5, 2016

POSTAL BOOK ART EXHIBITION

only-box, POSTAL BOOK ART EXHIBITION

BOOK DESIGN
FOR ONE FROM ONE
via wwalnuts, only-box, private print postcard, crystal parcel

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor Street East, 3rd floor of Hudson’s Bay Centre

 

only-box «Lonely Salmon»

sent to: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto
lines: from For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut #111
type: JeanLuc
limited: 1
only available through this site, after the exhibition.
STORE_only-box
directly sent to you via crystal parcel