A craftsman at KOUSEIDO like his father before him, Tanaka Yoshishige is heir to Kyoto’s tradition of hyogu ( paper-hanging ), which dates back over 1000 years. Hyogu is a traditional Japanese handicraft using Japanese paper, glue and fabric. It is not an art form in its own right; instead its role is always to assist the appreciation of paintings and calligraphic works, as
well as their preservation.
With the aid of paper supports made up of numerous glued-together layers (hyogu), Tanaka is engaged in repairing minor cultural assets,old pictures, images of the Buddha in temples and so on; at the same time he collaborates with designers on the development of products to suit the contemporary lifestyle.