Yako Hodo

Yako Hodo


B. 1940, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

  • 1956

    Apprenticed to Nakajima Hoso for four years

  • 1964

    Moved to Tokyo
    Studied under Nakamura Yukosai for one year

  • 1965

    Apprenticed to Baba Shodo for eight years

Exhibitions & Accolades
  • 1961

    Admitted to Niigata Prefecture Art Exhibition for the first time

  • 1968

    Winner, Tokyo Governor’s Award, Japan Art Exhibition

  • 1973

    Admitted to Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) for the first time
    Moved to Saitama Prefecture and became independent

  • 1978

    Became a member of Japan Modern Craft Arts Association
    Admitted to Japan Modern Craft Arts Exhibition for the first time

  • 1979

    Winner, Saitama Governor’s Award, Prefecture Arts Exhibition

  • 1980

    Three-Person Exhibition

  • 1982

    Solo Exhibition

  • 1985

    Group Exhibition at Saitama Arts Exhibition

  • 1989

    Admitted to Nitten

  • 1992

    Admitted to Nitten
    Judge at Saitama Prefecture Arts Exhibition

  • 1994

    Admitted to Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition for the first time

  • 1995

    Solo Exhibition in Kumagaya
    Winner of Exceptional Technique Award (Ministry of Labor Award)

  • 1997

    Admitted to Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1998

    Admitted to Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
    Became full member of Traditional Craft Arts Association
    Solo Exhibition at Fukaya City Library
    Bamboo Masterworks, Asia Society, New York City, NY

  • 2000

    Winner, Order of Cultural Merit from Emperor of Japan and Ministry of Culture
    Appeared on CNN “Style”
    Bamboo Masterwork, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • 2001

    Bamboo Masterworks, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI
    Best Bamboo Baskets: The Cotsen Collection, at Long House Reserve, East Hampton, NY
    Meet the Masters, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2002

    Bamboo Masterworks, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
    Bamboo Masterworks, Field Museum, Chicago, IL

  • 2004

    Exhibited in the Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA

  • 2005

    Weavers of Wonder, Naples Museum of Art, FL

  • 2006

    Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, IA and Chicago Cultural Center, IL
    Solo exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (first solo show in the US)
    Beyond Basketry: Japanese Bamboo Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

  • 2007

    Listening to Bamboo: Japanese Baskets from the Collection of Ritalou and Robert Harris, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2008

    A Sensei and His Students, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2009

    2009, New Bamboo:Contemporary Japanese Masters, The Japan Society, New York
    2009, Many Shapes of Bamboo III, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita, Japan
    Listening to Bamboo
    , Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2014

    Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

  • 2017

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

Museum Collections
  • Fukaya City Museum
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
    Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


When I make a basket, I draw rough sketches first to conceptualize the image I would like to capture. When I have a hard time finding out what adjustments to make, I try listening to the bamboo and asking it what I should do. It is important to improve one’s skills and techniques, but mental preparation and conceptualization are just as important. The baskets I make reflect both function and dream.

  • Ten Thousand Flowers

  • Spring is Here

  • Japanese Bamboo Art

  • Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art

  • Yako Hodo

  • A Sensei and his Students: Baba Shodo, Fujitsuka Shosei & Yako Hodo