Yasuhiro Asai

Inquiries regarding this work


  • Categories
  • Year of production
  • Notes
    Comes with box



Maki-e is a distinctively Japanese Urushi work technique that is said to have developed around 1,200 years ago. It involves using a fine brush to paint a picture with lacquer on the surface of a vessel, and then sprinkling gold powder on the surface before the Urushi dries to create a design. The word maki means “to sprinkle” and e means “picture.” There are various styles including togidashi maki-e, hira maki-e, and taka maki-e.

View the information of technique


Hiramon is the technique of stretching metals such as gold or silver into thin strips, which are then cut into various shapes to create designs.


Raden is a decorative craft that uses the iridescent parts of seashells such as abalone, turban shells, and pearl oysters, which are shaved down very thin. Ra means “a spiral shell” and den means “to decorate.” The technique was conveyed to Japan from China about 1,300 years ago, and marvelous examples can be seen in the treasures at Shoso-in Temple in Nara.

View the information of technique


image Yasuhiro Asai

Yasuhiro Asai

  • Lacquerware
  • / Full member, Japan Kogei Association

ASAI is skilled at the free use of several decorative techniques such as maki-e (sprinkled picture decoration), raden (mother-of-pearl inlay), and taimai (tortoiseshell decoration).

About the Artist

View All works