Vibrant red coral called “akasango” is a native species that can only be collected off the Japan coast, and its beauty has been compared favorably to the Mediterranean coral. As a result, they began to harvest coral using nets in Kochi. After the Meiji period, the polished product of akasango known as "blood red coral” was so highly prized in Europe that it was called "Tosa”.
This inspired the development of precious coral art in Kochi, and artisan began to carve objects such as figurines and Buddhist statues using coral. In the process of crafting precious coral art, the natural colors of these corals are respected, the color and luster, size and quality of each coral is taken into consideration.
Directed and text provided by:
・Murata Takashi (Osaka International University)
English Translation by:
・Miyo Kurosaki Bethe
This exhibition is created by:
・Sugishima Tsubasa (Sugishima Tsubasa（Kyoto Women's University Department of Apparel and Space Design)