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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Story VIII | Threads of Significance

Shumei Kobayashi  Tsutsugaki and Yūzen painting “Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.” Richard Feynman 1918-1988 Theoretical Physicist That Nature should be the …
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Story VI | Embracing the Ambivalent

Maio Motoko. Photo by William Hung Photography Maio Motoko: The artist has depths of creativity that distinguish her in the world of contemporary art where so many artists attain marketability and sadly simultaneous stasis. Once upon a time, in a serendipitous …
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Story V | The Nude

Nude Installation Shinichi Maruyama at Lesley Kehoe Galleries Naked or Nude? Sexualized, Objectified or Beautified? On January 15 1889 Directive number 39 from the Japanese Ministry of the Interior banned nude illustrations, defined as ‘nude pictures of beautiful females and …
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