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The Staring Book
The Staring Book
The Staring Book
The Staring Book
The Staring Book

The Staring Book

2011, Sep

– book cover, foreigners, staring, Japan

Through the years living here in Japan I've heard several non-Japanese friends of mine complain that they get stared at in public. When I heard of a recent incident I got the idea for this, a book cover for a fictional book called Why Do Japanese People Stare At Foreigners? by the fictional author Masao Suzuki (incidentally the ex-president of department store Matsuzakaya shares the same name).

The idea is simple, print out this cover and wrap it around a book you are reading. Then, as soon as you get stared at on the train or in a public place (to the point where it becomes uncomfortable) take out the book and pretend to start reading it while giving the starer ample view of the cover. The starer is then made aware of the situation in the most Japanese of ways, through non-confrontation.

It fits around the standard "Pocket" size of softcover book, 5.13 x 8.00 inches (13.02 x 20.32 cm). Just pick your books spine-width, download the suitable PDF file, print, cut out and then you're ready to go.

The cover has been featured on CNN and on the Japanese news source Rocketnews24, as well as countless blogs.


Now available to download!



This cover is being distributed under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND license. Which means you are free to print, copy and share this work under the conditions that you attribute, not use it for commercial purposes or make derivative works. More information here.

For inquiries about this cover please contact thestaringbook@gmail.com and please visit The Staring Book official Facebook page.