Something that adds a touch of luxury to the everyday, that carries the air of Japan about it. A thing that beckons you to use it. Shopkeeper KASHIYUKA set out across Japan to find such handiworks. Her second purchasing quest took her to Oita – the capital of Japan's bamboo trade. There she visited with master of the form, Mr. Koji Nakaiwa.
For this visit, Mr. Nakaiwa, who claims that “the inherent beauty of bamboo ware lives in the quality of the ‘higo’ you make”, showed me what goes into the process. Using bamboo timber, he hacks down the members, strips them, planes several millimeters from the strip surfaces to make them smaller and uniform, rounds the edges, and smooths the surfaces again. All of which is quickly explained, but in actuality takes quite a long time, and involves different tools at every step. The completed higo patterns are paper thin, just 0.2 millimeters deep, fluid and flexible.