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2007/12/25


増永眼鏡 Kazuo Kawasaki Ph.Dのアイウェア Masunaga-megane Kazuo Kawasaki Ph.D-no-Aiuea Masunaga Eyeglass by Kazuo Kawasaki Ph.D

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Masunaga Optical Mfg Co., Ltd is the oldest eyeglass maker in Japan and located in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture, one of the three biggest eyeglass frame producing districts in the world.
Masunaga Eyeglass was designed by Kazuo Kawasaki who was born and raised locally. The eyewear was awarded Silmo d’Or at the Silmo Eyeglass trade show held at Paris in 2000.
Without using screws and by applying lightweight and flexible beta titanium in its frame, Masunaga eyeglass has achieved a high level of comfort for the wearer. By attaching the lenses to the frames at only one point, it is designed so that the vision is not distorted when the arms are flexed at the temple points. The lenses and the pupils are always equidistant.
Masunaga eyeglass, born from a concept of “smart and high technology”, achieved functionality and nobleness realized by the combination of  the Kazuo Kawasaki’s industrial design and Matsunaga’s superb techniques.
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CARNA Kaana Carna Folding WheelChair

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Carna was named after the Roman goddess who had power over entrances and exits and was considered a guardian angel of daily life.
Carna folding wheelchair, which was completed after eights years of prototyping, has a jaunty and stylish design giving it a feeling more like the newest pair of sneakers. With light weight titanium being utilized for the frame, the Carna can be folded down into a compact size. It is designed to be finely adjustable to fit different needs and body sizes. Above all, a user will be comfortable using the chair for extended periods of time. It can be said that this wheelchair becomes the legs of the user.
Carna folding wheelchair is the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
The Carna will become like a trusted guardian and it plays an important role to support the user’s everyday life, just as the word means.    
■Carna
・H86 x W61 x D90 cm
・9.5kg (seat 3kg)
■Design Director
Kazuo Kawasaki
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2006/12/17


漆刷毛 Urushibake Urushibake (Urushi Brushes)

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It is said that brushes specially made for urushi work have been first used in around 12th Century for lacquering Buddhist images and altar fittings. Since then urushi brushes became indispensable tools for urushi lacquer ware all over Japan. In urushi lacquering, urushi must be applied evenly without surface irregularity. Therefore elaborate and taxing handwork is required for the making of urushi brushes. The bristles are usually made of human hair because it contains little oily substance that has the worst effect on urushi and it has little damages caused by chemicals. The best material for bristles is Japanese woman’s hair that is air-dried for appropriate time. The best selected human hair is impasted with noriurushi (a mixture of lacquer and rice paste), then set between a uniform pair of hinoki (Japanese cypress) boards, fastened together, and finally trimmed with a planer. Urushi lacquerers usually use their brushes for more than 20 years, during which when the brush top gets worn out, they trim it to adjust the shape again and again. Brush making methods vary according to the way lacquer is applied. Urushi brush making requires long experience and expert skills.
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2006/12/15


有明海 Ariakekai The Ariake Sea

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The Ariake Sea is the largest bay surrounded by the prefectures of Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, and Kumamoto. The bay, the deepest point of which is no more than 50 meters deep, is shallow to a considerable distance from the shore. The water depth differs largely by the ebb and tide. The range of a spring tide is over 4 meters. Laver cultivation has developed using this spring range. At low tide emerges the tideland, which is the habitat of rare species that cannot be found anywhere else such as mudskippers, pen shells, warasubo (a species of eel goby), and fiddler crabs. The Ariake Sea has been providing people with food since the ancient times. A lot of shell mounds have been discovered near the coastline, from which clams, arch shells, and fish bones of Japanese seaperch and others were excavated. Living aquatic resources in the Ariake Sea has supported people’s diet.
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