If you are in Japan in the right season, I assure you that you will be able to get great cherry blossoms photos all over Japan. But have you ever given thought about “why these trees are there”? Cherry trees are planted all over Japan probably way more than you think. So, I believe there are greater cherry blossoms spots out there. But I just love this spot because of its story. I would love to share the story of Japanese obsession towards cherry blossoms and it given the community a greatness.
Producers & Artists
Creating future to protect tradition
His creation is quite ambitious for a joinery. He creates items beyond fixtures or decoration for doors with his knowledge of wood, skills of KUMIKO/KUDE SHOJI and joinery. We asked him to join us because we can feel his love and passion towards wood crafts and responsibility as a successor of Japanese traditional craft skills through his work.
Born to the third generation of a KUMIKO fixture company that has been in business since 1946. His childhood memories are of being engrossed in making toys with the chips of wood he would find at the factory. He was apprenticed to the first apprentice of his grandfather, and since then has been active as an artisan carrying on the traditional craft of Kagawa KUDE shoji. He is a Certified Japanese Traditional Craftsman (dentou kougei shi).
Setouchi glass photo artist
He creates images using pieces of beach glass he finds at beaches of Seto inland sea (Setouchi/Setonaikai). He also provide workshop for you to create the image in Kagawa prefecture. His theme of art is ecosystem, Zen and Yin Yang.
“ippen yatten mai” is our local direct it means “why not give it a go”. That is the message from Kozy who has been in a quite journey of his own life. Kozy the self made artist himself had no idea he would be featured as an artist a decade ago. He would love to join you to his workshop and see what he felt creating these images. One of them was feeling of connection to the nature and finding peace.
Latest KoLe Post
New contents are up on our YouTube channel now! Our very first International Virtual (online) Internship ended on February 3rd, 2021. Two bright and wonderful ladies, Ly and Linh from Vietnam, joined us as interns. They have left & gave us so much during the internship. One of the best contents they have left us is this interview videos. We have finished editing and uploaded on our YouTube channel. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we did.
I am a product curator of KoLe SHIKOKU Japan. When you read the sentence, what type of work did you imagine that I do? Here is one of my typical afternoons. I believe one unique thing of being KoLe Curator is the relationship with our artisans and creators. Some say it is unnecessary, but I find it is important and very efficient. Why not find out if what you imagined and what I do is the same?