Growing up, Monden Yuichi’s father, renowned bamboo artist Monden Kogyoku, discouraged him from pursuing a career as a bamboo artist because of the economic hardships of the life. Heeding his advice, Yuichi chose to become an engineer, but he continued to find himself drawn to bamboo.
According to Yuichi, “It was not until late one night in 1975, after my father was asleep, that I ventured alone into his studio and asked myself, “is it not a waste for me not to try expressing myself through bamboo?” That night, I started to teach myself how to work with bamboo. Later that year, I made my first simple bamboo basket… My only training was by examining my father’s work and experimenting with my own hands. Later, I felt a real need for more formal training to advance myself to a higher artistic level.”