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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Glass

“But glass remained basically foreign to the Japanese, something that had no roots in indigenous culture. So only artists prepared to take risks used it, artists with a decidedly Western orientation – in other words, those who were notably open-minded …
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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 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 IV | The Red-Nosed Lover

Poetic allusion and autumn longing in Antique Lacquer ‘But then his mood changed, and he came to suppose that she might still have virtues to recommend her, that touching her in the dark might have left certain mysteries unrevealed, and …
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