He began working with bamboo craft from a young age, and in 1915, when he turned 5 years of age, he gave demonstrations of the craft with his cousin Kunsai at his fathers private exhibition at Mitsukoshi Department in Osaka, impressing everyone with his skilled weaving in hexagonal pattern. In 1919, when he was 9, his father made him study calligraphy under the Sinologist Tsuchida Knan to make him a man of letters. The drawings he made in his late years were the results of the Nanga painting and calligraphy he learnt during his childhood.
He held his first private exhibition when he turned 15 in 1925 and was given the title Shchikuunsai by his father. At the age of 21 his first selected work for an exhibition was titled Banryzubon.
Thereafter he presented works at the Teiten (Imperial Academy art exhibition), the Shin-Bunten (new annual art exhibition sponsored by the then Ministry of Education) and the Nitten (Japan Art Exhibition organized also by the then Ministry of Education). He also served as a juror and councilor for the Nitten, before going on to win the Nitten Special Recognition Asakura Prize in 1952 for his Flower basket with spiral motif. He later received the Osaka Prefecture Art Prize in 1959, the Fourth Class of the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1981 and the Dark-Blue Ribbon Medal in 1983.Openwork weaving and free weaving Chikuunsai I was skilled in making Chinese-style objects and created imposing works. After he passed away, Shchikuunsai succeeded to the title of Chikuunsai II in 1937 and began creating his own unique works. His openwork weaving in particular is representative of his skills and it allowed him to present the beauty of light and shadow to pass through. He created many pieces using openwork weaving, mostly of hexagon-pattern weaving and fish-scale-pattern weaving. His representative works included the Flower basket with flowing pattern made by overlapping three woven openwork pieces, the Flower basket with ringed pattern and the Mountain-Morning flower basket made for the Nitten, among others.
Besides that, he was also skilled in using soot-coloured bamboo of Bambusa multiplex cv. Fernleaf to create freely woven baskets. In comparison with the fine, fresh openwork weaving, free weaving brings out the natural strength of the bamboo and allows the artist to exert his/her sensitivity this facilitated Chikuunsai II to create works that embodied his fascinating craft to the fullest. His representative freely woven pieces made using Bambusa multiplex cv. Fernleaf include the Flying clouds in the Crafts Gallery of the National Museum of Modern Art collection and the Forest flower basket create for the first Nitten.The item "Vintage Japanese Bamboo Basket Chikuunsai II Tanabe Work Ikebana Hana kago Vase" is in sale since Sunday, December 23, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Asian\1900-Now\Japanese\Other Japanese Collectibles".japon" and is located in Gunma. This item can be shipped worldwide.