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Stylish Library Nicknamed Forest of Aphorisms

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Residents of Nasushiobara City, about two hours north of Tokyo, were in for a treat when a new public library opened in late 2020. Nicknamed Mirumiru, the library is a spacious, two-story structure that takes inspiration from the Japanese word mori, or forest, a keyword from the local community’s identity.

The library was designed as a “forest of aphorisms,” explains architect Mari Ito, who was responsible for the overall design. She worked with graphic designer Shogo Kishino, who was not only responsible for the signage but also installed various words and phrases throughout the library bookshelves.

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