The introduction of the Artist vol.23 “hitohira “Masako Hattori

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


1969 – Born in Tochigi prefecture, now based in Osaka.
2016 – Named the shop hitohira and started selling Tsumami-zaiku works.
2019 – After the death of my beloved father, I decided to work on what I really wanted to make, so I stopped selling and started making “The great wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai Katsushika using tsumami-zaiku. And now I am currently working on a three-dimensional dragon.


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

I learned tsumami-zaiku for my daughter’s Shichigosan (Japanese traditional ceremony for age 3, 5,7 years old children), and made a kanzashi based on a book.

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

To be free from stereotypes.
Keep on working until I am satisfied with the result.

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

The works of art created with exquisite care, expressed with the energy of creators, are inspiring. It is fascinating to see how the four seasons and nature of Japan can be expressed by using a small piece of cloth.

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

As the Internet, social networking services, and applications have developed, we are now in an age where not only companies but also individuals can share their works with the world. I believe that Tsumami-zaiku will gradually change from being just a part of Japanese culture to a global art form.

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

I would like to express lovely flowers, the color of the sky, the shape of clouds, the blue of the water surface, and all the other colors and shapes on earth with Tsumami-zaiku.

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