Book Is Here!

Posted on Tuesday 18 August 2009

Finally, I got my books delivered from Japan!
WIth all the talk of the digital literacy era, there’s something so nice about seeing an actual book. Especially when the book is crafted with care. I was fortunate enough to work with a very good publisher and a designer who dedicated their time creating a beautiful book.

It is written by my mother Emi Tsutsumi who is a poet. She wrote this beautiful poetry and I really wanted to illustrate it. It was a long journey to find the right publisher and we went through so many revisions too. But we made this book with almost no compromises. Although I was several months late for the initial deadline, I made all the illustrations the way I wanted to.

This is such a Japanese language specific book that I am not sure if it’ll ever make it to the western market. Many have asked me if I would sell them on my website… I initially planned to but unfortunately it turned out that it didn’t quite make sense to do that.
But in the time of internet shopping, you can order from Amazon Japan! They will ship it to anywhere in the world!

Go to Amazon Japan to order today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wait, someone just told me that this one is A LOT cheaper. Shipping is only 6 bucks to the U.S!! Wow, I did not know about this website..
Basically, you can go to the link above and click on “English” on top of the menu(otherwise it’s in Japanese). And then type its ISBN Number 4569689760 which will direct to the book!

Everything looks better than I expected it. The Pixar director of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich generously gave a quote on the book!

The print really shows the paper collage texture from the original paintings…

19 Comments for 'Book Is Here!'

    August 18, 2009 | 3:23 pm

    WONDERFUL news! Looks just great!!! Yay! Omedetoooouuuu!!!


    August 18, 2009 | 4:13 pm

    It looks amazing, if its not to expensive for a staving lil student I would love to pick one up!

    August 18, 2009 | 4:14 pm

    Congratulations Dice!! You must be so happy and moved to see your book for real! And even more because you did it with your mother, what a beautiful project!
    I think I’m going to order it even if it’s in Japanese! (could you translate it later on your blog?!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) It’s a pity you only show us one page, but it seems very beautiful, I’m looking forward to discovering the others pictures.. bravo again! ^

    August 18, 2009 | 4:28 pm

    great work!!!! you have a new follower from Spain

    August 18, 2009 | 9:56 pm

    To be able to work on something with your mom, that’s fantastic. I’ll definitely pick it up! (Does it have English translation somewhere?)

    August 19, 2009 | 7:11 am

    Congrats! I look forward to ordering my copy and having you sign it.

    August 19, 2009 | 8:16 am

    wow! finally! will order soon! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for the info, Dice. the preview page is looking great.

    August 19, 2009 | 3:09 pm

    Do you think that SF Kinokuniya will carry it? In any rate, I think that I am going to order via internet for my nieces and nephew who are studying Japanese and myself. Beautiful work.

    August 20, 2009 | 1:57 pm

    That’s great new!! Congratulations, This book seems beautiful!! I’d love to have one ๐Ÿ˜€

    August 20, 2009 | 9:46 pm

    very nice and Congrats! I did a yen conversion for the amazon site and it comes to about $13.

    August 21, 2009 | 3:43 pm


    August 22, 2009 | 9:02 am

    Congratulations Dice! It looks breathtakling!

    August 25, 2009 | 4:33 am

    looks beautiful!

    August 25, 2009 | 5:24 pm

    Baseball winner, Worldwide organizer, Artistic Director at Pixar, Outdoor painter, Comic autor, Children book illustrator. Wow. You’re everywhere at once ! Congrats !

    August 28, 2009 | 5:34 pm

    Your book looks amazing Dice! Congrats! I want to get my hands on it!

    September 11, 2009 | 3:39 pm

    I just received my copy of your lovely children’s book, and I was immediately mesmerized and immersed in the amazing imagery. Although, written in Japanese, I know what is being said with each of your beautiful paintings. Congratulations Dice, this is well worth the effort and has become a prized addition to my library!

    Keep on inspiring us!

    September 15, 2009 | 2:30 am

    wow, it looks amazing :0)

    October 4, 2009 | 11:55 pm

    Hi everyone!

    Thank you for all your encouraging comments and emails!
    I have been in the crunch mode at work and my life right now and once it’s all over in a month or so, I’ll be a lot more active in responding to you all!

    thank you again!

    November 27, 2009 | 10:34 am

    Hey Dice! Bought this book in Tokyo last week. It’s wonderful. Congrats! ๐Ÿ™‚

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