HANDMADE IN JAPAN
The pursuit of perfection in traditional crafts
Discover the exceptional artistry and rich traditions being kept alive by Japanese artisans in the 21st 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.
Find inspiration in the exploration of handmade processes using sustainable materials and discover the lengths these makers go to in ensuring every product is perfect.
From hand-painted kimono dyeing to wooden trays carving, Handmade in Japan meets the craftspeople of Japan’s diverse regions with unique insights into their traditions and how they work.
Editors: gestalten & Irwin Wong
Release date: March 2020
Format: 22.5 × 29 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, stitch bound, 320 pages
About Irwin Wong
Irwin Wong is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Tokyo. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he moved to Japan in 2005. He developed an interest in craftsmanship after photographing several artisans for work. His clients include Apple, The Washington Post, Forbes, and Nike.
After documenting the crafts makers and traditional artisans of Japan for years, Irwin Wong assembled this wealth of unique knowledge and culture in a book. Handmade in Japan is a look into the endless pursuit of excellence.
This film represents some of the individuals featured in the book:
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