Japanese handcrafted Baskets Part Ⅳ
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
May 11 − May 19, 2019
5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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Open 11am – 7pm
*Closed: May 1, 10
Saturday, May 11 / 3pm − 6pm
*Naoyoshi Maeda will be attending on May 11.
Japanese wingnut tree basket and flower vase, Akita Prefecture