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AB&C(artbook and crafts HIDA)

[AB&C​ (Art Book & Crafts)] is an event held in Hida Takayama by art book and craft artists.  

“I want to enjoy the charm of “art books” that make it possible to experience art through a casual reading experience.”

The first event will feature participation from all over Japan and even overseas, with five art book booths and works by locally active craft artists lined up at the venue. Autumn in Hida Takayama, face books and works with your own eyes, and meet special people. Art books, limited-edition zines, prints, crafts...overflowing with originality will be on display for two days. 


Event overview

Date and time: October 28th (Sat) and 29th (Sun), 2023


Venue: Yawaya Exhibition Room “4’33”

Address: 1372-2 Utsue, Kokufu-cho, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture


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The Future Publishing & D.E.A.D
(Amsterdam, Tokyo, Ojika Island)

The Future Publishing (Studio The Future) is an art book publisher, artist unit, and multidisciplinary design studio founded in 2013 by Clara van Daukren and Vincent Skipper based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. D.E.A.D (Dog Ears Archive and Distribution) is a publishing distributor primarily in partnership with The Future Publishing. In 2023, we will start the nationwide tour-type exhibition and sales event “DEAD FUTURE TOUR”.

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Manila Books & Gift
(Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya City)

A specialty store that mainly handles imported zines, art books, and artist goods. Also, the publishing department Manila Press started last year! Through the production of zines, we support the activities of local artists. As a side note, the shop owner has no connection to Manila, the capital of the Philippines. I decided on the store name just for fun. This shop is run by such a laid-back owner.


Yorozuya Tsuchigumo
(Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)

I'm a Yorozuya who spends every day doing free research, doing field work with guardian dogs in the mountains of the Hida region, making guardian dog goods, electrical work, metal fitting, and occasionally taking photos and writing.


(Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)

After working as a caregiver for 10 years, I started running a kitchen truck. As I interacted with patients through nursing care, I realized that the time of constant happiness in life is when I eat. That's how we started a mobile store. We mainly sell sandwiches. I am making it while thinking about the balance so that it will be as good as possible.

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(Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture)

Established in 2017 as the atelier of photographer Yukito Kono. Afterwards, it opened to the public on weekends under the concept of an "open study." With the mission of exploring contemporary photographic expression, communicating and disseminating the appeal of collections of works as a culture in a broad sense, and exploring the possibilities of archiving for the future, the gallery holds special exhibitions and exhibits both domestically and internationally, focusing on contemporary photography. We will exhibit/sell/distribute a collection of his works.

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(Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture)

2020 A very small free space newly added to a corner of the salon in Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture We are gradually handling works such as artbook photobook print. We explore freedom and independence within society, culture, community, and environment, and their beautiful expression. In addition to selling works, we independently conduct interviews with domestic and foreign artists and independent publishers, and do not only disseminate information, but also capture the thoughts of creators and artists and archive them together with their works. We are active in this area.


Hidenobu the bear
(Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, various locations)

A stray painter and a curry shop.

Born in 1984. Born in Hyogo Prefecture.

Worked as a salesman at a miscellaneous goods manufacturer, but retired.

After retiring, he studied design at Musashino Art University.

He taught himself how to draw while still in school, and became a painter after graduating.

Created to be everyday pictures that are relevant to daily life.

He is active in holding solo exhibitions and peddling all over the country.

He runs ``Kimukuma Curry,'' a curry restaurant that does not have a storefront.


(Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)

We are a design office located in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture (Hida Takayama), established in 2020. I create works every day with the belief that through the use of graphics and words, I can bring even a little bit more kindness to the world, including myself.

Bear Hidenobu (Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)

Yoshiharu Sugiyama (Hakusan City, Ishikawa Prefecture)

HAND (Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)

Koshina (Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)

​Kimukuma Curry (Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)

Yorozuya Tsuchigumo (Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)

Yawaya/Kasokesha (Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)

Ryoji Nakajima (Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture)

AB&C (artbook and crafts HIDA) project PART1

We are looking for art books related to Hida.

AB&C (Art Books & Crafts) will be soliciting works of expression in the form of books and pamphlets, in conjunction with the participation of stores that handle a variety of art books. We are looking forward to receiving a wide variety of entries, from simple copies to bound books, from individuals to groups, and from design, fashion, music, crafts, film, theater, theater, architecture, poetry, picture books, etc. Masu.


AB&C(artbook and crafts HIDA) project PART2
​Talk event

Open the page and look at a corner of the world Art Book Roundtable

Art books have been expanding and gaining popularity worldwide since the 2000s. His expressions are not limited to photography and painting, but include sculpture, architecture, crafts, etc., and continue to be updated in diversified forms. Art books serve as inspiration and information gathering for people who want to express themselves, and their popularity is expanding as more and more readers enjoy them at cafes or at home as an ``appreciation'' activity, much like watching a movie or listening to music. Masu. A contemporary artist once said, ``Contemporary art is not a form, but a philosophy in society.'' Then, isn't looking at art books these days looking at the society we live in? ? When you hear about art, you think, ``It seems a little difficult...'' but when you hear about society, it's about things that are very familiar to you, such as towns, workplaces, schools, etc.! In the first place, ``expression'', including art, was created by people who are active in society, just like us. In this talk event, we will invite 5 groups including people from overseas who work with art books to have a roundtable discussion. One of the charms and fun of art books is that while viewing them, you can connect with society and people you don't know, thinking, ``Is this kind of expression and world spreading in places you don't know?'' While listening to these stories, we take a look at a corner of the world through photography and art.


And what can we see by looking at art books in Hida, where we live?


By the time the talk event is over, you might see the world a little more broadly than you do now! ! ? ! This is the first time in Hida Takayama that we have had the opportunity to see such a large collection of art books all at once, including those who were interested but never had the chance to pick them up, and those who love looking at art books. maybe? ? After the talk event ends, you can view the book directly at the venue.


Please participate.

Talk event summary

Date and time: October 29, 2023 (Sunday)

Start time: 10:00am

​Fee: 1,500 yen

Venue: Yawaya Exhibition Room “4’33”


[Talk guest]

・The Future Publishing & D.E.A.D

(Amsterdam, Tokyo, Ojika Island)

・IACK (Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture)

・Manila Books & Gift (Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture)

・CYRO (Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture)

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