We recently went back to Japan for an incredibly enjoyable and inspiring journey to Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara and Shiga. While there, we made some great new friends (which we will write more about in another post), visited many shrines and temples — and met with several artists we have featured on Japan-Suite already — or will be featuring very soon.
On our first full day there, we headed to downtown Tokyo, which has a different vibe from the more well-known areas like Shibuya and Ginza. It has small family businesses that have been in business for generations. There, we paid a visit to Toru Horiguchi, who is an award-winning Edo Kiriko glass artist we have showcased here previously. He graciously showed us through his workshop, detailing how he works, and what his philosophies and aspirations are.
Horiguchi's all white studio looks like a science lab. He wished to distance his new space away from his family business of 3 generations, so he can realize his own unorthodox creations. This new space that started from scratch, nothingness, was born.
He is extremely committed to showcasing traditional Kiriko glass to a wider audience, an idea we fully agree with and support. Horiguchi-san recently returned from a successful trip to London and intends to be an ambassador for the Kiriko glass tradition.
This time, we discussed the new products Japan Suite will feature in year 2017, please stay tuned!