@From plastering modern construction and private residences
@to traditional Japanese storehouses and tea houses along
@with a five star hotel's entrance lobby with natural earth and
@materials, Syuhei has been able to showcase his individual,
@unique and original way of modern plastering.
@No such work has existed in the past, this has allowed him
@to expand all over Japan.
@In addition, Shuhei's new techniques, creative spaces and
@art made out of only natural materials have broadened his
@range of work including art exhibitions.
@1962 Born in Takayama city, Gifu Prefecture.
@1983 Won first place in the Japanese Plaster Olympics.
@1984 Competed in the World Plaster Olympics.
@2001 Established Shokuninnsha Shuhei-gumi Company.
@Currently employing 14 plasterers.
@Pine Cone Vegetable Storage Building in Yatsugadake
@Golden Storehouse in Kanazawa
@The Peninsura Hotel in Tokyo
@Toyako Lake Summit
@Ice and Snow Wall
@The Artistry of Water
@Syuhei Hasado-Japanese plaster craftsman
@Japanese craft is characterized by many specialized
@techniques that include Japanese paper - gwashi,h
@Japanese lacquer - gurushih and Japanese sword - gkatanah.
@They all exhibit a level of perfection that can be easily
@mistaken for industrial products that are made by machine and that
@upon closer inspection, surprisingly will reveal that this work is done
@The work of the Japanese plaster g sakanh displays these
@Among them, Syuhei Hasado is one of the finest in Japan.
@Syuhei was born in Takayama city in 1962. gTakayamah
@means high mountain and it located in a valley that is
@surrounded by mountains in the central area in Japan.
@He grew up in the beauty of nature and then from the age
@of 18 in Kumamoto city, he trained as a plaster craftsman.
@He won first place in plastering category of the National Skills
@Competition at the age of 21.
@Before and after this competition he did a lot of commercial
@construction with modern materials.
@In his mid-30s he had a dream of working with natural clay
@because he felt that the natural color and character was
@He realized that clay could be healing for him,while allowing
@him to work economically and efficiently contemporary world.
@Leaving the world of modern building, he returned to of
@traditional Japanese plastering.
@Fortunately, he was able to obtain lovely clay from the mountain
@around Takayama and began to experiment making plasters
@with the addition of sand and rice straw.
@Because traditional techniques take a lot of time and hard
@work, they are seldomly used in new Japanese buildings.
@Nonetheless, Syuhei found these traditional techniques irresistible.
@Instead of simply imitating them, he developed his own unique
@and contemporary style for creating walls of natural materials.
@Using nature as his inspiration, he spent a great deal of time
@making samples and trial pieces, that eventually evolved into what
@was to become his own signature style.
@Even though it was uncertain and somewhat of a risk for him,
@he set out on his own and founded his own company.
@People who saw his early experimental pieces were very surprised
@and impressed; his works eventually caused a great sensation.
@His work demonstrated the beauty and possibility of clay plaster.
@Syuhei is eloquent man and with many talents.
@On one hand he is full of passion, brave and manly, but on the
@other side, he is a delicate, deliberate and romantic person.
@His work exhibits this complexity of character and seems to
@have no limit.
@More than anything, he is inspired by nature - sunsets, the moon,
@snow, wind and trees. He also moved by poems and essays.
@His walls often reflect his mental image, that which resides
@deeply in everyone's mind.
@Accordingly, his works can be found in public places like restaurants,
@shops, hotels, houses, tea rooms, and the like.
@Some of his more significant walls were done on The Peninsula Tokyo,
@and the background of TV studio set for News show program.
@His work has also taken him beyond the world of architecture.
@For example, he took part in
@World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition in 2003.
@He traveled to the United Sates to teach traditional Japanese
@plaster in Arizona at the request of Mr. Bill Steen of
@The Canelo Project in 2004. In 2008, at the G6 Hokkaido
@Toyako summit, he made an earth table and gave a
@demonstration making small polished clay balls deal with the
@Also, he held his own exhibition at 2009, in the gallery Kachidoki
@in Tokyo and in 2010 at the gallery Ginza in Tokyo.
@His@ biggest exhibition to date @will be held at Bunkamura gallery
@in June 2010 -
@He says plaster works are "the tracks of water".
@He always feels the existence of water hidden inside the clay
@and air whenever he is creating his walls.
@Water runs everywhere on the earth; it engenders life, scenery,
@climate, all that we see in nature.
@He believes that the works and feelings of the plaster
@craftsman are very important for this present age.
@Clay and water are ubiquitous materials from long long time
@ago for all human being. But they are so far removed from the
@lives of people in modern urban cities. To improve the quality
@of our lies we need to return to at least some of our origins.
@I feel that Syuhei's work is universal and will be accepted to
@people of many different backgrounds.
(Kimie Tada/ editor of gCONFORTh magazine)