The Takaoka Crafts Competition is one of the most distinguished and followed craft events in Japan. Recently this year’s winning products were announced.
My favourite submission ‘Shizukana Sora’ (engl.: Quiet Sky) by Misa Tanaka – a collection of porcelain dishes with glass bases – was awarded with the 2nd prize.
Interpreting the traditional Japanese art of lacquerware, Ken Noguchi created his ‘Coil Vessel’ made from lacquer, hemp and paper string. He won the 1st prize.
These cushions by Junpei Tatsuno are used for sitting and molded out of Paulownia wood from the Aizu region.