Mitsuhiro Karasumaru

The noh mask master Karasumaru Mitsuhiro was a direct descendent of the already-extant Fujiwara family lineage in the Muromachi Period. His name became known in connection with his being a close friend of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Karasumaru Mitsuhiro was an ancestor to the court nobility of the early Edo Period. With such a special lineage, the noh masks created by Karasumaru possess a kindness, a nobility, and are utterly pure and delicate. At the same time, over the faces of his masks seems to float an elegantly refined otherworldliness. Consequently, the artist himself seems to resemble an otherworldly creator, an utterly pure contradiction. A charmingly free spirit, his transparency seems to exist for eternity.