Even the Japanese Don't Know!? Methods and Types of Watoji ~part1~
It is a bookbinding method which forms a pattern looking like the Japanese pattern “Asanoha” (hemp leaf).
“Asanohagara” (hemp leaf pattern) is a geometric pattern based on the regular hexagon from ancient times in Japan. It is so named for its shape similar to a hemp leaf.
In the past, there was a custom in Japan to make a newborn baby swaddled in the cloth with hemp leaf patterns. During the old days when the mortality was quite high, this pattern conveyed people’s desire to raise healthy children and sweep away ill fortune.
It may be more like a kind of decoration when used in the process of bookbinding, but I, the writer of this article, like its cute look very much.
It's a bookbinding method in which a pattern similar to "Kikkogara" (tortoise shell pattern), a kind of Japanese pattern, is formed. During this binding process, each two holes on every oblique line of Yotsume Toji (Japanese four-hole bookbinding) are punched, showing a pattern of tortoise shell.
This bookbinding method is so named for the "Kikkogara" (tortoise shell pattern) of its thread. It's seemed to be used to bind guest books of gatherings.
Hold the book sideways, can you see a tortoise shell pattern?
Draft storyboard & illustration by Misato Yamada(TOKYO DESIGNER GAKUIN COLLEGE)
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