Aaric Eabbe October 25, 2018

We often wish that the world would get along better and experience complete global harmony. Unfortunately, the difference in culture can often mean that misunderstandings can run rampant. This leads to a country and their people being unable to connect with their peers, and the lack of respect making harmony impossible. However, there are certain things that transcend these petty differences, allowing even very different countries and cultures to see eye to eye. After all, no matter how different we might see the world, art speaks a universal language that we can all understand.

Enter Itchiku Kubota

In this case, we look at the life of the individual known as Itchiku Kubota – a legend among artisans for his work in reviving the ancient dying process of Tsujigahana. He was so devoted to making the style his own that he spent the better part of thirty years trying again and again before he was finally able to create a process that not only mimicked Tsujigahana but perhaps even surpassed it.

The result is an exhibit of kimonos that is an absolute sight to see, to the point where it has toured through many locations around the world and has received nothing but high praise. While he certainly lived a colourful life, having been a soldier and suffering defeat, his encounter with Tsujigahana during his early twenties resulted in the remarkable kimono collection we see today.

The supporters who make it possible

While the efforts of Itchiku Kubota are what led to the potent creation of his own dying style for kimonos, the help of certain organisations has allowed his exhibit to leave the country of Japan and spread its beauty all across the world. Known today as The Kubota Collection, it is sponsored by the International Chodiev Foundation and its founder, Dr Patokh Chodiev. For this organisation, the Kubota Collection is but one of many different sponsored programs that work toward achieving harmony through the appreciation of arts and even technology. With J-fest in Moscow and the Russian-Japanese Exchange festival in Tokyo, the love of culture continues to spread!

A world of possibility

Whereas Kubota was dedicated to his craft and the creation of his magnum opus, Dr Chodiev is committed to fostering international relations, specifically with Japan and Russia. It’s a beautiful accomplishment to improve diplomatic ties through the sharing of culture as this is the key to world harmony. You don’t necessarily have to accept another culture as your own, but you can certainly respect it and appreciate it for what it is.

To conclude, the Kubota Collection is successful in its attempt to spread the popularity of Japanese culture, while at the same time presenting what a true artisan is capable of when they devote themselves entirely to their craft. To bridge relations and forge bonds between countries takes inspired individuals like Kubota and Dr Chodiev to create and tour wonderful exhibits and festivals that continue to be experienced by millions of people to this day.

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