March 17, 2019 - April 23, 2019

Nahoko Kojima’s Incredible Paper Cutting Artwork “Byaku” Exhibited with New LEXUS Takumi Documentary

The ground floor Garage space at INTERSECT BY LEXUS – TOKYO will host an exhibition of Byaku, an incredible kirie Japanese paper cutting sculpture by acclaimed artist Nahoko Kojima. Made entirely by hand from a single sheet of Japanese washi paper, Byaku (meaning “white” in Japanese) is a meticulously crafted life-sized polar bear sculpture that took a painstaking seven months to complete.

Nahoko Kojima is one of the key characters in Takumi: A 60,000 hour story on the survival of human craft, a new documentary from LEXUS that offers fascinating insights into the mindset of Takumi, the very pinnacle of artisanship in Japan. The film is available online from March 19th and will also be shown at the Garage while her artwork is on display. The film examines the idea that it takes 60,000 hours to reach the very highest levels of craftsmanship, which is extraordinary when in the West it’s often considered it takes 10,000 hours of study for the average person to become an expert in their subject.

How do we honor and protect human craft when technology is advancing so rapidly? Will human craftsmanship disappear as artificial intelligence reaches beyond our limits? Or will this cornerstone of our culture survive and become more valuable than ever? These are the compelling questions the documentary explores through the lens of four remarkable Japanese artisans.

Guests can also experience Nahoko Kojima’s craftsmanship firsthand at a paper cutting art workshop which will be run by the artist herself.

Visit INTERSECT BY LEXUS to experience this breathtaking art on display and join her interactive workshop.

■ Exhibition Period: March 17th – April 23rd, 2019

■ Paper Cutting Art Workshop by Nahoko Kojima
Date: March 18th, 2019 / 14:00–16:00
Participants: 8
Participation Fee: 1,000 yen (including 1 drink)
Application Period: February 28th – March 11th (until 17:00)
Applications are accepted only during the period above.
In case of applications exceeding capacity, applicants will be selected by lot.
The workshop will be conducted in Japanese only.
Successful applicants will be notified by email around March 12th.
Photographs may be taken of participants during the workshop.

Nahoko Kojima
Based in London, Nahoko Kojima is one of the most acclaimed and active practitioners of the Japanese paper cutting art of kirie. She started making kirie at the age of five and has since become a pioneer of a new contemporary style of paper cutting, developing a three-dimensional approach rather than the traditional flat method of kirie, while inspired by timeless concepts of change, nature, and the seasons. Her visually stunning kirie sculptures, including many life-sized animals, have been exhibited around the world at such prestigious venues as the Saatchi Gallery and Jerwood Space in London, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Michigan, and the flagship Bulgari store in Tokyo.

Takumi: A 60,000 hour story on the survival of human craft
This new documentary from LEXUS examines craftsmanship in the modern age. The story is told through four Japanese artisans who are dedicating their lives to their crafts, including a double Michelin starred chef, a paper cutting artist, an automotive master craftsman, and a carpenter for one of the oldest construction companies in the world. The film is available to watch in its full 60,000-hour form online, and the feature-length version is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play.


LEXUS New Takumi Project (Japanese only)

LEXUS Collection (Japanese only)

MN Collection (Japanese only)

Lexus Design Award