|Kumiko-zaiku crafted lamps at Jinya.|
On a recent trip for an article about Kanagawa Prefecture, I visited Jinya, a traditional ryokan in Tsurumaki Onsen. Operating since roughly the Kamakura Period (1185 - 1333 A.D.), Jinya's buildings and gardens are works of art. One of the more fascinating items, though, were these wooden lamp shades made using kumiko-zaiku, a kind of woodworking that puzzles together various pieces of wood in differing patterns for a decorative effect. The detail is often incredible and the precision required mind-boggling. These two lamp shades were the work of local artist, Takeo Sato, and were one of many extraordinary things to be seen at Jinya. Truly inspiring.