Discover the many techniques and applications developed by Japanese artisans over hundreds of years. The collection of Gregory Howell focuses on works created during the 18th through 20th centuries. These objects represent the power and influence of form and function in daily life in Japan. Highlights include Hokkaido farmer’s clothing which uses textiles woven with natural grasses, ancient bamboo baskets from the mountain communities of Takayama, and a circular Edo Period lacquer ‘Jubako’ stacking lunch box from Kyoto. See contemporary ceramics from Japanese masters and other significant objects which were an integral part of life in Japan over the ages. Howell’s first encounter with Japan as a child fueled his passion for things Japanese. His Japanese art collection has been a work in progress for 40 years, and he is the 2006 Recipient of the Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation for his lifetime service to the nation of Japan.