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  • THE 64th JAPAN TRADITIONAL Kōgei EXHIBITION

    For more information about the venue/dates, please visit the exhibition webpage.

    Yamamoto Akane's Kirikane Glass lidded container “Kikugetsu(The Moon Reflected on Water)” has been selected as part of the exhibition.

    <About the Piece>
    Because this piece will be displayed with the lid closed, here we would like to share an image of the piece with the lid open.
    As the title suggests, this piece depicts the view of the moon reflected in a basin containing water, a custom of Japanese moon-viewing traditions.
    When the basin has just been filled with water, the reflection of the moon is not fully visible on the rippling surface(depicted in the piece with the lid closed), but after a while the water settles and the moon comes into view(depicted in the piece with the lid open). This passing of time is expressed through the function of the lid.
    The bottom piece shows the moon reflected on calm water. Although the Kirikane is covered with gray glass depicting the night sky, the brightness of the moon is emphasized by the use of clear glass in a limited area over and around the moon.
    Please take a moment to notice the moon inside, which is visible even through a closed lid.

    Kirikane Glass lidded container  "Kikugetsu(The Moon Reflected on Water)"

    Lid removed in this image

  • Inochi Kagayaku(Shining Life)” featured in Kateigaho Magazine is now part of a permanent exhibition

    Inochi Kagayaku(Shining Life) is now part of a permanent exhibition at the MIKIMOTO Main Store in Ginza.
    Inochi Kagayaku(Shining Life)” is based on the pearl oyster and the shining blue seas of Ise-Shima.
    The form is of an abstracted pearl oyster shell, and the bottom has been treated with a sparkling jewel cut.
    The Kirikane pattern was created by combining the protruding exterior form of the pearl oyster with the traditional Japanese wave pattern and the letter “M” for Mikimoto. Circular cuts of gold foil were added to symbolize the pearls and sea foam and accentuate the piece.
    When the founder of MIKIMOTO, Kōkichi Mikimoto first succeeded in farming pearl oysters, he created the half round pearl, which was adhered to the shell. The half-circles carved into the piece from the back are a tribute to the origins of MIKIMOTO. The pearl area has purposely been given a matte treatment in order to recreate the soft glow  of a pearl.
    Please stop by at MIKIMOTO if visiting Tokyo to view the piece.

    Inochi Kagayaku(Shining Life)
    Appeared in“KATEIGAHO”, June 2017 Issue /Photo by Naruyasu