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.