Japanese handcrafted Baskets
Part Ⅳ

Apr 27, 2019 | Event 


Sinomenium acutum basket, Kagoshima Prefecture


Japanese handicrafts made with natural raw materials are an embodiment of appreciation, awe and respect for nature. 


They reflect the traditional Japanese satoyama lifestyle that people and nature coexist sustainably. (In a satoyama, people typically forms a community (=sato) with farmlands, on the border of a forest (=yama). A forest is a resource for their living, being managed sustainably by sato residents.)


In such satoyama living, the art of livingware handcrafting has been passed along from generation to generation, producing practical and useful objects. They provide insights into a lifestyle in harmony with nature. 


For this exhibition, Naoyoshi Maeda (Cosmic Wonder, Light & Will) sourced handcrafted baskets by visiting local craftspeople in various places from Akita to Okinawa.

Each of their work is unique and representative of the regions where they are crafted. Their rustic beauty attracts us.



Japanese wingnut tree large basket, document tray and accessories tray, Akita Prefecture

Wild grapevine basket and travel bag, Akita Prefecture

Suzutake and moutain cherry tree basket, Miyagi Prefecture

Japanese bird cherry palm winnow, Niigata Prefecture

Keyaki and wild grapevine basket, Niigata Prefecture

Walnut tree basket, Niigata Prefecture

Madake fugo, herb-gathering basket, Biwa basket, Chiba Prefecture

Medake palm, Chiba Prefecture

Nemagaridake vegetable basket and basket, Nagano Prefecture

Hanon bamboo tray and shopping basket, Nagasaki Prefecture

Kinchiku and mountain cherry tree winnow, Kagoshima Prefecture

Hedge bamboosa basket, Okinawa Prefecture

Toutsurumodoki harvest basket, Okinawa Prefecture

Shell ginger rope shoulder basket, mat, pillow, Okinawa Prefecture

Kuba leaves basket, shoulder basket, Okinawa Prefecture




Exhibition period:

May 11 − May 19, 2019




5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: May 1, 10


Opening Reception:

Saturday, May 11 / 3pm − 6pm

*Naoyoshi Maeda will be attending on May 11.



Japanese wingnut tree basket and flower vase, Akita Prefecture

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