Mr. Nobuo Kai is a master of woodcraft, based in Yufuin, Oita Prefecture. His specialty is tableware, made of bamboo (from Oita Prefecture) and Japanese cherry birch (from Shimane Prefecture). His artisanal work starts with selecting the perfect material, and then goes through the sun-drying process of the wood. Depending on the season and weather, how the wood is dried and the length of the period can vary and require his daily attention and care. Each piece is carefully carved by hand, then the final coating is applied. From small utensils to bowls and plates, they are designed for functionality. Mr. Kai’s works are the results of true craftsmanship and the production is extremely limited.