Sam Ita studied graphic design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn before following his passion for paper engineering. He draws inspiration from comics, origami, and machines, applying his craft to publishing, advertising, animation, display, and toy design. His pop-up book creations include Christmas Tree In-a-Box, The Odyssey, Moby Dick, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Frankenstein and his origami kits include Flying Dragons Paper Airplanes and Next Generation Airplanes Kit.
"Yet again, Sam Ita takes the pop-up book genre to a new dimension!
His skillful blend of graphic story-telling and paper engineering
makes Tokyo Pop-Up Book his most innovative and playful book yet."
- Matthew Reinhart, author of Cinderella: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale and
Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure
"...the coolest book ever...Each full-page spread that follows shows a typical scene from Tokyo...from bright lights, to temples, a sumo match, train station, onsen, and more...Sam Ita has done a very good job with the Tokyo Pop-Up Book, indeed, he is a paper engineer to design all the details and have so many pop-up elements on each page that truly shows Tokyo at its finest." -Castle View Academy blog
"If you enjoy pop-up books, you will love the scenes in this book. I was very impressed with the details and the vibrant scenes on each page. Plus, there are so many things to see throughout the book that it really is so much more than a book to read." -In Our Spare Time blog
"The majority of the pages are edge-to-edge, filled with art, pop-ups, and Neko the Cat. It is fun to keep up with the adventure and sit here looking at the pop-ups to see what is happening in the scene taking place." -TheDailyFandom.com