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Yosegi Zaiku Workshop

Jan 5, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm


Join JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles for a Yosegi Zaiku (marquetry) woodcraft mosaic workshop by artisan Yuta Shimizu from Hakone, Japan.
It’s a style of decorative wood craft combining timbers of different colors to create beautiful patterns and mosaics. The original technique of Yosegi Zaiku was developed during Japan’s Edo period in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture.

As part of the exhibition, JAPAN 47 ARTISANS, Japan House will offer two introductory level Yosegi Zaiku workshops and demonstrations with artisan Yuta Shimizu direct from Hakone, Japan. Participants in these workshops will have the unique opportunity to create a personal work of Yosegi-art by combining individual small, natural colored pieces of wood to create a flat 6-sided coaster or personal mosaic design. The multi-colored wood pieces are representative of the remarkable diversity of trees in the Hakone area, which uniquely contributed to the genesis of the Yosegi Zaiku craft.

During the introductory portion of the program Shimizu will share his own work and introduce the two primary Yosegi Zaiku techniques, Muku (the process of combining different woods to make a mosaic – which participants will practice in the workshop) and Zuku (an original Hakone technique where a tanegi, or block of “combined woods” from the muku process, is shaved using a traditional plane creating paper thin sheets of patterns). These zuku sheets often decorate the exterior of traditional Japanese boxes, or the popular himitsu-bako (puzzle boxes). Each participant will receive an intricate zuku sample strip to take home. Please join us in celebration of a new year with an afternoon of enduring, traditional Japanese craft from Hakone.


Jan 5, 2020
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Japan House Los Angeles
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028 United States
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