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Monaka

From Japan's Asako Hojin, Monaka, the archaic Japanese word for Fall's full moons, is an autumnal meditation on simple natural forms, how humankind's imprint on so many things is fleeting & barely there. She employs minimal design to modify ancient, ocean and rock carved pieces, using unique gems as distinctive precious stones, the centerpieces of her material. She studied goldsmithing & design in Itami College, Japan, then wandered the world in search of experience, finally leading her back to Kyoto (whence all things point) and then out & on her own in the wilds of Tokyo in 2012. We had a chance, fleeting encounter with her, two people passing in forest, and of course the experience committed us. Everything's responsibly sourced & handmade by her in her studio in Tokyo.