Discover the exceptional artistry and rich traditions being kept alive by Japanese artisans in the twenty-first century. In an era where global interest in handmade, small-batch products is heightening as a response to mass production, Handmade in Japan takes a look inside the workshops of the country’s artisans, revealing their endless pursuit of excellence, and what it means to dedicate one’s life to the stewardship of irreplaceable cultural heritage. International readers with an appreciation for handmade processes using sustainable materials will find inspiration in the exploration of craft ecosystems, such as the harvesting of natural lacquer in Iwate. Likewise, those who admire skill and beauty will enjoy discovering the lengths these makers go to in ensuring every product is perfect.
Table of contents:
- Preface by Kengo Kuma
- Introduction by photographer and writer Irwin Wong
- Chapters on the eight geographical regions of Japan
TitleHandmade in Japan: The Pursuit of Perfection in Traditional Crafts
AuthorIrwin Wong, Kengo Kuma, Antje Papist-Matsuo