(Japanese, born 1959)
Heisei period (1989–present)
Bamboo (menya-dake and nemagar-dake); twill plaiting (ajiro ami)
Overall: 32 x 17 x 8 3/4 in. (81.3 x 43.2 x 22.2 cm)
Collection of Arthur and Diane Abbey
Not on view
In this tour de force of bamboo plaiting, the artist has captured the spirit of a soaring bird. This work is made of a combination of two types of bamboo: menya-dake, a type of bamboo with a subtle mottled pattern that grows on Sado Island, in Niigata Prefecture, where the artist makes his home; and nemagari-dake, a dwarf bamboo often used for basketry in Eastern Japan.