iOS app Android app

Steve Beimel

Entries by Steve Beimel

Meetings with Remarkable People in Japan: Amy Katoh--Celebrating "Found Japan"

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 10:09 AM

When I first arrived here in Japan in 1971, many traditional skills and crafts had already been lost. It seemed that most Japanese simply did not appreciate the genius of their own culture. Over time, however, I have been watching a gradual turnaround in awareness. One person who not only...

Read Post

Meetings With Remarkable People in Japan: Eriko Horiki -- Pioneer on the Washi Frontier

(3) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 10:09 AM

Horiki Washi edited #2

Traditional handmade washi paper can be found everywhere in Japan, from name cards to beautiful wrapping paper. Until now, the largest washi never exceeded 3 feet x 6 feet long. But washi as...

Read Post

Meetings With Remarkable People in Japan: Jozan Sugita

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 3:12 PM

Beimel Book REV
Photo by Helen Hasenfeld.

With a few simple tools, Jozan Sugita sits on the floor in front of his studio's window and performs "alchemy" by transforming rough-hewn bamboo poles into one-of-a-kind, museum-quality baskets....

Read Post

Meetings With Remarkable People in Japan: Shuren Sakurai

(21) Comments | Posted April 22, 2011 | 2:18 PM

One spring day 12 years ago, while strolling through the cedar shaded grounds of 700-year old Nanzenji Zen monastery in Kyoto's eastern foothills, I passed through the arch of a red brick, Roman-style aqueduct to explore the area behind the head abbot's quarters. While looking at the vermillion, lacquered altar...

Read Post