Robin and Ella

The Balancing Book

Achieving balance
through imperfection.


The Power of Chōwa is a book about the Japanese philosophy of finding balance even when things seem to go wrong. Author Akemi Tanaka wants to create a cover that visualises this in a way that’s quintessentially Japanese and embraces traditional simplicity while still feeling modern.

A limited edition of The Power of Chōwa designed to do exactly what it teaches, with a special cover that keeps the book in a constant state of balance. This is  done through a simple cut in one of the book’s corners, reflecting the Japanese style of achieving balance through natural simplicity and imperfection*.

*Wabi-sabi & Shiguchi.



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