Japanese handicrafts made with natural raw materials embody our appreciation, awe and respect for nature.
They also reflect the traditional Japanese satoyama lifestyle in which people live in harmony with nature. (A satoyama is a farming community (sato) on the border of a forest (yama).
The forest is sustainably managed by sato residents as a living resource.)
In satoyama living, the art of handcrafting passes along from generation to generation, producing practical and useful objects that provide insights into a life lived close to nature.
For this exhibition, we sourced handcrafted baskets by visiting craftspeople throughout Japan, from the Akita region in the north to Okinawa in the south.
The rustic beauty of each work is unique and representative of the region where it is crafted.
Akebi vine circular basket, flat-bottomed basket and basket, Akita Prefecture
Itaya kaede (maple) basket, Akita Prefecture
Wild grapevine basket and document tray, Akita Prefecture
Japanese wingnut tree large basket, document tray and accessories tray, Akita Prefecture
Shinodake and moutain cherry tree basket, Miyagi Prefecture
Japanese bird cherry palm winnow, Niigata Prefecture
Keyaki basket, bathroom basket, Niigata Prefecture
Wild grapevine whetstone basket, Niigata Prefecture
Walnut tree basket, Niigata Prefecture
Akebi vine waisted basket, Niigata Prefecture
Madake fugo, Biwa basket, herb-gathering basket, large basket and bathroom basket, Chiba Prefecture
Medake palm, Chiba Prefecture
Nemagaridake apple basket and vegetable basket, Nagano Prefecture
Hanon bamboo clothes basket and shopping basket, Nagasaki Prefecture
Madake drawing rice basket, Kumamoto Prefecture
Kinchiku and mountain cherry tree winnow, Kagoshima Prefecture
Hedge bamboosa basket, Okinawa Prefecture
Toutsurumodoki harvest basket, Okinawa Prefecture
Shell ginger rope shoulder basket, Okinawa Prefecture
Lamie rope basket, Okinawa Prefecture
May 19 − June 3, 2018
5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866
Open 11am – 7pm
To commemorate the opening of the exhibition, Mr. Shinichi Nakagawara will give a demonstration of traditional Akebi vine basketwork on the 19th and 20th of May.