Amakusa Azulejo made from Amakusa white toseki. Amakusa Toseki: Highest quality ceramic stone from Amakusa, southern Japan
Tsuruta Ichiro: Born in 1954, Ichiro Tsuruta grew up in Kyushu's Amakusa Region, known for its splendid natural beauty. Influenced by the western cultures, and riding the artistic wave then in vogue, he produced realistic, almost photographic, artworks, but, eventually a feeling within him began to stir, telling him that "He is Japanese." His style started to shift towards such art as Rinpa, a form of Buddhist art, and towards what might be called Japan's unique form of beauty. The beautiful Japanese women he has created is, indeed, a result of the perfect union of European Art Deco and Ichiro's inner sense of what Japanese beauties should be - graceful yet erotic. In 1987, Noevir Cosmetics Company of Japan decided to use Ichiro's artworks, his imaginary beauties, in their TV ad campaign. Ichiro became a pioneer of TV commercial art and won a strong following of fans. The beauties Ichiro create continue to fascinate and mesmerize many people.