Masashi is a woodworker who teaches at a college called Gifu Academy of Forest Science and Culture. He puts great effort into the promotion of green woodwork and revitalization of traditional craft. He believes that green woodwork is the best way to connect people with local forest resources and traditional craft culture. He often invites foreign instructors to his college, including Jarrod Dahl, Drew Langsner and Jögge Sundqvist. He also writes articles to foreign woodworking magazine, and attends international craft events, to exchange ideas and techniques between east and west.
Masashi will be accompanied by master woodcarver Shinichi Moriguchi. Shinichi trained himself as a sculptor, then studied woodwork and traditional lacquer finishing. He first got to know Wagatabon in 2001 and was so fascinated by it. There was no one producing them at that time so he began researching old documents and making trays by studying old pieces. As he established himself as the leading Wagatabon maker, he is now keen to pass on his skill to the next generation. Several years ago he set up a small workshop near the birthplace of Wagatabon, to teach local villagers how to carve the tray.