Category Archives: Japan

Takeno Senko

Found these fabrics on handmade market site, Iichi. These beautiful Hirali fabrics are manufactured in Sakai City, Osaka, a town that has been producing towels, yukata and cloth diapers for centuries. They have recently developed a new technique called roll printing that enables them to dye with different front and back colors. This double-sided saturated dyeing technique is considered revolutionary worldwide.  Takeno Dyeing Company are the printers and the product is sold under the brand, Hirali. 

Images:  Courtesy of Takeno Dyeing Company and Hirali.

Okiie Hashimoto (1899 – 1993)

Okie Hashimoto pursued a classical study of art and painting for four years graduating from the College of Art in Tokyo.  He was one of Japan’s finest woodblock printmakers having been influenced by his teacher and friend Unichi Haratsuka. Hashimoto was part of the Japanese movement of printmakers that were changing the traditional approaches to their craft.  His bold use of color is his signature trait with his main subjects being gardens, castles and figure studies.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Takehiro Kishimoto

We first saw his incredible work on This Is Colossal so we just had to share. These are the creations of Japanese chef and food carver Takehiro Kishimoto.  The Kobe-based chef discovered Thai carving online and hopes to spread this art across the globe.  Many of his designs are inspired by traditional Japanese patterns and he also includes designs of his own.  

You can view more of his work here on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Takehiro Kishimoto.