• My work is featured in the Kyoto Shimbun.

    My work is featured in the column in the Kyoto Shimbun morning edition issued on 17th February 2018 under the title ‘Shinshu-kakan!!(Enterprising and Daring!!)– Kyoto Kōgei (arts and crafts) Chronicle’ written by Ms Yukiyo Yamada, a curator of the Kyoto Prefectural Insho-Domoto Museum of Fine Arts.

    I hope you will enjoy the read. (the column appearing on the page 10)

    Akane  Yamamoto

    The following is the English translation of this column.


    The Kirikane is entrapped in clear glass, as if suspended mid-air. Cut in to fine strips, the gold foil creates a delicate yet compelling gleam, which emits a mysterious beauty when combined with the clear quality of the glass. Artist Akane Yamamoto is a pioneer who created the Kirikane Glass through her own distinctive ideas and highly advanced technique. Upon seeing her work, one is able to feel the overwhelming refined beauty, and is overcome by an impulse to look at every corner of the piece from various angles.

    Kirikane is an elaborate technique of creating traditional patterns, where gold foil is cut into fine strips and applied with a brush and adhesive. It was used in ancient Buddhist statues and paintings to make them beautiful and majestic. Yamamoto first became interested in Kirikane when she was studying Nihonga(Japanese-style painting) at Kyoto City University of Arts and replicating a Buddhist painting. She felt the ancient masters’ strong devotion to the Buddha through the delicate Kirikane work they had applied. As she apprenticed under the Kirikane master Sayoko Eri and learned the technique, she began searching for a method of expression that allowed the Kirikane itself to become the focus of a piece. She then arrived at the idea of suspending it in glass, and completed the technique of Kirikane Glass. Through Yamamoto’s efforts, Kirikane was freed from being a mere element of decoration for something else, to embrace the possibility of being a truly free-form and unique existence.

    After the Kirikane is applied upon the surface of a glass form, it is topped with another glass form, welded together, and polished. This may sound simple, but in reality, production is only possible through continuous mastery. A highly advanced level of skill is required to apply the delicate Kirikane patterns on the glass surface, which unlike wood, cannot absorb the moisture of glue. Further expertise is required to control the temperature in order to weld the glass together without damaging the Kirikane. The glass is then cut and polished to create the intense forms and sharp edges. Behind each process lies a distinct sensibility and an accumulation of experience, and thus, Akane Yamamoto is the sole individual who can bring forth the ultimate beauty of Kirikane while also skillfully manipulating glass.

    Many artists in modern and present day Kyoto have showcased their interest in utilizing traditional techniques to achieve completely new ways of expression, repeating trial-and-error in order to realize their own unique ideas. Work that has been made free of preconceived notions carry limitless energy. As has been proved through the Kirikane Glass works, innovative ideas and the development of exceptional techniques to express them is what will bring boundless growth to the future of Kyoto, as well as the world of Japanese artistic craft.



    Akane Yamamoto, The Tale of Genji Series, Chapter 40 Minori, 2013
    Deposited at Yoshizawa Memorial Museum of Art, Sano

    A piece from a series of work based on each of the 54 chapters of The Tale of Genji. The Kirikane expresses Murasaki no Ue’s soul ascending. The colors used in the glass convey impermanence as well as purity.


    Akane Yamamoto, Kirikane Glass Rectangular Plate Propagation, 2014
    61st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition Private collection

    A notable piece in which the Kirikane design is composed solely of straight lines instead of patterns, marking a new frontier. The lines vary in width as if drawn with a brush, showcasing the artist’s skills from her Nihonga background.

  • Announcement of the museum exhibition

    The museum exhibition,“Glittering Crafts, Shining Nihonga” will be held at Yoshizawa Memorial Museum of Art,Sano.

    The following works by Akane Yamamoto will be on exhibit.
    “Kiritsubo”, Chapter 1 of The Tale of Genji
    ・The “Shining Road” from “Fujinouraba”, Chapter 33 of The Tale of Genji
    ・“Minori (The Law)”, Chapter 40 of The Tale of Genji

    Dates:  January 6 – March 11, 2018/ March 17 – May 13, 2018
    (Closed on Mondays, the day following national holidays, the change of exhibits.)
    For more about this exhibition, click here.

    Place: Yoshizawa Memorial Museum of Art,Sano
    Address: 1-14-30 Kuzuu-Higashi, Sano, Tochigi 327-0501 Japan

    “Futari-Shizuka”,work about the Noh “Futari Shizuka
 (two young ladies named Shizuka)”
    “Futari-Shizuka”,work about the Noh “Futari Shizuka (two young ladies named Shizuka)”
    The exhibition leaflet
    The exhibition leaflet
  • TV Broadcast Information

    BS JAPAN will broadcast a travel documentary on a luxury sleeping-car excursion train branded as Twilight Express Mizukaze on Sunday 10th December aired at 19:00 – 20:54.
    My work entitled “Mizukaze-Sanka” display at the lounge car of the train will be briefly featured. I hope you would enjoy the programme and to be able to get a glimpse of my work.

  • The group exhibition “Hibikiau Bi(Resonating Beauty)” has ended.

    The group exhibition “Hibikiau Bi(Resonating Beauty)” has ended.
    It was a joy to create a show with the revered Yoshinori Tsuchiya  and Masayasu Mitsuke, both of whom I deeply respect.
    Thanks to our many visitors the exhibition was successful and well attended throughout.
    This past year has been one of deep contemplation on universal and supreme beauty.
    I know that the knowledge and experience I have gained through this exhibition will fuel my practice as I strive to make each piece sincere and genuine.
    Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.

    Akane Yamamoto

  • The exhibition entitled Hibikiau Bi (Resonating Beauty) is now on.

    The exhibition entitled Hibikiau Bi (Resonating Beauty) has just started in the Gallery Now in Toyama city. We hope you enjoy the outcome of three artists whose goal has been pursuing the ultimate form of beauty achieved through a year’s production.

    The monthly journal, Art Collectors’ issued on 25th October (published by Seikatsu No Tomosha) features a three-man talk between three of us. (page 85-87)

    Hibikiau Bi (Resonating Beauty)
    Dates: October 21 – November 5, 2017
    Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am−6:00pm / Sundays and National Holidays 10:00pm−5:00pm
    ※Closed on Mondays

    Place: Gallery NOW
    Address: 85 Hiraki, Toyama-shi, Toyama 930-0944, Japan
    Tel: (+81)76-422-5002

    The exhibition space

    November 2017 issue Art Collectors’

    Article featuring page