Metalwork

The combination of Japan and metalwork together suggests the tradition of the samurai sword, and it is certainly in this world that Japanese craftsmanship is pre-eminent. Less known perhaps is the world of accessories to the sword in which precious …
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2D Works

The graphic tradition in Japanese two-dimensional works is strong and internationally recognized. It is to be remembered that the current Western fascination with Japanese anime and manga, for example, is a contemporary evolution of early graphic traditions. The influence of …
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Shoso Shimbo | Spring Flower Arrangement

Installation by Dr Shoso Shimbo In the tradition of Ogata Kōrin’s (1658-1716) National Treasure screens Red and White Plum Blossoms, Melbourne-based Sogetsu master Dr Shoso Shimbo has created an inspiringly beautiful Spring installation of red and white plum blossoms in …
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Story VII | The Art of the Vessel

Byōbu (vessel)   Mitsumoto Takeshi b. 1962   Reclaimed Iron ‘…the fact that a vase encompasses nothing, is the use of the vase’  Lao Tzu* Seemingly contradictory concepts introduce this article: ‘Vessel’ is defined by the Oxford dictionary as ‘a hollow …
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Story III | The Devil is in the Details

Netsuke Old and New A mysterious or hidden element in the details of something waits to be discovered: It is something that requires one’s full attention and Presence- physical, intellectual and psychic. It may well be overlooked without this Presence, …
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