At Kyoto Fusimi Inari mountain,
my workshop is surrounded by waterfalls and bamboo forests.
In such an abundantly natural environment, I have been carving Buddha statues ,tea tree dolls, repairing Buddha statues, carving Folk Art.
"I receive power (ki) from nature and
I carve wood (ki) with my mind (ki)"
-translated Japanese poem
I have been creating wood carvings
with such a feeling.
At the end of the Edo period, Tea tree
dolls (called netsuke strap) which depict
women in tea-picking costume , were created by the tea master Seisen Kambayashi(1801~70).
The Tea tree is believed to have strong lives because of the many roots
in the ground and the coming forth
many new tea leaves.
The Tea tree is a symbol of good health, good birth, and lucky encounters.
I started to carve Tea tree dolls in 2011.
Even by the citizens of Uji, they were not well known goods at that time.
But I started to display tea tree dolls
at the Uji tea events a few times a year
with tea tree dolls research worker, Mr.Masaru Tanaka.
I now feel Tea tree dolls are certainly becoming known little by little.
Nowadays there are not many people who drinking Japanese tea by using a tea pot.
I would like to help many people to have the chance to know and drink uji tea.
I would like to continue to carve and introduce Tea tree dolls as my life work.
WOOD CARVING NARUTAKI