TAKUMI INTERVIEW / May.21.2014Sanuki OnigawaraONUMA
Onigawara is a traditional ornamental roof tile with a Japanese ogre face design, which is generally found on the edge of roofs in Japanese architecture.READ MORE
The origin of Onigawara goes far back to 1400 years ago.
At present, it takes on various designs in Japan such as a family crest and auspicious animals, besides the terrifying ogre face.
The Onigawaras are believed to protect house and families from evil spirits, and have been used as amulets.
Today, not only their alleged spiritual power but also the beauty of their design is getting attention from many people.
TAKUMI INTERVIEW / Nov.03.2014OKINAWA BINGATATomoko Nawa
Some Bingata works don’t use stencils. However, with stencils, you can see stronger lines and distinctive patterns. Bingata has many complicated processes such as shaping stencils, starching linen. Tomoko says,”every step is interesting, but the happiest moment for me is when I gets satisfied with the condition of the dye work. Because it is said Bingata is a dying that expresses the sun of Okinawa, vivid and colors are often used. However, Tomoko’s works are little bit different. She uses quieter tones and her works give soft impressions. “Of course it must not lose Bingata taste, but I want to express as I felt about Okinawa,” she says. Her sensibility is directly reflected in her works. She started with small things first, and now she makes tapestries. She wants to make kimono and obi (belt used to wear kimono) dyed by Bingata method someday. That’s because when she went to other countries, she realized once more that Japan’s formal dress is kimono. “It may be difficult to spread kimono throughout the world, but now I’m trying to get used to wearing kimono in order to inherit this important tradition,” says Tomoko with a will. Her ambitious to pursue great Bingata works has no limit.READ MORE
TAKUMI INTERVIEW / March.17.2015Glass BeadsTararira
Small world in the glassREAD MORE
TAKUMI INTERVIEW / March.17.2015SHELL CRAFTKainowa
Gift from Hamahigashima islandREAD MORE
TAKUMI INTERVIEW / November.1.2014Kyoto KiyomizuyakiTousengama
Kiyomizuyaki crafted around Higashiyama (mountains located on the east side in Kyoto) has about 400 years history.READ MORE
Design and underglaze painting is the most characteristic in Kiyomizuyaki.
The reason is two-folded.
The first is because soil of ingredient of Kiyomizuyaki is one outside of Kyoto, which made craftsmen difficult to differentiate
Kiyomizuyaki from other pottery in terms of ingredient.
The second reason is its old capital city history and spread of the tea drinking culture, which led craftsmen to generate diversified
design and underglaze painting.
Later, Gojozaka in Kyoto became the well-known production area of Kiyomizuyaki.
Tousengama, the Kiyomizuyaki production studio where we conductsed the interview this time is also located in Gojozaka.
SPECIAL INTERVIEW / Nov.03.2014Landscape ArchitectYasuo Kitayama
That represents quite a simple garden which Kitayama would like to landscape.He continued, “That space makes people recognize my work. That is my ideal.”Kitayama told us two points to landscape his ideal garden.The one is sensibility to imagine a garden for 100 years ahead."Completion of a garden itself is not when we finish our work.I think it takes at least 30 years from that moment.Our success or failure is defined by whether they have the ability to landscape "a growing garden," in my opinion.Therefore, they need to imagine the future of their works.They need the ability to dream how it will be for 100 or 200 years ahead."Another is importance of people involved.Kitayama always shares his ideal growing garden with his apprentices and his customer."Without their efforts, my work will never be ideal even though I do it well.Development of people improves development of landscaping.They are the key to let me reach my ideal garden."READ MORE
SPECIAL INTERVIEW / Nov.07.2014Lacquer / Interior DesignerAkiraka Takagi
Akiraka was born in Tadotsu, a small port town in Kagawa. Kagawa is also famous for lacquer and we can see "rainbow roofs" which are painted with lacquer and shine beautifully when the sun comes. He compares it to fishes' shining scales. His art work has been inspired by this beautiful landscape and the craftsmanship of his father who worked in a forge. Akiraka liked drawing pictures, so they made him start a career as a craftsman of lacquer ware. In his high school, Akiraka approached Kodo Otomaru, who had been honored as "a living national treasure" and lived next to his hometown. Otomaru taught Akiraka art design and led him to Tokyo University of the Arts where he learned about lacquer more profoundly.READ MORE
SPECIAL INTERVIEW / Nov.03.2014PhotographerRyo Kaikura
What is essential in Kaikura's works? The answer is "STORY." He has been focusing on that since he got involved into the creative field. In fact, Kaikura indulged his interest of films field where story does exist. However, he came to pursue "story" which exists in photograph. Who made him to do so? That's "a marine turtle." It's not that he was impressed with an egg-laying of that animal. The truth is that he tried to take a photograph of a stuffed marine turtle for no purpose. "I took it away from my company to a studio one night. (laughter) Then, something unexpected happened somehow in my photograph. I was feeling that was my first photograph which looked like telling me "story" by itself," Kaikura said.READ MORE
TAKUMI INTERVIEW / March.172015Okinawa BingataSomemushi
Okinawa is located in Southwest Japan and is surrounded by the sea and its nature. In terms of natural and cultural features, Okinawa is distinct from other parts of Japan, and its unique tradition and culture are still very much alive.READ MORE
Bingata, for many years, has been one of the most popular of its kind, which illustrates Okinawa by means of its colorful patterns and beautiful colors.
TAKUMI INTERVIEW / November.12.2014Kyoto Hand- Dyeing YuzenTomihiro
Tomihiro’s craftsman works only for Tomihiro even though those technique is rare and the number of craftsman are limited in order to create the originality.READ MORE
Normally, a small water painting brush is used for hand drawing, however Tomihiro applies wider painter brush and differentiate the brush size appropriately by the size of the design and the color. This make it possible to infinite numerous color printing in one fabric and not many countries has those technique.
The well water from Kyoto is suitable for color fixing's making the fabric clearer. It is also a fact that many people hesitate to touch the traditional goods. But Tomihiro try to apply this Yuzen technique into daily use goods and strongly wish the present day woman to feel the goodness of Kyoto Yuzen. From there, Tomihiro want them also to have more interests in a kimono in order to pass down to the next generation.