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WESTIN JAPAN DAYS "Kokoro 心” of Japan

Experience Japan's culture and history at the Westin Tokyo

Date: 9/1/2015-10/31/2015
Time: 6:00-22:00
Venue: Westin Executive Club Lounge (17F)
*Available only to guests staying on the Executive floors. 

The "Westin Japan Days" is an event for introducing Japanese culture and history. This theme is Japanese traditional crafts. Traditional crafts are handmade art works that are made with "craftsmanship", which has been developed in the Japanese climate and lifestyle culture from ancient times and succeeded to the present. We display the traditional crafts created by artisans of exceptional skills. Those who were designated as Living National Treasures in Japan. Please enjoy the world of Japan's top traditional crafts.

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Forged silver flower vessel. “Strait”

Artist: OSUMI Yukie, Living National Treasure

Osumi is a metalwork artist who specializes in “Tankin” or hammered vessels. She applies the traditional technique of “Nunome-Zogan” or textile imprint inlay. This involves hammering metal leaf or wire into a fine, mesh-like grid incised into the surface of metal.
She creates decorative and functional objects, such as vases and tea utensils. She likes to convey a sense of nature which is formless and flowing, and does so through her designs of wind, waves, clouds and streams.

This vase is hammered silver with Nunome-Zogan decoration in lead and gold.
The main theme is the huge eddying tides of Naruto Strait.

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Silver flower vessel with ink painting style inlay."Waves of clouds"

Artist: OSUMI Yukie, Living National Treasure

This vase was made from a flat silver disc by hammering and decorated with Nunome-Zogan or damascene work using gold and lead foils.
Chasing techniques such as embossing, engraving and nanako, covering with tiny grains reminiscent of fish eggs were used to express an image of deep mountains.

TECHNIQUE

■Tankin
The basic operation for Tankin (hammering) is the creation of seamless objects from flat pieace of metal by using some tools such as wooden mallet, iron hammers and stakes.
The major technique is raising with crimping in good use of expansibility of metals between annealing.

 ■Nunome-Zogan
Nunome means woven texture and Zogan means inlay in Japanese. Originally it was called damascene introduced from Damascus, Syria. After making mesh-like grid incised into the surface of metal (silver) thin foils (gold and lead) are beaten into this roughened surface and hammered flat then polished. Finally patinate the surface to make gradations of grayish patterns. This is quite Japanese taste.

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Square vase with geometrical patterns, gold and silver

Artist: TADA Yukifumi

Ornamented with overglaze and gold and silver to create a combination of geometrical
patterns, this flower vase was made by binding together a number of clay slabs. By altering the altering temperature, and re-firing the piece over and over again, the artist created a series of deep gradations.

TECHNIQUE

■Iroe
Iroe (literally color painting in Japanese) is a technique in which a transparent glaze is applied and the piece glost-fired, then paint is applied over the glaze and the piece is fired again at a low temperature of approximately 800 degrees Celsius. It is also called uwae, or over-painting. The paint used in traditional iroe is known as wa-enogu (Japanese-style paint), and color choices include red, blue, yellow, green and purple. It is also possible to use yo-enogu (Western-style paint).

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Tidori no iron kettle

Artist: NAGANO Arata

A hound’s tooth pattern is used extensively over the body of this iron kettle. This bold expression is based on a traditional pattern.

TECHNIQUE

■Sogata
A mixture of clay and sand is shaped by rotating a board with a cutout outline that is a cross-section of the final shape. This technique is used to make tea kettles for the tea ceremony, temple bells and other circular, symmetrical objects. After removal from the mold, a kettle can be heated and painted with lacquer and ohaguro (a coating used in the old days to blacken one’s teeth) to produce a uniquely beautiful finish.

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