In the world of Japanese bamboo craft, no species of bamboo is more important than madake or ‘timber bamboo’. Oita Prefecture is a region very well known for the production of superior madake bamboo as well as for its hot springs. Oita’s economy grew rapidly in the Muromachi Period (1392-1573) and bamboo craftsmen were kept very busy making baskets for merchants who needed to store and transport their products. Take is the word for bamboo in Japanese.
In the late 19th century bamboo craftsmen became fine artists wishing to express a personal style, and this trend continues with amazing sculptural creativity up to the present.