The shape is extraordinarily well done and revels in the Danish/Nihon fusion aesthetic that has been a signature of Fukuda-san since the late 60s. The unpretentious sense of the natural that stirs to life within the undulation of the rim, morphs into an homage to Danish neoclassicism as we move down the bowl, and through the graceful arc of the shank and bit. Marvelous? Sure, but I encountered its equal in somewhat lower grade Ikebanas. So, to answer the musical question I asked many years back, "What makes an ‘N’ Grade?", it seems that I can modify a political catch phrase from a bygone era; "It's the grain, stupid!". As an aside, Sykes once told me that he has actually seen a ‘W’ Grade in Tokyo. We can stop right there. Bad things happen when you try to cram ten gallons of wonder and speculation into a shot-glass of a brain...--R. ‘Bear’ Graves
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