To conclude today’s lesson, five insights into Japanese arts and crafts and their practitioners:
- A diversity of forms, ranging from landscapes created according to the strict directives of ancient garden manuals to modern, iconoclastic designs, is reflected in the Japanese garden, writes Stephen Mansfield. But is there a unifying thread?
- Martin Holman knew early on that he had a passion for puppets. That passion would lead him to become the first foreigner to train and perform in Japan as a traditional puppeteer in the style known as ningyō jōruri, writes Louise George Kittaka.
- Nationally acclaimed calligrapher (and one-time JT team member) Marc Davies has been practicing shodō since 1996, achieving the rank of Master Instructor in 2019. He shares his take on the art form with Claire Williamson for 20 Questions.
- This month, Mio Yamada’s On:Design column features new products inspired by traditional bamboo and wood crafts coming from Kyoto, Fukui Prefecture and Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, from the stylish to the downright kawaii.
- With a motto of “finding beauty in brokenness,” the female-led Nozomi Project turn fragments of tsunami-broken pottery into beautiful jewelry, balancing remembrance of the 2011 triple disaster with hope and progress, writes Lily Crossley-Baxter.