Bamboo has about 1200 different species, of which more than 600 grow in Japan. Bamboo was one of the first materials used and processed by humans and therefore closely related to the development of civilization, as it resulted in them being able to produce better shelters and tools to survive. Due to this early adaptation, over time many different art styles were developed with bamboo.
Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants, sometimes growing up to 120 centimeters a day and reaching maturity within two to three months. It is hard and resilient, can be split finely and clean, and bamboo shoot can typically live for 20 years. Bamboo trees itself, depending on the species will live for anywhere between 3 and 120 years old.
Rather than just appreciation for its practical features, bamboo itself became a symbol representing versatility in many different art forms. Together with Pine and Plum trees it formed the ‘Three Friends of Winter’, representing steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience in Chinese and Japanese Confucius artworks. Furthermore, in Japanese artworks, bamboo is often portrayed in rain or snow, to symbolize not just its flexibility and steadfastness, but also representing loyalty and being unbreakable.
Bamboo work is a Japanese art style applied to a wide variety of constructions, decorations and everyday items. From the 8th century onwards bamboo was specifically used for Buddhist rituals and the products required for them. Tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591, see also ‘Mino ware’ and ‘Setta sandals’) also influenced the application of bamboo through tea ceremonies and required utensils.
Only in the 19th century, bamboo works was recognized and accepted as a traditional Japanese art form. It is now used in architecture (windows, walls, fences), hygiene objects (ear picks, toothpicks combs), personal items (shoes, hats, fans), baskets, chopsticks, food products (shoots), medication, and, traditionally, musical instruments and weapons. Different bamboo art styles have originated in different regions, and are now recognized as a local traditional art.
Suruga Sensuji bamboo is characterized by the use of thin, round strips to create delicate and gently crafts.
Its techniques take approximately 5-10 years to learn and are passed down from generation to generation through family businesses or apprentices. Experienced craftsmen know how and when to handle the bamboo and are capable of carefully splitting the bamboo extremely thin, creating the most beautiful and delicate of crafts.
This is a classic Japanese bamboo lamp typical for the Suruga Bamboo craft. The rounded bamboo splits are arranged not only to give the lamp a beautiful appearance but the patterns of the emitted light also are wonderful. The Hana no Mine Lamp is a wonderful addition to any living room.
This is a classic Japanese bamboo lamp typical for the Suruga Bamboo craft. The rounded bamboo splits are arranged not only to give the lamp a beautiful appearance but the patterns of the emitted light also are wonderful. The Orchid Leaf Lamp is a wonderful addition to any living room.
This wind chime has a smooth balloon shape which is obtained by a long and complex process in order to bend the bamboo splints. It is equipped with a metal bell, which has a beautiful, long-lasting and relaxing sound. It is a beautiful fully hand-made art craft that will be a great decoration at your room or garden. The balloon shape is typical for the traditional craft called Suruga bamboo basketry.
This wind chime has a cylindric shape, just like the traditional paper lantern. It is a very nice object which you can hang on your window, balcony or in your garden. It creates a very nice atmosphere with its natural look and also is representative of the Japanese zen tradition with the soft sound of the bell.
Miyabi Ando is a company owned by the Sugiyama family, their craftsmen are widely recognized for their excellent skills and expertise. Both those qualities are essential in order to create a beautiful Suruga basketry. Miyabi Andon has been recognized an official Suruga basketry producer in 1973 by the Japanese government.
This handbag shaped like a small luggage is very handy as it is quite spacious. On the other hand is is extremely esthetics. This bag is fully hand-made and only on command. This kind of handbags re usually wear with a kimono but they also bring an original and traditional Japanese touch to a western outfit.
This bamboo bag is very cute in a classic Japanese design. The natural beauty of the bamboo and the traditional dark blue color are in great harmony. The timeless design makes the bag a fantastic accessory to formal as well as to casual wear.
This basket initially designed for serving sweets is made using the Awaji weaving technique. The weaving pattern on top is very beautiful and also provides stability to the cover. The outer parts is made with round bamboo splits whereas the bottom uses flat ones. Thicker bamboo parts are used to make the solid border that also hold the round splits.
This wind chime with its cage shape has very beautiful details on each side, it is a refined product made with the best quality Mosochiku bamboo wood. The look of the wind chime as well as the sound of its bell makes this product a very natural looking ornament for your window, garden or balcony. Miyabi Andon is a company owned by the Sugiyama family of three generations, their craftsmen are widely recognized for their skills and expertise, two essentials qualities in order to produce the best quality of Suruga basketry products. Miyabi Andon has been recognized an official Suruga basketry producer in 1973 by the Japanese government.