wamono art consists of the words wa = Japan and mono = hand manufactured pieces / physical objects / oneness. In keeping with its name, wamono art represents well established and emerging Japanese artists through their ambitions, experiences, philosophies, souls and aesthetics. Such uniqueness is all condensed and represented in their hand-crafted original art pieces.
Director and Art Consultant
Based in Tokyo, Karen Yoneyama extensively works as an art consultant and design producer. After she had a career experience at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, she moved to Tokyo and has since then dedicated herself to have brought profitable businesses for renowned organizations such as Sotheby's Japan and the Ryogensha Foundation. Previously she produced numerous museum exhibitions organized by the Japan Art and Culture Association. Karen has been playing a key role in the dissemination of the Japanese arts, specifically bamboo arts designed and crafted by talented young artists to liaising with Oita Prefecture where it is famous for rich bamboo production and arts.
Born in Kanazawa in Japan, a city which is rich in arts and crafts, Noriko herself also grew up in a family with craft workers and a Living National Treasure. After studying arts and history at University and gaining a Master in Business Administration in HEC, France, she has been living and working in Hong Kong for more than 10 years. She is passionate about introducing hidden Japanese arts and crafts to the world outside of Japan.