KATSUSHIRO SOHO, Living National Treasure of Japan (b. 1934). Nature is an important theme for him. The changing seasons spark ideas for his bamboo vessels, which represent movement of wind across rice fields and shallow water beneath stones. K. spends his days working the land. His father, and first teacher, were also farmers, who made bamboo baskets when fields were fallow. "In the beginning I was only making baskets for use. I didn't even think of them as art."