Japan, Kyoto 2015. How exciting it was to meet in person Hakuya Noguchi, a fourth generation gold leaf artisan, lives and works in a Meiji-era wooden townhouse (known as a machiya) where he creates the materials for exquisite obis, or kimono sashes, woven from shredded washi paper “threads” covered with precious metals. At the same time, he uses his skills to make stunning abstract designs on paper.
Kyoto, Japan I purchased a number of his handmade knives, took some time to find the shop in Kyoto as many of the shops are not numbered, very frustrating! He is hand stamping his signature on the knives. The knives are so beautiful