TOTO has been working as a craftsman in KARACHO, that is a famous studio of KARAKAMI woodblock-printed paper in Kyoto established in 1624, and making traditional ‘fusuma‘ sliding doors and wall papers, and he is also passionate about an artistic expression with KARAKAMI. His original method called ‘SHIFUKU’ painting with his fingers can create unique works of art.
He provides his KARAKAMI works for various temples, shrines, museum,public facilities, and private houses, and people feel drawn to his works which the spiritual power of language brings some scenes and stories, that is a reason why he is called KOTONOHA KARAKAMI-SHI.
His artwork called ‘Wish on a star’ is displayed next to the important cultural property by TAWARAYA SOTATSU in YOHGENIN temple in Kyoto, and he had also restored another SOTATSU’s work there.
As mentioned above, he is devoting himself to maintain the traditional works, and trying to establish the contemporary arts with KARAKAMI at the same time.