Born in Kyoto in 1950. Started studying under Master Yuikan Takano at the age of 22 and has been a Noh-mask artist in Kyoto for 46 years. He is one of the few Noh-mask artists who create masks entirely by hand. The masks, which are created using traditional Japanese cypress and whitewashing technique, are popular amongst collectors, museums, and Noh players, also been selected by temples for special events. He agressively approaches abroad for new project and exhibitions.
Born in Nagoya in 1981. He has been folding origami ever since he can remember. Now, he lives
for challenging limits in what could be made by folding origami. Has published two books “Satoshi Kaimya’s Book of Creations”, and “Satoshi Kaimya’s Book of Creations 2” (Origami House).
Born in 1986. He first stepped into the world of origami in his middle-school years, also joining
“Origami-Tanteidan”, an origami study group. His specialties are all types of animals, rooster being his favorite. He researches and innovates new techniques and styles in the w orld of origami.
Born in Wajima, Ishikawa. Became an apprentice in a golden age of lacquer, he has been creating lacquer works for 40 years. Though he started his career as a gold lacquer artist, he was unsure of the gaudiness, and created more works in solid color. However after around 10 years, when other artists went for solid colors, he rediscovered the fascination of gold lacquer and started creating gold lacquer works. Gold lacquer is a decoration and is not intended for everyday life--- He keeps creating works at his studio where he was raised in believing the waste creates spiritual richness.
W39.5 x D18 x H33 cm
"The body, the handle and the spout are made separately.
The Japanese have been studying snowflakes and using them as a motif on kimono even there was no microscope at that time. Snowflake motif has been developed giving gorgeousness to the snow. The snowflakes float against the jet-black color."
Φ8 x H4cm
Each zodiac symbol has meaning. For example, boar of the next year (2019) means courage and energy. The expression of each animal allows viewers to imagine.
Born in Tokyo in 1967. The 4th generation of Kazari Kogei Miura studio. He creates metal hairpins for Kabuki, classical Japanese dance, theater, geisha and kimono accessories for general users. He is one of a few hairpin craftsmen who cut metal pieces using jig saw.
Creates artwork based on people dressed in weapons and armors. As designs and functions transform over time, he views artistic and academic significance within "Yoroi-Kabuto", a Samurai armor-suit, the same way as humans have evolved. He closely documents human lives in current civilization, where time and trend encourages diversity.
Why don't we experimentally look for new possibilities, creating a dialogue with various shapes and colors which presented in a showcase as a cultural relic?
Hairstyles and beards change people's impressions. There are some classic artworks and sculptures with modern hairstyles and clothes, which makes ancient people look modern. I believe it shows that we, humanbeings have not been changed at all.
Samurai in old-tales and plays fascinate us. Thoughts remain as fantasies if one believes so, but there is a hidden reality behind all old tales.
All of us feel more or less lonely. The empathetic feeling towards to figures precieves them to come alive, allowing old history to evolve into new, modern art.
Born in Kyoto in 1949. After graduating Hiyoshigaoka High school Japanese lacquer department, he studied under Master Masaya Suzuki. He joined Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art to restore Japanese lacquer works in 1975, followed by restoring Japanese lacquer works in Sotheby's, Christie's, some other art galleries in the U.K. and museums in Germany. Now based in Austria, he creates and restores works, and teaches in Kaga, Kyoto and Vienna.
Raised in Hyogo. Has a Master’s degree from Kyoto University of Art and Design. She was chosen as a painter for a project which intend to foster young artists and to preserve cultural properties at Myoshinji-temple, Taizo-in in 2011. Now she ink paints on 72 screens of fusuma door of main hall of Taizoin as she lives and experience ascetic training in the temple. Awarded grand prize in "AMUSE ARTJAM" in Kyoto, Performance Award in JEANS FACTORY ART AWARD (2008), Awarded Project Award in "GALLERY RAKU 2010" (2009).
Fusuma, Sumi, Acrylic Paint
Inspired by the beauty of the nature and the changing seasons, I painted 'spring' on the Fusuma in the room I am living at Taizo-in.
Fusuma, Sumi, Acrylic Paint
Dragon and Phoenix flying in a circle. Painted when 25.
Harumi Klossowska de Rola, daughter of the painter Balthus and the Japanese artist countess Setsuko, creates exceptional pieces between fine jewelry and art objects. More than a collection, jewels created by Harumi Klossowska de Rola for Valentino constitute a fauna ; a world out of which spring creatures of wood and gold, dreamed of between Europe and Japan, tamed by the mind and then entrusted to the meticulous craftsmanship of certain Franco-Swiss artisans.
The monkey is gluttony, but in Japan is also seen as wisdom and contentment.
The snake’s lust is associated to protection and recovery.
The owl stands for greed, even though it represents the capacity to see beyond deception.
The lion is sloth, for example, as well as justice and resurrection.
The skull, is the indication of pride.
The ox is characterized by wrath, that symbolizes resurrection and purification.