To carry small object in a kimono a small box (inro) dangling from a string was used in Japan. A netsuke is a stopper to prevent the string to slip through the belt holding the kimono together. The bead to tighten the string is called ojime. I am fascinated by the miniature carvings used as netsuke. Also by the care taken in selecting the different materials to form the parts, netsuke, ojime en inro. In keeping with the Zen tradition I tried to use natural materials, like wood, bamboo, cotton, seeds and hemp. I try to match the materials with the subject and use clear craft like constructions. As there is not so much scope for decoration, apart from the natural grain and colour of the wood, the shape of the inro I made differs from the traditional stack of boxes.
1 Netsuke: Black oak
Ojime: Rose bush
Inro :Mukwa /Taxus
2 Netsuke: Black wood
Ojime: Walnut
Inro : Oak/ Cherry
3 Netsuke: Walnut
Ojime: Pinetree root
Inro : Juniper/Juniper
4 Netsuke: Oak
Ojime: Pokwood
Inro : Pine/ Pine
5 Netsuke: Walnut
Ojime: Peach seed
Inro : Juniper/Rosebush
6 Netsuke: Black oak
Ojime: Brown oak
Inro : New oak/New oak
7 Netsuke: Walnut
Ojime: Bog oak
Inro: Pine Pine
8 Netsuke: Bamboo
Ojime: Black oak
Inro : Mukwa/Mukwa
9 Netsuke: Walnut
Ojime: Bone
Inro : Black wood/ Hazel
10 Netsuke: Cherry
Ojime: Crocodile wood
Inro : Pine/Pine