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Bamboo Arts by Rob Coffland
Aug03

Bamboo Arts by Rob Coffland

Yamaguchi Ryuun April, 2015 Yamaguchi Ryuun was born in Saga prefecture and graduated in bamboo craft from the Beppu Vocational School in 1957. At the age of twenty-three he was apprenticed to Living National Treasure Shono Shousai. In 1967 won the Award of Excellence at the New Work Exhibition for Bamboo Products.   Numerous awards and honors followed including Beppu City Mayor’s Awards and Oita Prefecture Governor’s Awards. He was...

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The Sound of Breath Through Bamboo
Oct16

The Sound of Breath Through Bamboo

    The Sound of Breath Through Bamboo by Elliot Kallen   When Mahatma Gandhi first heard the sound of the shakuhachi, he supposedly wept and said he had finally heard the voice of the dead. This story epitomizes the ethereal quality that many people experience when they first hear the sound of the traditional Japanese bamboo flute, the shakuhachi. The inimitable sound and the primal nature of the shakuhachi appeal to our sense of the...

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A Surprise Basket

Steve here: I have invited my friend, bamboo basket collector, Masamitsu Saito, to share one of his basket-related adventures with us. Masamitsu Saito: According to the owner of the antique shop, the bamboo letter box was made during the Edo period (1603-1868AD.) The exterior was woven with various types of smoked bamboo (bamboo taken from the ceilings of farmhouses that has been colored over 200-300 years from cooking and heating)...

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Tanabe Chikuunsai—One of Japan's First Families of Bamboo Artists

Work by Tanabe Chikuunsai III On Sunday, I spent the day in Osaka, looking at contemporary architecture and catching photographer Sugimoto Hiroshi-san’s exhibition at the Osaka National Museum of Art as well as a two man show of the work of Tanabe Chikuunsai-san III and his son Shochiku-san at Takashimaya Department Store.  Not only are Takashimaya Galleries some of the most prestigious venues for artists in Japan, but one of...

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Innovative Bamboo Basket Artist, Yonezawa Jiro-san, returns to Japan.
Feb27

Innovative Bamboo Basket Artist, Yonezawa Jiro-san, returns to Japan.

Almost completely unknown in the west until about 15 years ago, Japanese artists specializing in one-of-a-kind bamboo baskets have since gained a considerable international following.   I had long heard about one such artist, Yonezawa Jiro-san, and was finally able to meet him the other day, in the city of Oita.  After 17 years living in Portland,  contemporary bamboo artitst Yonezawa-san has returned to live in his native northern...

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