Born in Tokyo, Yukio Ogawa has specialized in making custom jewelry in many forms from old style to contemporary originals. Under his brand "Ryo's Smith", Ogawa has tapped into his Japanese heritage to create some truly distinguished and spell-binding pieces in the ancient, traditional style "Emishi" that are works of art unto themselves.
According to old literature, Emishi means "A hero who resists the East". Emishi-style jewelry is Japans unique culture which bloomed focusing on northern Japan thousands of years ago. Ogawa has taking it upon himself to revive this type of art for the present day and develop it into something even more refined and distinct, yet rich with originality. In his own words: "History goes on and on into the future but the present is only an instant of that process." As an artist dedicated, Ogawa devotes his life into making these masterpieces, hoping they will connect with artists in the future.