National Geographic: Living Treasures of Japan (1980)

Genres - Culture & Society, Visual Arts  |   Sub-Genres - World History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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National Geographic: Living Treasures of Japan profiles nine established and respected Japanese artists. The Japanese government originally honored 70 craftspeople and performing artists working in ancient arts with a stipend and national admiration; the nine artists featured in the program are culled from that group of artists. Each artist works in a wholly unique ancient medium. For example, one man is a swordmaker who designs weapons based on special rituals; another artist is a dollmaker who gives every piece an distinct personality. A 90-year-old female weaver of indigo is the oldest artist featured; she died shortly after appearing in the video. Directors Noxon and Boyajian travel throughout the Japanese landscape to construct the touching and comprehensive profiles of the artists.

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artist, craftsmanship, dollmaker, Japan, swordsmith, treasure, weaving