Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




Cardboard art


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I found the corner shown in the photo above in Yuko Hirata's exhibition space at Fukui Kougeisha Craft Gallery. The works are that Haru, who is an acquaintance of Hirata, made for his children beside his work for a cardboard company.


Nowadays a lot of artists including its pioneer Katsuhiko Hibino, make art works with cardboard. But I didn't know that there also was a cardboard artist here in Fukui. Though cardboard is a common packing material, its texture has an intriguing attraction.


Even the stencil mark was depicted on the badminton racket. It's amazing that he focused on small details as well.


Speaking of cardboard, two years ago, I went to Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture to see this "Damborgini" made by some staff members of Konno Packing Co., Ltd.


Box works I met at the exhibition "Art Document 2018 Adventure of YOJI KURI"


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Left) Home with a dachshund    right) Boxes with a leg


Last Sunday, I went to the exhibition "Art Document 2018 Adventure of YOJI KURI" held at the Kanazu Forest of Creation.

Of course art-animations are synonym of KURI, which I love. Also, there were exhibited a lot of comics and tableaux besides animations, and among them, I was particularly attracted to a series of these white box works .

In fact, I have also always liked the box works by Joseph Cornell for a long time. I think that paintings themselves are microcosms and these box works make me feel
more this way.

A work that 90-year-old KURI drew by dripping enamel paint at the venue of opening talk
(It is big as the height of adults.)


Art Document 2018 Adventure of YOJI KURI ( Japanese only )


Scrap art


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I watched a topic of cute souvenirs given away for free at the badminton venue of Fukui National Sports Festival on TV news yesterday. They are small dolls of the event's official mascot "Hapiryu" made by Katsuyama citizens using waste shuttlecocks which are generated in large numbers in badminton competitions. Those also are scrap arts, aren't they?


Works using things treated as garbage such as discarded mechanical parts or driftwood, have unique textures. And, I'm attracted to the artists' imagination more than anything else.


The photo above shows works of a Japanese paper craft artist Kozue Kato, who lives in Fukui City. They are displayed in the exhibition held at Fukui Kougeisha Craft Gallery until October 15th. Their legs are waste materials of an eyeglasses factory, and the bodies are fallen chestnut burs in a park. Japanese paper is used for the eyeballs and head ornaments.

Okinawan traditional pottery "Yachimun"


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Yachimun means pottery in Okinawan language.
Yachimun has a 400-year-old history, and it is a craft that represents Okinawa.
That said, it is also very practical.


For yachimun, the soil of Okinawa is usually used. And yachimun is characterized by colored glaze such as indigo, amber and green made from Okinawan plants. Arabesque and fish patterns are the traditional ones for yachimun. And recently, on the basis of tradition but ones made by new sensitivities could often be seen.


Jiro Kinjo (1912-2004), who was a living national treasure, continued to make yachimun which people use in daily life, which was highly evaluated and he was chosen as a first living national treasure in Okinawa. Then, young generations followed him and now they became the leaders of modern yachimun.


Yachimun has simple colors, easygoing designs and warm textures, so you can use in daily life without hesitation. If you arrange Okinawan cuisine on a yachimun plate, you can feel a bit of Okinawan atmosphere. Among yachimun, there are many reasonable ones, so I recommend it as a token of travel. (H.S)


Yachimun which I collected every time I visit Okinawa

National Museum Wales collection “From Tuner to Monet”


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I went to see the exhibition “Art of lights, the birth of impressionist school, from Turner to Monet”, which was a special event celebrating the 40th anniversary of Fukui Fine Art Museum. As you know, Turner was a painter from Britain and Monet was from France. Through the exhibition, I learned that British painters and French ones actually interacted together for the first time.


“San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk”(1908) by Claude Monet, which is used for the leaflets for the exhibition. Monet is famous for the series of “Water Lillies”, but he stayed in Venice at that time.


When I went to the museum, there was a collaborated exhibition with Fukui Bunka Fashion College, and several dresses inspired by the exhibited paintings and recreated 19th century costumes in Britain and France were displayed.


Is it remade from kimono? It looks antique and gorgeous.


It looks very elegant but actually it is a mini dress.


The pattern, the combination of different material and the color contrast are nice.


“The Palazzo Dario” by Claude Monet (1908)


I liked above one the most among the many paintings in the exhibition.
As Venice is painted in gentle pale colors brightly, it looks new to me. (H.S)


*The exhibition “From Turner to Monet” is being held until May 27th (Sun) at Fukui Fine Art Museum.