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The Longing Room Coloring Book

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by Chiaki Ida
on 11 December 2015
Style: Contains Extras, double page printing
Pages: 72
Format: Dust Jacket, Glue & Stitched
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The theme of this coloring book is a longing shop. All of the things in shops and the shops that take your fancy. Fall in love with the gorgeous bakeries, book stores, flower shops, cake shops and others as you wander around the town center.

The Longing Room Coloring Book

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The Longing Room Coloring Book Video Review

I hope you enjoyed the video review of this Japanese coloring book which is known as The Longing Room or The Longing Shop.

The Longing Room Coloring Book Review

The Longing Room is a lovely Japanese colouring book that features the interior and exterior of a number of shops around a small town. The main star is a young girl who we follow around town on this journey. Along the way, we get to visit the bookshop, the bakers, a patisserie, the tailor, a shoe shop, clock shop, art supply store, old wares furniture store before popping in to the local cafe. On the way home, the young girl visits the flower shop, open air fruit and vegetable market, where this caffeine and sugar addicted girl has another coffee and a donut.

It is a beautifully illustrated book telling a story of the town as you color your way through it. Every time I look at it, it reminds me so much of Romantic Country and Eriy and the beautiful way that she has of telling a story complete with town map.

Cover & Layout

The Longing Room has a lovely matte dust jacket on it that has a slight waxy finish to it to repel those greasy hands 🙂 The cover is colored with an effect that looks like color pencils in a muted color scheme. On the cover we see the young girl admiring dresses in the window of the shop. The cover image accurately depicts the content inside the book as it comprises mainly buildings (interior and exterior) and the items that belong inside and out. There are very few full faced images of the young girl.

The back cover features the same muted tones with what looks like hurried pencil coloring on it, that ends up looking artistic and pretty. A frame of little buildings featuring the shops in the book surround a donut cart.

As is often the way with Japanese coloring books there is an image that signifies the start and finish of the book. On the front fold out flap of the dust jacket we see a cat sneaking into the partly opened shop door. On the back flap the door is firmly shut and the “closed” sign is up. It is just adorable the way that illustrators tend to do this in Japanese coloring books.  It is such a subtle introduction and closing to a book that conveys the meaning in all languages.

The inner brown card cover is decorated, both front and back,  with silver printed items from the various shops including bread, shoes, a watch and books.

The Longing Room measures approximately 25cm x 25cm (9.8 in x 9.8 in)

Ancillary Pages

A decorated title page shows the young girl featured in the coloring book with various elements from different shops in the book.   You can color, flowers, books, vegetables and dresses on this gorgeous title page.    The coloring book starts with a message from the author, in Japanese,  and shows the young girl getting ready to go out and the path that she would travel.     Over page there is a section on materials and blending, in Japanese.   The cute cat featured at the start of the book is seen sneaking through the page turn illustration, indicating that you should follow him/her to proceed through the book.    It really is such a lovely way to feature this cat leading you through the book.        The preceding pages would be the best place to test out your mediums and how they react with your coloring style.


Layout

All of the illustrations have been printed on both sides of the paper.   The paper is off white and a medium quality and quite sturdy.  All of the images have been orientated portrait style within the coloring book.    There are 44 pages in total that comprise double page scenes with the balance of images being presented on one side of the page.

Art work does run to the spine of the book in the double page scenes and in a few of the single illustrations.   At the moment, the binding on the book, is quite stiff.    As  I have been gently pushing it down it has started to give a little.   This gives me confidence that it will relax and loosen with further use and be easier to color in the tricky spaces.    If that fails,  I may have to get Mr Muscles on to the job of pushing the book flat.    This is my only niggle with the book, and it may be that I’m just a weakling 🙂


The Longing Room Coloring Book Images and Illustrations

The illustrations in the Longing Room are beautifully descriptive and illustrated.    A medium black line is featured in the line art with texture markings being added in a finer line and a duller black.    The line art has the feel of hand drawn art about it, that is very appealing and charming.

