Handmade in Japan: The Pursuit of Perfection in Traditional Crafts

Irwin Wong, gestalten

Handmade in Japan: The Pursuit of Perfection in Traditional Crafts
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Handmade in Japan: The Pursuit of Perfection in Traditional Crafts

Irwin Wong, gestalten

Discover the exceptional artistry and rich traditions being kept alive by Japanese artisans in the twenty-first century.

In an era where global interest in handmade, small-batch products is heightening as a response to mass production, Handmade in Japan takes a look inside the workshops of the country’s artisans, revealing their endless pursuit of excellence, and what it means to dedicate one’s life to the stewardship of irreplaceable cultural heritage.

International readers with an appreciation for handmade processes using sustainable materials will find inspiration in the exploration of craft ecosystems, such as the harvesting of natural lacquer in Iwate. Likewise, those who admire skill and beauty will enjoy discovering the lengths these makers go to in ensuring every product is perfect.

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