In our Artisan Corner, Sumida-city’s excellent artisans show their technique by turns weekly.
This week, we have Mr. Kogetu Nishiyama, a master of Oshie Hagoita or Ornamental Battledores with silk collages.
Hagoita are rectangular wooden paddles, originally used to play hanetsuki, a badminton-like game, but often instead serving a more ornamental purpose.
These are frequently painted, usually with lacquer, with auspicious symbols, or decorated with complex silk collages (called Oshie).
Mr. Kogetu Nishiyama, the second generation in Oshie Hagoita artisan family. One of outstanding characteristics of his Hagoita is beautiful faces of Kabuki actors’ figures made with the Oshie technique. The eyes, eyebrows, noses and mouths that he draws are breathtakingly elegant and attractive.
He tries to keep creating Oshie Hagoita which can make people feel delighted and he also hopes that they could lead a healthy and happy life with his Hagoita. In order to create a good Hagoita, he continues to make an effort not only to improve the techniques but also to have a noble mind.