Bamboo basket for flower arrangement
By Noboru Fujinuma (b. 1945)
With tomobako and lacquered bamboo otoshi
Diameter.: 31 cm – High.: 15 cm

This hanakago is called “syuncho” which means “Tide in spring“. Dated Summer Showa 57 (1982)

FUJINUMA Noboru (b.1945, Otawara, Tochigi prefecture) is the last bamboo artist who was designated a Living National Treasure in July 2012. After serving an apprenticeship with YAGISAWA Keizo, he gradually became an innovator. His career as a bamboo artist took off in 1992 when one of his pieces won the Prize of the Governor of Tokyo at the 39th Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition (Nihon Kogeikai) and was subsequently purchased by the National Museum of Modern Art. Fujinuma’s works are collected by private and public institutions throughout Japan. In the US, the largest assemblage of his work is found at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Living National Treasure (人間国宝 Ningen Kokuhō) is a Japanese popular term for those individuals certified as Preservers of Important Intangible Cultural Properties (重要無形文化財保持者 Jūyō Mukei Bunkazai Hojisha) by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as based on Japan’s Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties (文化財保護法 Bunkazai Hogōhō). The term “Living National Treasure” is not formally mentioned in the law, but is an informal term referencing the cultural properties designated as the National Treasures of Japan.