I first met Kikuta Ichiro san in 2013 when I helped organize an exhibition of his work at the university. Watch the video.

Since then I have burned with a terrible yearning to own one of his byobu. I finally got round to buying two byobus that make up the piece “Giant Mottled Eels.”

It is very big
Kikuta san and I spend all Saturday afternoon working out the best way to set up the screens
You can’t see but there is a complex web of very thin wire guy ropes that hold the screen stable.
The end of my main room is now part of Yanbaru.
Detail. If you click on the photo you will be able to see the gold leaf. Pink color comes from crushed sea shells
That prawn hasn’t got long. The eels live in the rivers of Yanbaru and grow to 2.5 meters in length.

Amazing art, which will last hundreds of years. Buy his work:

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8 Responses to Byobu

  1. Rosemary Mulady says:


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  3. Simon G says:

    This is magnificent! Hope you’re having fun out there. Getting out to sea a lot?

  4. Yay Simon! Good to hear from you. What are you doing now? I imagine you will be in UK as travel to China must be difficult. Yes I have been out a few times but regrettably no big voyages. Stay well

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