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We are sad to report that on July 27, 2020, Hiroi Michiaki passed away. He was 87 years old. We were very fortunate to be able to interview both Hiroi and Janell before their deaths. Hiroi was a playful, thoughtful person who hoped that the tops he created would make others smile. As we bring the Carving Community project to a close this year, we are deeply grateful to be able to share the interviews from our time with Hiroi and Janell.


3/9/15 Update!

This week we begin our regular updates with material on Janell’s early life, which includes an interview audio clip and transcripts. Separate posts are included in English and Japanese. We have also added five new top images in the “Collection” section, and starting next week we will introduce background information on each top, along with video clips and transcripts of Hiroi-sensei explaining his work.

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