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Tusha Buntin

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Tusha Buntin has over 35 years of experience in the fine art business. He’s Studied Asian Art History at the University of Hawaii Manoa with a BA in Art History. Having studied under great teachers such as Tom Klobe, Gallery design and being Gallery Director for 32 years in the family business, Tusha has helped many clients create great spaces for the appreciation of art.

Fluent in Japanese language and culture, Tusha is driven by the enjoyment of Fine Art at it’s best. We hope you will be inspired as well.

Tusha Buntin

My father was a sculptor and an artist and I started watching our antique store at the age of 10 on the Big Island of Hawaii. I grew up in Hawaii and California. 

Tragedy turned to a blessing when our buildings burnt to the ground and we moved to Japan.

I was so inspired by traveling to Taiwan and then Japan at the age of 12. Seeing the Emperors Imperial Collection in Taiwan at the National Palace Museum in the late 1970’s was an eye-opening experience, especially during that time in Taiwan, where so much of the collection was on display. I also became fluent and can read and write Japanese after living there for 4 years. Our family has traveled all over the world and we have visited so many museums and art related institutions

I took up the martial art of Kendo when I moved to Japan and continue this passion of learning the Japanese and Samurai culture to this day. In fact although I have degrees and studied Asian Art history through the University of Hawaii, it was Kendo that helped me intertwine Art history and Japanese culture.

The histories of Asia, Chinese philosophy, Zen Buddhism and Samurai mindset. Studying the Japanese sword and metalwork is a big part of this. I am a humble 7th Dan in Kendo and 1st Dan in Iaido.

After traveling extensively to do Art and Antique shows all over the world and this education I have developed an expertise in Japanese and Chinese carvings in jade, wood and Netsuke of all types.

Japanese Buddhist and religious figures have always been a favorite area of appreciation.

My father was a sculptor and an artist and I started watching our antique store at the age of 10 on the Big Island of Hawaii. I grew up in Hawaii and California. 

Tragedy turned to a blessing when our buildings burnt to the ground and we moved to Japan.

I was so inspired by traveling to Taiwan and then Japan at the age of 12.  Seeing the Emperors Imperial Collection in Taiwan at the National Palace Museum in the late 1970’s was an eye-opening experience, especially during that time in Taiwan, where so much of the collection was on display.  I also became fluent and can read and write Japanese after living there for 4 years.  Our family has traveled all over the world and we have visited so many museums and art related institutions

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I took up the martial art of Kendo when I moved to Japan and continue this passion of learning the Japanese and Samurai culture to this day. In fact although I have degrees and studied Asian Art history through the University of Hawaii, it was Kendo that helped me intertwine Art history and Japanese culture. The histories of Asia, Chinese philosophy, Zen Buddhism and Samurai mindset. Studying the Japanese sword and metalwork is a big part of this. I am a humble 7th Dan in Kendo and 1st Dan in Iaido.

After traveling extensively to do Art and Antique shows all over the world and this education I have developed an expertise in Japanese and Chinese carvings in jade, wood and Netsuke of all types.  Japanese Buddhist and religious figures have always been a favorite area of appreciation.

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Japanese and Hawaiian paintings have played a central part of my career over the last 20 some odd years and continue to appreciate Nihonga school and Mid Century Modern Hawaiian works. The display rotation and presentation are the focus of this new Gallery.

Japanese and Hawaiian paintings have played a central part of my career over the last 20 some odd years and continue to appreciate Nihonga school and Mid Century Modern Hawaiian works.

The display rotation and presentation are the focus of this new Gallery.