Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something special about the smell of an old book, and the older and mustier it is, the better. The thing about books though, they’re made of paper, so over the years, the more you use them, the more they tear and get worn down. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could reverse this deterioration?
Actually, you can! Just take your books to this Tokyo-based book repairman who can make even the most decrepit book look like you just pulled it off the shelf at the bookstore.
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In one episode of the video series entitled, Shuri, Bakaseru (The Fascinating Repairmen), which focuses on people who specialize in repairing old treasures, we’re introduced to a man who has been mending old books for over 30 years.
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The episode follows one book in particular, an English-Japanese dictionary that a customer received in junior high school and used for the rest of his education and adult life. Now with a daughter of his own entering university, he wants to give her his cherished book, but it’s kind of beat-up, to say the least. In hope of bringing his book a second life, he took it to Okano’s shop in the Suidobashi area of Tokyo.
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Since we don’t have time machines to go back in time to remind our past selves to take better care of our books, or to not write our high school sweetheart’s name in ink on them, it’s good to know our world has someone like Okano, who can use his specialized skills to revive books from their near-death states.
Okano not only saved this book and gave it a second chance, but he is also allowing his customer to save his memories and pass them on to his daughter. It’s kind of touching, just like the ending to a storybook.
Link to the rest at RocketNews24 and thanks to Meryl for the tip.