b. 1941, Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, Japan

Yufu Shohaku is a second-generation bamboo artist from Beppu, the son of Yufu Chikuryu. His father apprenticed to Sato Chikuyusai, who was the teacher of bamboo master Shono Shounsai.

Shohaku began making bamboo baskets in elementary school and achieved mastery by middle school. With his father, he created many styles of flower baskets that made Beppu famous. Today he is known for traditional Beppu rough-plaited baskets that blend plant roots and bamboo chunks.

An independent artist, he is the leader of his local bamboo art professional association and the recipient of numerous prizes, include the Beppu Mayor’s Special Recognition Award and Chairman’s Prize at the Beppu Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition. His work is in the collection of the Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Museum.



1960, Studied under his father,Yufu Tadashi


Exhibitions & Accolades

1967, Admitted first time to Beppu Crafts New Work Exhibition (thereafter admitted 10 times, winner 3 times including Oita Governor’s Prize)

1968, Admitted first time to Oita Crafts Exhibition (thereafter admitted 3 times)

1975, Winner of Chairman’s Prize at Beppu City Art Exhibition

1976, Winner of Mayor’s Prize at Beppu City Art Exhibition

1981, Licensed 1st class skillholder in bamboo craft under the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare

1984,Admitted to Oita Prefecture Art Exhibition

1984,Admitted to Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

1985,Winner of 21st Oita Godo Newspaper Prize

1985,Winner of Chairman’s Prize at All Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition

1985,Admitted to Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

1988,Recognized as Important Traditional Craft Arts Skill Holder under the Art Preservation Committee in the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare

2006,Palm Beach!, Florida and Art Miami, Florida

2006,Power & Delicacy: Master Works of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2006,Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art ,Grinnell College, Iowa

2006,Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Chicago Cultural Center

2007,The Arts of Pacific Asia Show, San Francisco

2007,Palm Beach!, Florida

2008,SOFA New York

2008,Palm Beach! Florida

2009,SOFA New York and SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2009,Art Miami, Florida

2010,SOFA New York

2010,Art Chicago

2010,Int’l. Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York

2010,Art Miami

2011,Dallas Art Fair

2011,SOFA New York

2011,Art Chicago

2011,Art Antiques London

2011,Houston Fine Art Fair

2001,International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, New York

2012,SOFA New York

2013,Oita’s Art Movement, in partnership with the Oita Prefectural Government, TAI Gallery,Santa Fe, NM

2013,Public bamboo demonstration, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM

2014,Group show, Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Los Angeles, CA

2017, Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Modern at Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, NY


Museum Collections

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Craft Museum


Professional Associations

Member of Oita PrefectureArtist’s Association

Important Traditional CraftArts Skill Holder

Licensed 1st Class Skill Holder

  • Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art

  • Japanese Bamboo and the World Expo: A Century of Discovery

  • Oita’s Art Movement

  • Oita’s Art Moment