Who is Itchiku Kubota?
Itchiku Kubota was born in Kanda, Tokyo, in 1917, where he studied Yuzen under Kiyoshi Kobayashi from the age of 14. His first encounter at 20 with a piece of Tsujigahana from the Muromachi Period at the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno changed his life.
“Restraining the pounding of my heart, I gazed intently at that small piece of fabric exuding a subtle and profound atmosphere (…). It carried a quality that was almost plaintive and mysterious. In the hall which was practically devoid of visitors, I continued to look at that small piece of fabric, as if placed under a spell, for over three hours”. (Itchiku Kubota, in “Itchiku Tsujigahana: works of Itchiku Kubota”, 1979 (translation).