“Shiki no Kusabana” (“Flowers of Seasons”) is Japan’s smallest printed book, with pages the size of the eye of a needle, according to the publishing company Toppan Printing’s statement made on Wednesday.
The micro-book has 22 pages and contains names and monochrome microscopic illustrations of Japanese flowers such as the cherry and the plum, adding the 0.75 millimetre (0.03 inch) pages were impossible to read with the naked eye, the international press reports.
Toppan Printing, which has been making micro books since 1964, said letters just 0.01 mm wide were created using the same technology as money printers use to prevent forgery.
The company will apply to Guinness World Records to claim the title of world’s smallest book, which is currently held by a 0.9 mm, 30-page volume published in Russia. The book is called “Chameleon” and was created by Siberian craftsman Anatoliy Konenko in 1996.
“Shiki no Kusabana” can be seen at Toppan’s Printing Museum in Tokyo. It can also be bought, together with a magnifying glass and a larger copy, for Y29,400 ($307).