Maki-e traditional craftsmanKazuo Fujisawa
His father, Tadao Fujisawa, started maki-e painting Iiyama Buddhist altars in Iiyama, Shinshu. The Iiyama Buddhist altar is a traditional craft designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry.
Succeeding his father in the second generation of the family business, Kazuo Fujisawa started as a Buddhist-altar maki-e painter but later branched out into the area of maki-e craft and has been hosting “Shinshu Urushi Studio—Aya.”
In 2003, he released “Bi-sai,” the first maki-e watch in Japan that was entirely domestically produced.
The dial on this masterpiece embodies the most exquisite detail that is achievable through maki-e techniques.
“I try to engage in artisanship that brings new energy into our everyday lives so that our children would want to inherit such a profession. I will also try to integrate what I have now with new areas.”