Born and raised in Shizuoka, Japan, just by Mt. Fuji and rich in beautiful nature, Chika Unno is the project manager of photo book series, “I know Japan”. Joining Nikko Graphic Arts seven years ago, she became one of the starting members of a new publication department, which launched 2015. She wants to introduce real Japan to the people outside it, so she is constantly searching for interesting subjects.
1. What was the last book you read?
New Moral by Takeshi Kitano. It was funny and his own view of morality was quite interesting (he is the most famous comedian in Japan, and also directs movies). I really enjoyed it.
2. How did you buy it?
I borrowed it from my colleague.
3. And what did you read it on?
4. What’s next on your reading list?
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. This intense story is on the TV drama at the moment and I am watching it every week. It is so good so I want to read the original novel now.
5. Tell us what you/your company does in 20 words or fewer?
Printing, producing technical documents, multi-lingual translation, and new publication department!
6. Tell us the one thing about your company/business that we need to know.
This is our first book to be published. Yes, we are just so keen to come to The London Book Fair, so we decided to come with our first book.
7. Which great novel have you tried to read–but failed?
No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai. I think he could choose better title though.
8. What is the silliest thing you have on your desk?
“Uchideno-Koduchi,” a wishing mallet. I got it from a local shrine. So far, it’s working. Well, maybe I shouldn’t mention it here as the silliest thing on my desk, as it sounds very ungrateful to the magical power. Correction; this is the most important thing on my desk.
9. When was your first London Book Fair (LBF)?
2016. This year!
10. What is the one essential item you bring to the Fair?
As this is the first LBF for me, I need courage. I must take the wishing mallet.