Discipline: Sashimono | Furniture – Wood Carving
Status: born 1912 – died 2002
Key Fact: Certified as a ‘Living National Treasure’ of Japan in 1984
Zuishin Nakadai became an apprentice of Fuzan Takeuchi in 1925 and studied various joinery techniques, mainly for tea ceremony utensils. While serving in World War II, he continued to pursue woodwork by producing wooden fighter planes, but felt a limitation with joinery from around 1960 and started to put his efforts into creating carvings made of paulownia wood. He was certified as a Living National Treasure and the keeper of “Woodcraft,” in 1984.