My friends invited me to go to the Serizawa Museum with them on Saturday and I was delighted to join them.
Serizawa Keisuke (1895-1984) was acknowledged as a "Living National Treasure" in 1956 for his stencil dyeing technique called "Kataezome". This technique uses stencils (katagami) to dye the original artistic patterns on cloth material or Japanese paper. His creations include Kimono, Obi (sash), Noren (doorway curtains), Kabekake (wall drapes), and Byobu (folding screens). The Kataezome technique improves various traditional techniques including Bingata from Okinawa. He was the first to use the stenciling techniqes on paper as well as fabric.
The museum was created to house his works and personal collection. He donated them himself to the city of Shizuoka, where he was born, in 1981. Photos were not allowed in the museum, which is too bad for this blog becuase there were many gorgeous pieces. The museum offered a free hands on event and we did get to try making a book cover.
Apart from the museum is his actual work space, a small wooden house near the museum.
After we left the museum, we walked to a little Japanese restaurant for a "snack". I had an ice cream cone and they shared this Shizuoka special dessert - the sweet beans and mochi are hot and the macha ice cream in the center is frozen.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the company of my friends!