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This was the signature marble that Yoshi created for the recent 'Yokaiju' show in Europe. The show was held at the Dampkring Gallery in Amsterdam and featured the works of Team Japan along with Salt and Snic, including many collaborations between them. Yokaiju is a hybrid word that gallery owner Greg and the team came up with to represent the theme of the show, hearkening to mythical beasts of Japan, as a combination of Yokai, 'supernatural apparition', and Kaiju, 'monster'.
The history of this marble goes beyond just being the centerpiece marble for the show, as it is also the first time that Yoshi has created an asymmetrical center design for a marble, with the pattern around that design then broken to highlight the viewing of the 'monster inside'. It is a staggering achievement, complex beyond measure with many, many layers of dot stacking, and then layered fiery opals included on the other side to be seen through the backside viewing window. The patterns that Yoshi has achieved with the many layers and glass maneuvers will absolutely blow your mind if you ever have an opportunity to see this monument to glass in hand. This marble summarizes Yoshi's shooting star career up to this point in time, and captures the beautiful essence of Japan that we all love and appreciate so much! Words cannot really adequately express how sweet this marble is - it must be seen in hand! (And you thought the pics were good?) It's also a nice large size.
I don't let go of this one lightly - it probably goes without saying that it is one of my top few favorite Kondo marbles I have ever seen. This will be cherished in a special collection, whomever ends up with it. Signed with Yoshi's signature YK opal, along with '14' in ti pen for the year.