Body Ornament ~ 2015
Kanshitsu is an excellent medium for jewellery as it can be formed into any shape and is very light and that by creatively using metal powder and leaf, shell inlay, and colour, the decorative possibilities where almost limitless.

Body Ornament - leaves -
Virtually all the materials I use in my works are from nature, including the urushi itself. My “leaves” work, for example, uses leaves and other natural items as a starting point. I use urushi to add expression, to ennoble the items.

Body Ornament~ 2000
These are urushi body ornament work from 1989-2000. The base shapes are kanshitsu.

photos: Asano Hiroyoshi, Noboru Takahashi, Sakurako Matsushima