||Akinori and Ayako
|| Their encounter
with kaleidoscopes was at a local toy shop in Switzerland
After coming back to Japan they looked about for
more kaleidoscopes only to find there was no information
to be found on them.
This experience got them to set up a comprehensive
information web site on kaleidoscopes in 1997, which
is now very popular among Japanese kaleidoscope
They learned to make kaleidoscopes under Koji Yamami
and continue to experiment with several mirror configurations
and object types.
Their basic media is stained glass with elaborately
hand-painted patterns by Ayako.
Akinori is working on the mirror systems and overall
Although they are not full-time kaleidoscope artists,
they have been expanding their horizons and their
works prove it.
They hope that people will forget about their worries
and problems even for a short period by looking
at the ever-changing beautiful images and become
encouraged by them.
They regard kaleidoscopes as simple tools that make
people happy and try to promote them with their
own works as well as on their website.