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Treasures of Japan – Ceramicist | Midori Uchida

Unlike Uchida-san’s soft-spoken demeanor, her art is known for leaving lasting impressions. Her aesthetic, known as “landscape,” has a pale color gradation befitting the visual spectrum of a distant planet more than anything earthbound. There is an element of mystique to it, like a dream, of something not belonging to this world though it is entirely of this world.

Zaborin | Hokkaido

Zaborin sets itself apart as a ryokan by uniting the particulars of modern luxury travel with the tradition of Japanese self-rejuvenation; one’s well-being syncs with the grand Hokkaido environs and the full hospitality of the ryokan.

Chiiori | Tokushima

The Chiiori dream, shared by many people over the years, is to find in Japan a place in the countryside that retains its original beauty, and there to build an eco-friendly community deeply rooted in Japan’s traditional culture.

Kungyokudo | Kyoto

Kungyokudo maintains tradition using only natural ingredients such as sandalwood, cinnamon, aloeswood, frankincense, and an assortment of wild plants. Burning Kungyokudo incense envelopes the senses in an aromatic calm.

Buaisou | Tokushima

The farmer-artisans at BUAISOU are the latest heirs to a longstanding tradition. By carefully overseeing the plant through each step—cultivation, fermentation, dye, and design—they bring truth to the words, “farm to closet” clothing.

Fuukidou | Niigata

Today, Fuukidou is in its third generation and focuses exclusively on copperware for everyday use in the home. With pieces equally striking and elegant, each meticulously hammer-formed object is unlike any other, and changes with time.

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