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This adventurous pop-up book for kids whisks you on a whirlwind tour of Tokyo's most famous landmarks!

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Tokyo Pop-Up Book cleverly pairs cultural and geographical information with artful paper engineering and an exciting storyline. Follow Chico, a 13-year-old shutterbug, and his mischievous cat Neko as they travel to the world's largest city. It doesn't take long for things to go off course when Neko decides to do some sightseeing on her own!

As the pair travels the twists and turns of Tokyo, they pass through unique sites, each with an action pop-up to discover:
  • Asakusa Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple where their adventure begins
  • The thriving shopping district above Akihabara Station
  • A stadium where a rousing Sumo match is in progress
  • Shinjuku Station, where riders are packed into trains by professional "pushers"
  • The imposing Tokyo Skytree tower, the tallest structure in Japan, where poor Neko has a dizzying close call
  • The base of iconic Mt. Fuji, where the adventure has its happy conclusion

About the Author:

Sam Ita studied graphic design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn before following his passion for paper engineering. He draws inspiration from comics, origami, and machines, applying his craft to publishing, advertising, animation, display, and toy design. His pop-up book creations include Christmas Tree In-a-Box, The Odyssey, Moby Dick, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Frankenstein and his origami kits include Flying Dragons Paper Airplanes and Next Generation Airplanes Kit.


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  • Impressive pop-ups with intricate details
  • Great souvenir for children
This is the story of Chico (actually Chiyonosuke), a half-Japanese teenager from New Jersey, who visits Tokyo to see his aunt Hana. Fond of capturing his experiences on camera, he is accompanied by his cat Neko. The story starts off with Chico's arrival at Narita Airport and his journey to Asakusa where he gets separated from his beloved cat. His subsequent search for Neko leads Chico from attraction to attraction, from landmark to landmark: Akihabara, the Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Harajuku Station, and Tokyo Skytree. He is reunited with Neko at his aunt's home, and the family spend a relaxing evening soaking in what seems to be a public bath.

The whole book - presented in comic style - consists of only fourteen pages with six magnificent pop-up scenes. While the drawing style is a little crude for my taste, the intricate pop-ups are of an amazing quality. They need to be handled with great care though; unfortunately, I ripped off the Takeshiba street sign on my first reading.

The book is aimed at kindergarteners and elementary school students and makes a perfect souvenir for children.

Sam Ita's website: Sam Ita

Pop-up samples:

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Sam Ita
Tuttle Publishing
Year of publication
May 29, 2018
Number of pages
2,000 JPY

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