Japanese Yosegi Art

Japanese yosegi art is made by gluing colored wood and cutting it thin like paper.  Instead of using paint, Japanese Yosegi decorations are made out of natural fine grains and textures of wood. First, timbers are cut into rods of desired sections, the rods are then glued together to form a section of geometrical design pattern. The surface is sliced into thin plates of wood, which are glued onto boxes and other handicraft works. Typically, a Yosegi box is designed with small secret compartments and can be tricky to put back together.  There is so much thought and process involved in creating one that it's an art form all on its own.  This mosaic-like art originated during Japan’s Edo Period (17th-19th century) and is still respected all over the world. In a world where everything is printed, there is something special about this. The fact that a person gave up more of their time on earth to create this makes it all the more special.


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