Art Exhibition: "BEPPU BAMBOO - Gifts from the Nature, Crafts for the Future."
This September, two award-winning bamboo artists from Beppu will be visiting New York for a cultural exchange. They will focus on developing bamboo products made in New York and crafting a better future for the next generation.
Bamboo has been gaining much attention as a sustainable material. Beppu City, located in the southernmost island of Japan, is well known for having the highest number of hot springs, but is also known for its sophisticated bamboo craftsmanship.
Ohtani was certified as Traditional Craftsman in 2018. His works "Daishikainami" were exhibited at Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy on 'Ohita Prefecture day.' He has won six awards for 'Kurashi no naka no Chikukougei Exhibition.'
Shimizu was certified as Traditional Craftsman in March 2018. He has won three awards for 'Kurashi no naka no Chikukougei Exhibition,' two awards at the National Traditional Craftwork Public Exhibition, two at Nihon Mingeikan Public Exhibition, and he has won the award for the Okayama Craft Exhibition in 2016.
Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Center
Bamboo Crafts of Beppu received a Japanese government designation as an official Traditional Arts and Craft by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. During the Muromachi Era, the marketplace for bamboo craftwork flourished with the manufacturing of baskets for strolling vendors. Bamboo craftsmanship was soon established as the local industry in Beppu during the Edo Era. Today, Beppu Bamboo Craftsmanship produces flower vases, objet d'art, and artistic handcraft items that are highly esteemed for its elegance and sophisticated artistic qualities. This market continues to grow across the globe. Information on the history and techniques of bamboo craftsmanship can be found at the Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Crafts Museum where an elaborate display of works by world-renown master artisans is exhibited.
*We are hosting a special reception in an authentic Japanese Tea house for the Press & VIP subscribers that will be adorned by the artists with a unique bamboo installation on Friday, September 14th from 6pm to 9pm. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31.