This short film is a profile of a traditional Japanese wood carver, Motoharu Asaka. As humble as he might appear, he knows very well of the skills and patience needed to traditionally replicate artwork without compromising the original piece.
Traditional Japanese artwork has long been admired by the world - 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa', 'Red Fuji', 'Mount Fuji seen through cherry blossom' - and much of the artworks' popularity is due to the mass production of them using woodblock printing methods. What was once reserved for the elite could now be bought, shared, and seen by non-elite members of Japanese 17th century society.
Now in the 21st century with advanced printing technology, it's with great surprise and delight that this kind of woodblock printing culture still exists today.
There's a deep respect and appreciation for this traditional woodblock printing culture in Japan and Motoharu shares his story on how he became a traditional wood carver and why he'd like the whole world to share in his passion.
Produced/Directed/Edited - Michelle Tsen
Director of Photography - Kendal Kempsey
Translators - Tsunehisa Sato, Akira Soeda, Akiyo Sawada
ALL MUSIC BY scrt. - scrtmusic.com
WOODBLOCK PRINTING SCHOOL IN JAPAN (in Japanese) - takumihanga.com