Hafu Matsumoto

Born 1952 in Tokyo, Japan.

Hafu Matsumoto studied under Iiizuka Shokansai (who was designated a Living National Treasure in 1982).  He then set up his own workshop and moved to Tateyama in Chiba in 1988.  He is particularly known for making works out of whole flattened pieces of bamboo creating beautiful organic sculptures.  In 2007 he received the Tokyo Governor’s Prize at the 48th East Japan Craft Art Exhibition and in 2014 he won the Japan Kogei Association Chairman’s prize at the 61st Dento Kogei Ten (Japanese Traditional Craft Art) exhibition. His work is in major collections including the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA.

Selected Works


Basket, 2017

H 36 x W 28 x D 28 cm

Bamboo, rattan and lacquer