Jun 16, 2023
When I arrive at the flagship store of Mustakivi in Dogo, Ehime Prefecture, I’m greeted silently by 82-year-old Ehime-born designer Fujiwo Ishimoto. He unlocks the back door to his adjoining atelier and motions for me to come in. We pass through the kiln room and enter a studio filled with ceramic pieces in various stages of completion.
Mar 9, 2020
Feb 11, 2017
A little north of the massive Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, a slew of scattered residential settlements and visitor sites are pincered between the Torii Station Army Base and an ammunition storage facility situated in Yomitan, a region of the southern mainland, where a massive U.S. amphibious landing took place in the closing months of World War II. The area has had to work hard to reclaim its cultural and historical identity, but also to honor those who perished in the war.
Mar 1, 2016
Weaver and dyer Fukumi Shimura's (b.1924) inherited an interest in craft from her mother, Toyo Ono, who made inroads through the early 20th-century mingei (folk crafts) movement led by philosopher Muneyoshi Yanagi. Introduced to the lacquer artistan Tatsuaki Kuroda in 1956, Shimura began to hone her craft sensibilities, leading her to show her work in the 1957 Japan Kogei Association exhibition. Her skills and aesthetic proclivities were further refined under the tutelage of famed ceramicist Kenkichi Tomimoto and textile dyer Toshijiro Inagaki.