Category Archives: Japan

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.

Makoto Kagoshima

We are big fans of Japanese ceramic artist Makoto Kagoshima.  We love his whimsical motifs of animals and plant life on clay. Born in Fukuoka, Kagoshima studied pottery at an art college under the influence of his grandfather who used to be an artist.  Now he is involved not just in pottery, but also in a wide range of activities such as textile and product design as well as print art.

More of his work can be viewed on his website, Instagram and Facebook.

Images:  Courtesy of Makoto Kagoshima.

Eriko Watabe

Looks like we have another craft to learn, Nanduti lace. The name means “spider web” in the indigenous language of Paraguay.  The lace is worked on tightly stretched frame and are released by cutting away the backing fabric.  The samples shown above are the work of Japanese Nanduti artist, Eriko Watabe. She sells elegant accessories under her brand name Puka.

The artist can be followed on Facebook and Instagram.  She also has a shop here on Japanese Base shop select market.

Images:  Courtesy of Eriko Watabe.