Bamboo craftsmen have been creating fine art rather than everyday objects since the late Edo era, but their value was not recognized at that time.
In the early Showa era, bamboo art wasn't valued as much as ceramics and lacquerware, so artisans worked harder to produce more decorative and artistic pieces. Overseas collectors noticed this fine craftsmanship and began gradually collecting these works.
Contemporary Japanese bamboo arts are more delicate and fascinating than we generally think. The selection and cutting of bamboo is just one of the time consuming requirements involved in the creation of these works. They are produced utilising various techniques of knitting from olden times, and importance is attached to their beauty rather than function. Japanese Bamboo art is one of the traditional crafts that is appreciated all over the world.