These beautiful Japanese folding screens or byobu are used as a backdrop for flower vases or pottery and accompany the tea ceremony and ikebana (flower arranging). They add elegance to any room in your home. They are works of Japanese art at affordable prices. Our hand painted byobu are made in Kyoto from quality washi, fine wood, and gold leaf.
These byobu make ideal gifts for you, your home and friends.
Profile of the Artist
Tomokazu Kurashima was born and raised in Kyoto. After graduation from Ritsumeikan University, Kurashima-san joined a fashion company where he worked for two years. At that point he joined his uncle's screen and byobu (Japanese screens) business. He worked there for a quarter of a century; six years ago he started his own company, Kuraya. Using washi (Japanese paper), Kurashima paints each byobu and screen by hand in his Kyoto studio. He creates lovely and moving screens that depict scenes from Genji Monogatari, the world's first novel; scenes that evoke the changing seasons; and scenes from some of the best-known screens in Japanese pictorial history. He uses brush and Chinese ink.