Category: Living Arts


Exhibition – Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan


Discover how two artists seeking a new direction for modern art in the aftermath of World War II found inspiration in Japanese tradition. Trace the friendship, work, ideas and mutual influence of Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa, who both sought to balance tradition and modernity, Japanese culture and foreign influences, past and present. Changing and…



Feb.01 Steve Beimel

JapanCraft21主催バイメル・スティーブエンとジャーナリスト リチャード・バーナーのインタビューはこちら。 初めてのロニー賞受賞は堤卓也氏。 アワードセレモニーのビデオはここをクリック 優秀賞受賞者の皆さまおめでとうございます! 伝統的建築技法を学ぶ日曜塾(心町家塾) 最新情報はこちらをクリック! 2019年、JapanCraft21は内藤工務店と共に心町家塾を立ち上げました。木組みや竹の土壁などの、急速に消滅しつつある日本の建築技法を学ぶ若い大工の授業料を支援しています。 工芸の未来のために力を貸してくれている仲間たち     アドバイザーとボランティアの皆さま、ありがとうございます!  


A Taste of Culture – Sudachi & Kabosu

Oct.31 Elizabeth Andoh

The Japanese have consumed a variety of citrus for millennia; enjoying both the juice and peels of the fruit. Many who reside outside Japan have become familiar with yuzu, a member of the Rutaceae (citrus) family primarily prized for its aromatic yellow peel. However, sudachi (above, left) and kabosu (above, right) both coming to market…


Evaluating Japanese tea bowls – KAKO Katsumi


A potter with only one year of full time training could produce mass produced tea bowls using a mold, using an energy efficient electric kiln ensuring minimal damage to works during firing, resulting in a pleasant yet unremarkable bowl which retails for about $50.  KAKO Katsumi, who made the featured piece here, has about 30…


Japan Traditional Craft Revitalization Contest – Award Ceremony July 6, 2021

Sept.30 Steve Beimel

Left to right: Sculptor YASUDA Kan, JapanCraft21 founder Steve Beimel and 2021 Ronnie Prize Winner, TSUTSUMI Takuya. ACCESS HERE to read an Interview of JapanCraft21 founder, Steve Beimel, with journalist Richard Varner and learn about the first Ronnie Prize Winner TSUTSUMI Takuya! ACCESS HERE to see Award Ceremony video CONGRATULATIONS to our Awards of Excellence…


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Japanese Dolls as Fine Art: The figure depicted is a townsman of the pre-modern period attending a local neighborhood Shinto festival. Stunning realism is seen in the facial expression and natural body posture. Pay close attention to the detail of the hands. Artist: HORIBE Shinko 日本人形、堀部信子作   Tokyo-based Nuno Textiles is one of the world’s…


Isohi Setsuko basketry show at Tai Modern in Santa Fe

Aug.19 Gail Rieke

A wonderful show of contemporary basketry features the work of Isohi Setsuko. A relatively young woman in a field of craft dominated by elder men, this woman has shown herself to be extraordinary in design, skill, and inventiveness. Her lightness of touch and bold forms weave exquisite materials to honor her teachers and inspire future…


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“Moon Waves” is a contemporary work of art created in washi, traditional handmade Japanese paper, which the artist creates with raw pigment-colored mulberry bark fibers. Thin tengujo washi and silk are also part of the work. Having lived her entire adult life in Kyoto, artist Sarah Brayer is one of the world’s leading artists working…


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Ceramic Artist:  FUKAMI Sueharu, large celedon porcelain sculpture 深見陶治作、青磁の彫刻 ニュース: 伝統工芸再生コンテストー7月6日 オンラインアワードセレモニー News: Traditional Craft Revitalization Contest-July 6th On-line Awards Ceremony Ceramic Artist: KOHYAMA Yasuhisa, Shigaraki stoneware vase 神山易久作、信楽焼、 Architect: Keiji Ashizawa Design, mountain retreat home 芦沢啓治建築設計事務所:山の別荘 Made in Kyoto’s Nishijin district, this Kimono Obi (sash) is one of the great craft treasures of Japan….


Architect AOKI Jun Designs Three Vuitton Shop Facades by Charles Bernstein AIA


Jun Aoki has once again customized the luxury brand Louis Vuitton with another unique façade for Ginza Namiki Store. He has remade the façade of the building previously designed by him in 2007. The earlier design utilized painted aluminum sheets in a textural pattern that expressed both solidity and lightness. This remade façade is brilliant…