Ever since I started studying shifu, I've wanted to cut a Japanese book into strips to make cord. It's just something I had to get out of my system. It was a pain. Lots of trial and error. First round, the paper was too wet and kept breaking. Next time, it was too dry. I finally found a happy medium, but it was still frustrating. Tree paper gives me uneven cord, and breaks a lot.
Here's the book. No, I don't know Japanese. I hope this isn't anything lurid.
I don't think it is, because I loved how the cover has this subtle raised background. See the birds?