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Abstract Koi swimming on the black backing of the hardcover books. Each fish is cut 1mm into the front cover and inlayed with Japanese paper. The Japanese paper is arranged to mimic the papers achieved on existing koi. A decorative koi pond in the palm of your hand.

The Japanese paper and Japanese inspired fish design hopes to give the overall feel of the book one of calming and zen.

Nishikigoi: Japanese Ornamental koi (Carp). Koi varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation. Some of the major colors are white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream. Kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.

This blank journal is approximately A5 size, ideal to be carried for daily use. Starts new and becomes takes on an antique-look with usage.

The book cloth ages well, chosen specifically for its ability to wear. Coupled with the brown recycled paper the book will develop an antique look to it after a few months of usage (see last image). Imprint yourself onto this book as it matures from daily look to give you your own fast-aged antique-look book.

The paper used readily accepts almost any medium, and the brown paper gives your sketches and notes a unique feel. Hard cover construction.

80 pages (40 sheets of paper) of 80gsm brown recycled paper
Weight: 400g
Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.4 x 1.8 cm (8 1/2" x 6" x 3/4")
Hand bound
Hand chisel-trimmed edges


Book is new when purchased (no wear on cover). It is up to you to use the book so that it will develop the aged look.
Shipping is done via Australian post

Koi 'swimming' on a black hardcover journal


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Japanese paper, Recycled, 80 gsm, black, Bookcloth, Cardboard
  • Feedback: 13 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Melbourne, Australia