Instead of being lost to memory, an old, tattered 1,000-page English-Japanese dictionary was given new life when its owner handed it over to Nobuo Okano, a Japanese master craftsman who has spent 30 years perfecting the art of restoring old books.
Nobuo begins by shaving the old glue from the spine
The book had some maps of English-speaking countries. They suffered greatly, so Nobuo glued them to new sheets of paper
The most monotonous part is straightening out every page corner with tweezers…
…and then wetting and ironing the corners straight!
Using a heavy-duty paper cutter, Okano removes the color from the edges