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January 20, 2012


'Bukubuku' Exchange Events Popping Up in Japan

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JFS/'Bukubuku' Exchange Events Popping Up in Japan
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A curiously named activity centered on books, "bukubuku koukan," has been growing in popularity in Japan since February 2010. Meaning "book-book exchange," these events give book enthusiasts a place to gather and share their favorite books, all while getting to know each other.

Participants bring one or more books that are relevant to that specific event's theme. After briefly describing the books they brought, participants insert their business card in their books and then exchange them for others they liked, selecting as many books as they brought. Some participants come only to watch and listen, while others like to organize the event for their community.

In Spain, April 23 is Sant Jordi's day, when people exchange books for roses. Mr. Teri Ueda, the creator of bukubuku koukan, took a hint from this custom and has hosted events in various places. Ueda hopes to have February 9 named Book Day and make it a custom not only in Japan but around the world.

Posted: 2012/01/20 06:00:15 AM