A good netsuke not only pleases the eye with the glow of
                                        its patina but also satisfies with the smoothness of its
                                        surfaces. As you palm and feel this smoothness you may be
                                        caught off guard by a sudden sense of connectedness to each
                                        of the netsuke's succession of owners and, ah yes, to the
                                        very person who carved it. This the Japanese call aji.