The spirit of Japanese mingei in Brazil


29 September 2021

Shoko Suzuki and her husband, Yukio Suzuki

Our Reinventing the Wheel series considers the evolution of Japanese craft traditions in Brazil, as documented by Liliana Morais and Silvia Sasaoka.

The Japanese folk craft movement called Mingei is one of the most influential forces in modern craft. But it not only inspired many Japanese craftspersons to adopt its humble approach, it also influenced a generation around the world to make work in its spirit. After the Second World War, there was a substantial migration of Japanese to Latin America, particularly Brazil. Liliana Morais reflects on this example of the adaption of a quintessentially Japanese style on the other side of the world. She will be joined by Silvia Sasoaka and a family of Brazilian-Japanese ceramicists.

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