handmade journals, sketchbooks & calendars

All Kitaken books are handmade and are available as blank journals, address books and pocket calendars. Since each book is made to order as a custom-made book, there are numerous possibilities to personalise a book according to your own taste. Kitaken books are perfect as a unique gift with an extremely personal touch.

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Formats

The following five formats are available:

Blank book small: 10x15 cm, 70 sheets (140 pages)
Blank book large: 15x21 cm, 80 sheets (160 pages)
Address and telephone book: 10x15 cm, 46 sheets (92 pages)
Weekly calendar (2 pages=week): 10x15 cm, 80 sheets (160 p.)
Daily calendar (1 page=day): 15x21 cm, 230 sheets (460 pages)

The measurements refer to the inside dimensions and describe the actually usable area of the book or calendar.


Materials

Only the very best quality materials from Japan and Europe are used during production.

When choosing the front cover there is a choice of two design collections: "Washi" and "Wabi-Sabi": The covers from the Washi-series are covered with high-quality Japanese paper (Chiyogami and Katazome) printed in historical technique and traditional motives, which I import from Kyoto. "Chiyo" meaning "1000 generations", which indicates the durability of this paper, is as sturdy as it is beautiful. The front covers of the Wabi-Sabi-Series are covered with exclusive white pearl paper or natural linen fabric, with a printed original Kitaken design. These designs are based on my photographs and drawings, and are in the tradition of Japanese Wabi-Sabi aesthetics. The back and spine of the books of both design collections are covered with a fine bookcloth from Germany.

The book block of the books and calendars consist of high-quality, ivory-coloured paper, which I obtain directly from Milan. It impresses with its simple elegance, value-adding haptics and acid-free properties, protecting your entries from fading.


 
A visual overview of all available formats can be downloaded here.
 

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A swatch list with my exclusive Japanese papers, cover designs and bookcloths can be downloaded here.

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Personalisation

In addition to the possibility of selecting the format and cover materials of the books and calendars, there are other options to make your book truly unique.

All covers can be personalised with a name or a short text (also in Japanese Katakana characters). For this purpose a personalised linen plaque is embossed directly into the cover.

In principle, it is even possible to order an album with a cover of your own design. For this, your own design must have good printing properties and can be provided in a high resolution. Such requests can be made via the contact form.


Albums from the Wabi-Sabi series, are printed on natural linen and personalisations are directly printed onto the cover.

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Prices

When purchasing a book, there are two options: Existing designs can be easily purchased in my online shop.

If your desired book is not displayed in the shop, you can send an order request via the contact form. The contact form can also be used for larger orders, or if you are interested in a professional cooperation (dealers, shops, photographers, etc.).

To calculate the costs for a self-desgined book, please refer to the price structure:

Base prices
Blank book small: 16 GBP
Blank book large: 20 GBP
Address and telephone book: 16 GBP
Weekly calendar: 20 GBP
Daily calendar: 24 GBP

Extras
Personalised plaque: 9 GBP
Personalisation by direct printing (Wabi-Sabi series only): 5 GBP
Own design: Depending on motif. Please inquire.
Satin ribbon (Standard and Maxi format only): Free
Surcharge for vintage chiyogami (see swatch list): 5 GBP

Shipping
United Kingdom: 4 GBP
Germany: 5 GBP
Rest of the world: upon request


Shipping costs only apply once even when ordering multiple products. The information for the item with the highest individual shipping costs is decisive.

 

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