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A person who conveys tradition -Naoki Hayashi, a kite painter [Shofuku exhibition and sale 2022]


Konnichiwa! Hallo everyone!

Consignment sales of Tamahagane accessories have started from January 5th at the Fukuoka City Museum and from January 8th at the Sano Art Museum!

And one more from January 8th!

The "Shofuku exhibition and sale" sponsored by Dentoya Akatsuki will begin!

Click here for the last year exhibition↓

There will be a live performance this year as well.

In the live performance, kite painter Naoki Hayashi will draw a huge Japanese ink painting called Sumi-e, which is a painting in black and white!!

There aren't many people in the profession of kite painters, so I asked him about two things that I was particularly interested in!!!

Dentoya AKATSUKI"Mr. Hayashi, why did you decide to become a kite painter, not an ink-wash painter?"

Mr. Hayashi "I've loved kite flying since I was a kindergarten child. When I was in the third grade of elementary school, I met Mr. Masao Oyama, a kite lover living in Fuji City, and saw Mr. Oyama's kite collection. Then I was fascinated by the beauty of traditional Japanese kites. After that, I started to collect kites from all over the country, and not only collected them, but also started to make them myself.Around that time (beginning of Heisei era), master-class kite painters born in the Meiji and Taisho eras died one after another. Moreover, in most cases, there was no successor and it was abolished with the death. So, as an enthusiast, I wasn't just looking at that situation, I thought I had to have the technology and carry on the tradition."

Dentoya AKATSUKI "Please tell us about the uniqueness of your work and what you are careful about when making a kite."

Mr. Hayashi"The kite paintings I draw are the ones that I have taken a long time to create my own style by gradually "taking good points" from the work of the masters I have seen and the masterpieces of older times.Therefore, I can see the traditional techniques and stylistic beauty that the ancestors have accumulated in my work, but overall, you can see at a glance that it is my work, which is unique. This is my style. When I draw, my love for kites naturally appears there, even if I'm not particularly conscious of it. I am not a pure craftsman as a family business, but a world-class Japanese kite collector and researcher. Because of this, it can be said that this is my unique style."

Dentoya AKATSUKI "I see!! Thank you for your valuable story!!"

This is the interview with Mr. Hayashi.

"The love for kites naturally appears", he said!!

The energy that overflows from inside Mr. Hayashi appears in the work! Through the interview, I wanted to see how a picture with thoughts was drawn.

Mr.Hayashi started painting when he was in elementary school. At last year's "Shofuku exhibition and sale", I was surprised to see the works drawn when he was in junior high school. I didn't think it was a junior high school student's work.

We will be shooting a video this year and will release it at several days later, so it would be great if you could register for an account with Dentoya Akatsuki.

Dentoya Akatsuki's Instagram

Dentoya Akatsuki's Youtube

Mr.Naoki Hayashi's Instagram

In addition, at the "Shofuku exhibition and sale", we will also hold a shooting tournament using matchlock-shaped rubber band guns! Children are free!

Shofuku means "bringing good luck".

This event is the charity event as last year. We will donate a part of the sales to medical institutions.

Enjoy the works of kite painter Mr.Naoki Hayashi and the products of our shop!


We deliver you Japanese genuine skill with warmhearted crafts. We hope that we can continue to help you add color to your life with "tradition" and "craftsmanship".





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