Contest: try to win a Suruga bamboo wind chime

29 Aug 2018 in Contest

Discover the art of crafting bamboo lattice ware, and try to win your own design object!


For you chance to win, enter our contest now!

Update: contest is now closed, results available below.

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Did you know that hundreds of species of bamboo grow in Japan? Given its ubiquity, it’s no surprise that bamboo has long been used as a raw material by Japanese craftspeople.

The art form of Suruga bamboo lattice crafting is particularly associated with Shizuoka Prefecture, home to Hoshino Resorts KAI Atami. What makes it so special in this region is the quality of the bamboo and the fact that the stems are painstakingly cut and peeled to create thin, rounded strips known as higo.


The strips can measure less than 1cm in diameter and are delicately shaped into all manner of objects.

It takes years of training to master the technique, with each step of the process usually carried out by a single person.


A skilled artist can craft the higo into anything from flower pots and cake boxes to handbags and folding screens.


Another popular Suruga creation is wind chimes – and that’s exactly what we’re giving away in this month’s contest!

The contest is now over. Thank you to everyone who entered!

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the contest is Melania Graffa (from UK). Congratulations!

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