Beppu bamboo crafts 1941-
Yufu is one of the most famous bamboo artists in Japan, and has been active for nearly 60 years. Using locally grown bamboo from Oita Prefecture, he has been producing highly original works backed by his unique sensibility, long years of experience, and high technical skills. The technique is called yatara weaving, and the way he combines bamboo strands of various sizes, appearances, and shapes into one object is nothing short of magnificent. His unique style is also popular overseas, and he is planning a solo exhibition in the United States.