Japanese Crafts: A Path to the Future by NHK documentary
Call Number: DVD T173.8 .N54 2003
Publication Date: 2003
"Durable lacquerware, tough handmade paper, ultra sharp ’samurai swords’ and durable ceramics are among the traditional Japanese craftwares that are widely appreciated by artists and collectors all over the world for their unique beauty and functionality. But recently, these items, and the processes developed in their production, are attracting a new audience of admirers---the technicians, engineers and designers of the 21st century’s most advanced technologies. They way ’Some traditional crafts are pointing us an important new directions. Environmental problems solved with Urushi lacquer. Key materials for the IT age derived from Washi paper making techniques. A new space age material, that reflects the insights of a Japanese pottery expert. Even though they have been around for so long, traditional skills are still not fully understood, and some of their newly discovered secrets are leading us towards a brighter future." -- NHK International’s online catalog. Narration in English, Japanese dialogue with English subtitles.