It is impressive that the artist has given us such beautiful macro and micro views of  each shop.    We can color the outdoor areas that often feature cobblestone paths and other aspects of village life like posters, bicycles and flowers.   The artist then moves us inside each shop where we have a more detailed view of the interior.   For some shops, like the bakery,  there are also individual close ups of different items in store for you to color.

One of the things that I really like about The Longing Room is there is a massive variety of things to color in.    It makes it a wonderful book for practicing all things that you may like to learn to color like metal for scissors, clothing folds, leather on shoes, flowers, stone on the buildings and wood panelling and stairs.

All of the aspects of the shops are incredible detailed but not packed with so much detail that it is overwhelming and too complex.    One of the things that shifts the focus to the shop and items within, is the lack of detail on the little girl’s face.   Often we see her in profile, but more often it is from behind, meaning that we do not need to worry about the difficulties of coloring faces as much as we would in other books.    It seems that this is intentional in order to ensure that the focus remains on the shops the subject of the book.

Whilst this book does contain a lot of detail, there are  many areas of open spaces and larger elements within pictures to color in.    These factors make it suitable for those with a minor visual impairment.

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Bonus

You know I love the treats that are often to be found in Japanese coloring books.    The Longing Shop is no different.    At the back of the book there are 7 gift tags and 2 postcards that you can color in and cut out.   The page is not perforated, but there are useful cutting lines printed on the page.

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Where to buy The Longing Room/The Longing Shop Coloring Book (Japanese Edition)

Retailer Amazon JP Yes Asia

Where to buy My Colorful Town (English Edition)

The English edition of this coloring book has been released.    According to readers the English edition does NOT have the treats at the end.    I do not plan on purchasing the English edition.

If you do wish to purchase My Colorful Town the English edition of this coloring book you can do so from the following links.

Amazon US Amazon UK Amazon Canada Book Depository

Happy coloring x

Lea

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About the author

coloringqueen

I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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8 Comments

  • I really like the looks of the drawings in this book. Have been seriously considering ordering a Japanese coloring book here soon. They really always look so “special” for some reason.
    Thanks Lea for another
    wonderful review.

    Connie xxx

    • They often feel special because they are from a different country and they sometimes have little treats at the end 🙂 This one may not be for you, as most of the instructions are in Japanese and the drawings do get far more detailed as you progress through the lessons. I started off with the first picture in water colors and found following the visuals quite difficult just on the simple picture. It would have been a huge benefit to have the text in English as well! Happy coloring x

      • Lea,
        Thank you so much for your input. Will keep my etes open for another and see what your opinion is.
        Happy weekend if I don’t talk with you before.

        Connie xxx

  • Hi,

    Will you be reviewing The Dream Rooms Colouring book? I’m not sure if its by the same author as The Longing Room but they have a similar style and feel about them. As far as I know its only available on Amazon Japan.

    There isn’t any book reviews on it and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. 🙂

    • Yes I will be at some stage, there’s a flip through of it on one of my collection videos. I’ll have to dig it out 🙂 I’m ashamed to say I’ve had it for so long and it still hasn’t made it to the top of the stack. Now that I’m back from holidays I’ll have a hunt around for it and add it to the filming pile. Happy coloring x

      • Oh great! I couldn’t bring myself to believe you didn’t have it somewhere:) You have EVERY colouring book ever created- I’m convinced! 🙂 Look forward to your review!
        Thanks!
        – Also, will you be reviewing Wild Savannah and any of the Deluxe editions by her? They look super gorgeous!

        • I’ve filmed it and will upload it to You Tube 🙂 About time the poor thing got reviewed it’s been on my shelf forever lol. If you are referring to Wild Savannah by Millie Marotta yes I will be reviewing it …I have it laying around here *somewhere* lol but other than the postcards I’ve already reviewed, I won’t be reviewing any of the deluxe editions by her. Happy coloring x