East Asia

East Asia

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Japanese craftsmanship is interwoven in the fabric of everyday life. The country’s ancient artisanal traditions can be traced in the wooden machiya houses of Kyoto, the delicate ceramics used in tea ceremonies and the family-run sake breweries stretching back generations.

From Echizen lacquerware to yūzen dyeing, meet the master Japanese artisans keeping these techniques alive – and those reinventing them too. In South Korea, learn how Wan Hee Cho uses traditional Korean mulberry paper to create her unique jewellery, and how textile artist Minhee Kim is commemorating the legacy of Korean ‘comfort women’ – sexual slaves for Japanese military soldiers during the Second World War.

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IKUKO Iwamoto

Echizen Lacquerware Cooperative

Tsuchida Shuzo Brewery

Shozo Michikawa

Ikeuchi Yuzen Kimono Painting

Suzu Yaki

Tomonari Hashimoto