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
Tokyo-based Nuno Textiles is one of the world’s leading textile designers. Led by SUDO Reiko, they combine traditional Japanese methodology with
cutting edge technology, resulting in works of beauty, originality and variety. Known internationally in the textile community, Nuno remains one of Japan’s best
kept secrets. The following article shows just of few of their many outstanding works.
Shisendo, Hall of the Poet Hermits, is the former retirement villa of an early 17th century intellectual located in the eastern hills of Kyoto. Sit far back from the veranda and view this classic scroll garden from the position that it was designed to be seen. The posts and eaves create a frame which, like the lens of a camera, intensifies our view.
HAMANAKA Gesson is a master of contemporary functional ceramics. He lives in a spare and stunning wood and glass house of his own design,
in the charming castle town of Hagi.
“Tensei,” a bronze sculpture by YASUDA Kan, displayed on Corso Italia in the city of Pisa.
“Dance,” a contemporary bamboo sculpture by HONDA Shoryu.
“Bamboo strips — each 1/37inch thick, 1/25 inch wide and 10 feet long — have been worked together to create a sculpture that expresses the exhilaration of dancing. Beautiful twining has been utilized, taking advantage of the flexibility and spring of the bamboo to create this powerful work. The result was given a coating of lacquer to provide a gloss and preserve the bamboo.” —-Masaori Moroyama, Masami Oguchi and Satomi Suzuki from the book, Japanese Bamboo Baskets
Contemporary tea tea bowl by AJIKI Hiro. “The small space embraced within your palms [when holding a teabowl] becomes a mirror to reflect both yourself and the world around you, telling a story…the tea ceremony itself offers a space and time for communication as participants share equally in the moment.”—AJIKI Hiro, from the website of Joan B. Mirviss Ltd., New York, NY. Joan Mirviss is one of the world’s leading authorities on Japanese contemporary ceramics.
“Auspicious Cloud,” a silver flower vessel by OSUMI Yukie. The vase was meticulously hammered into its lyrical shape from a flat sheet of silver.
Glass flower vessel with textile pattern design by SANO Yoko.
“The tea ceremony encompasses all the individual arts of the West. In addition to painting and dance, there is sculpture (in the shape of the porcelain bowl), music (in the sound of the water on the boil) and architecture (in the form of the tea ceremony arbor). These disparate elements intertwine, coalescing to form a single, perfect whole.”- SUGIMOTO Hiroshi
Glass Tea house by SUGIMOTO Hiroshi.