Hello. How are you all?

Hello. How are you all?

September 12, 2023


We were able to find a lot of tools in the summer.
I hope everyone can enjoy it.


White Wisteria and Three Carp


Shibata Gito (1780-1819) Painter of the Shijo School in the late Edo period.

White wisteria and carp is an unusual subject.
As Shibata Yoshitoh was a painter born in Okayama Prefecture, it is easy to imagine that he may have painted the carp that make the ponds of temples and parks in Okayama their home. In Okayama, there are many places where wisteria flowers bloom in May, so many people go out to see the flowers.



Five Carp under Cherry Tree

Maruyama Oshun (1796-1838) Painter in Kyoto in the late Edo period. Grandson of Maruyama Okyo.

The subject of this work is cherry blossoms and carp.
Maruyama Oshun was from Kyoto, so there must have been many places to visit during the cherry blossom season.
I really like the detail of the cherry blossoms. The large number of carp also makes you feel like you are going to be blessed with good luck.


Japanese Portable Tea Ceremony Chest Box 'Tanzaku Bako' Chrysanthemum and paulownia crests

I would like to introduce this tea box because it was a nice tea box with an overall sense of unity.
I really like the chrysanthemum and paulownia crests on the Mizusashi.
However, when I looked at the back of the Kensui, I was surprised to see that the pattern looked like Captain Hook's hand after being eaten by the crocodile in Peter Pan. What do you all think?




1. Yamamoto Tadayuki (b1933) 24金蒔絵螺鈿 - 御所の花 24-karat Gold Makie lacquered Raden Mother of Pearl - Gosho no Hana

2. Nakabayashi Kosetsu. Kayakuki 渦薬器(Spiral pattern) 渦巻

3. Minohara Koichi (b1942) 堆黒 Tsuikoku (Carving Black Lacquer)

4. Arai Shihei. Gold makie, crane crest, chrysanthemum crest, paulownia crest

5. Yumi. 'Bush Clover' design

6. Nakamura Soetsu. Gold Makie lacquered 'Cherry Blossoms and Bridge design' Cherry Tree Bark Large Natsume Tea Caddy


These are gold Maki-e and Tsuikoku (Carving Black Lacquer) jujube.
It is difficult to have several gold maki-e lacquer-work jujube at hand, so we are very happy to have this opportunity to introduce them to you.
I particularly like the Sakurabashi jujube.
Sakurabashi jujubes don't have a strikingly glamorous appearance when covered, but if you look closely at the jujubes, don't they look like the trunk of a cherry blossom tree? All Japanese people love cherry blossoms, and I think 9 ~ 10 out of 10 people would think it is a cherry tree trunk.
These jujubes look simple on the outside, but when you open the lid, you see a cherry blossom. That is what makes me smile unintentionally. I can't say it myself, but the wabi-sabi of the Japanese people is very mysterious, isn't it?


Noh Mask 3pcs Japanese Noh play 

These can be displayed or used.
Don't you like this set of three Noh masks? They look great when displayed and fun to use.
When you actually use them, they look even more powerful when used by three people. I think I would also like to have a kimono like the ones used in Noh.



Japanese Bronze Tenpai Bonsai Okimono Ornaments 'Five Crabs'

This crab ornament is recommended for bonsai growers.
In Japan, a crab called Sawagani lives in rivers with clean water and is sometimes caught when playing in the river. This ornament is made in the motif of that crab.
If you create a bonsai with the image of a river when decorating it, the Sawakani crab will become more realistic.






Some of this work is also on display at Catawiki, so please come and see it if you like.


Thank you