Yasuhiro Asai

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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.

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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.


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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).

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