Lacquer

In the hands of a master craftsman, urushi (lacquer), a thick, viscous, ugly and intractable sap, is transformed. This metamorphosis is not accidental – although much of it is secret – but the result of painstaking hours of meticulous human endeavour. …
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Ceramic

There can be no greater example of the Japanese fusion of beauty and function, 用 and 美、than in the world of ceramics. Although China gave its name to porcelain when it was introduced to Europe, it is Japan that has …
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The Other Side of Light : Tea and Butoh in Brisbane

Hosted by TAASA Brisbane founder member Dr James MacKean, gallery manager and sake professional Byron Kehoe and Ueda Soko tea master Adam Wojczinski introduced the culture of Japanese sake, tea and Butoh to a group of some 30 Asian art …
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Unryuan : Hitting the High Notes

Inro by Unryuan Kitamura Tatsuo. Image courtesy of Bonhams London Contemporary lacquer master Unryuan Kitamura Tatsuo is making a serious mark on the secondary market. Early works by this artist, internationally represented by LKG, have achieved remarkable results at London …
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Sake Corner #8

Andre Bishop is a self-confessed Japanophile and Sake connoisseur. His passion for Japanese food, in particular Izakaya dining culture, is unrivalled in Australia. Andre is the owner of 5 Japanese Izakaya in Melbourne including Kumo Izakaya in Brunswick, Robot Bar …
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