BIO/CV

b. 1964, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

Education
  • 1997

    Graduated from Oita Prefectural Technical Institute, Department of Bamboo Arts

  • 1998

    Graduated from Beppu Advanced Industrial Arts and Technology Institute, Department of Bamboo Arts

  • 2003

    Apprenticed to Watanabe Chikusei II

  • 2005

    Apprenticed to Okazaki Chikuhosai II


Exhibitions & Accolades
  • 2004

    Admitted to 51st Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
    Received Oita Mayor’s award at Oita Bamboo Art exhibition for the functional objects

  • 2007

    Winner of OAB Prize to 42nd Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division
    Admitted to 54th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
    Received Oita Mayor’s award at Oita Bamboo Art exhibition for the functional objects
    Solo exhibition at Gallery Otsu, Sapporo

  • 2008

    Gifted a flower basket to the Emperor of Japan

  • 2009

    Winner of Oita Governor’s Prize at Oita Bamboo Art exhibition for the functional objects for the 3rd time
    Admitted to 11th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

  • 2013

    Oita’s Art Movement, in partnership with the Oita Prefectural Government, a museum-quality show, TAI Gallery, 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


  • David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation, Kansas City, MO
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
    The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


ARTIST STATEMENT
  • Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art

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

  • Oita’s Art Movement

  • Oita’s Art Moment