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Ceramic Artist:  FUKAMI Sueharu, large celedon porcelain sculpture


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News: Traditional Craft Revitalization Contest-July 6th On-line Awards Ceremony

Ceramic Artist: KOHYAMA Yasuhisa, Shigaraki stoneware vase


Architect: Keiji Ashizawa Design, mountain retreat home


Made in Kyoto’s Nishijin district, this Kimono Obi (sash) is one of the great craft treasures of Japan. Gold leaf is first affixed to natural washi paper which is then sliced into narrow strips and woven into silk.


Garden of Renge-ji Temple in Northeastern Kyoto.


A tea bowl by one of Japan’s great interpreters of the rarefied Shino style, ARIMOTO Kuugen. Though it may be contemporary looking to the western eye, this style originated in the late 1500’s.

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A Grey Shino tea bowl by Hiroshima-based ARIMOTO Kuugen. Shino only requires 3 things: rare white mogusa clay, feldspar for the glaze and a very long, slow firing and cooling. Until age 28, Arimoto was a systems engineer with no interest at all in ceramics. Then one day he saw a Shino bowl and dedicated his energies to mastering this very difficult ceramic form ever since.


A theatrical costume (pineapple fiber) for Japan’s ancient Noh Theater, by world-renowned textile artist, FUKUMOTO Shihoko. Fukumoto’s medium is Japanese all-natural indigo dye, an ancient, laborious process requiring scores of repeated dyeing to achieve subtle gradations of color.



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