The introduction of the Artist vol.13 “Kunkou”

The famous Tsumami-zaiku artist will talk about their thoughts about Tsumami-zaiku.


2018 – Started production activities of tsumami-zaiku.
Working on an original “Washi” (Japanese paper) and tsumami-zaiku flower light”.
2020- Currently, planning to hold special exhibition.
“Hana akari” (washi and tsumami-zaiku flower light) is a original light you can feel Japan.
When the light is off, enjoy the delicacy of tsumami-zaiku flowers, and when the light is on, feel the gentle hue seeing through tsumami-zaiku flowers.

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Q1. How did you start working on Tsumami-zaiku? (Or did you get involved?)

One day, I found a book of Tsumami-zaiku before a year of my daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony and was very attracted to it.
First, I made a wooden box to store cloths, and started collecting some cloths and tools with excitement.
So I practiced making myself and enjoyed Tsumami-zaiku. One day, the lamp which I got from my father, made by small pumpkin was broken. From this lamp, I came up with the idea of “flower light”.

Q2. What are your commitments to your work and what do you care about?

“Flower light” is one of the charms of the woodwork pedestal made by my father, who is a crafts-person.
The warmth of the wood reflected on the pedestal and the color of the light change as time goes by. I make it so that a gentle light may arrive through Tsumami-zaiku flowers.
I also value the traditional techniques of the forerunners and to express my respect and admiration by making them.

Q3. What is the attractiveness of Tsumami-zaiku for you?

Traditional crafts were born from the wisdom and ingenuity of people.
Tsumami-zaiku attracts me because it is intimate although it has long history and traditional techniques that survived.
Even though I am still immature in my skill and experience, charm of Tsumami-zaiku is you can enjoy creating and admire the traditional beauty of Japan at the same time.

Q4. What do you think about the future possibilities of Tsumami-zaiku?

In recent years, Tsumami-zaiku can be seen in social media and books.  I feel that everyone can feel free to start making Tsumami-zaiku to their precious family, friends, and for their selves by making hair ornaments for “Shichigosan” (Japanese children`s ceremony) and adult ceremonies, other accessories and interior goods that can be used in daily life.  
Even those who can’t take hands-on lessons can find a time trying to make their own, hands and can feel free to get excited to challenge.
You can also learn and teach for further improvement of yourself. I believe that everyone can create further evolution with predecessors’ techniques in their own hands.

Q5. What do you want to make in the future?

I would like to continue making “flower lights”.
Along with the flowers, I would like to express a quiet scene or object by Tsumami-zaiku through the light.
I look forward to expressing things in the future and want to devote myself by creating every day.

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