Art decò, as a unique movement, originated in Paris and quickly traveled the world as an ambassador for modernism and style. The Japanese, too, welcomed the movement and uniquely transformed it throught the sensivities of their rich art and craft traditions. Their art decò creations are vivid translations of both tradition and innovation a visual record of the artistic explosion that ushered Japan from its traditional artistic format into the moder era. The continuing importance of Japanese tasteand craftsmanship(wakon-yosai) throughout the artdecòperiod has survived into twenty-first century to lie alongside Japanese interest in both traditional and modern Western culture (yokon-wasai).
Even in the Showa era 1926-1989 many artists were able to maintain the technical traditions of the past by working many materials, able to amaze the generations of our time.