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The Mark of Beauty

This unconventional art program introduces the great variety of beauty to be found in the arts and crafts related to everyday Japanese life.

Hosted by Masao Kusakari


Mon.4:30 - 5:00
10:30 - 11:00
16:30 - 17:00
22:30 - 23:00

Aug. 4, Mon.*This program was first broadcast on Jan. 24, 2013

Hasami Ware

Hasami porcelain has recently been winning a fresh reputation for its elegance and style but the kilns of Hasami in Nagasaki Prefecture go back over 400 years. Hasamiware painter Miwako Murakami shows us how they painted the products in the Edo Period (17th to mid-19th century). Murakami uses a single brush to dash off simple patterns. It takes only a few minutes to do each one. High-volume production necessitated quick, streamlined design with no surplus decoration and only the strong, simple lines remained. Collectors regard Hasami tea bowls as exquisite examples of the rough, antique sensibility so treasured by tea masters. Hasamiware has an international reputation as well. These are distinctive, beautiful ceramics for the connoisseurs. Tolstoy's exotic bottle? We discover the fascinating swings of Hasamiware between beauty and utility over its 400-year history. The more you know, the deeper it becomes!

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