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Exhibition : Traditional artworks of Kyoto include demonstration

Kiyomizu ware

Keiichi Ito (Nanzan),Heian toukaen

1959 Born in Kyoto City
1993 Teaches through actions at the Japanese Embassy in France
1994 He has held a one‐man exhibition at Paris
1995 Teaches through actions at Australia
1997 Exhibition at La Ruee vers l'Art
1999 Designated as METI-designated traditional craftsperson
2005 Senoukousi Houmonkaigu is became collection of Houunsai Daisousho
2007 Tea ceremony water jar has became part of public collection of National Art Gallery, Malaysia
2008 His craftwork is used at Kyoto State Guest House

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Specialist in covering with gold leaf.

Hisashi Itsuaki

Born in 1963, he has started work as specialist since 1986.
He is designated with METI-designated traditional craftsperson at 2000, and awarded honorable mention by METI at 2004.
Now, he inherits high techniques. His field is becoming more popular.
For example, Buddhist altar's gold covering of statues of Buddhas and pedestals, Accessories of Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton's item of art works, Osaka Castle, Kyoto City Office, Miyakomesse and Hokonaga of Gion festival are also gold covered by himself. And he also restores variety of craft products.

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Old established store's specialist of wood block printing by hand.

The fifth generation of Takenaka Mokuhan (Takezasado), Kenji Takenaka

He is the fifth generation of Takenaka Mokuhan (Takezasado), and a part time teacher at Kyoto City University of Arts. He is trained by Seihachi Takenaka(the present head of a family), and thus acquired his skill of wood block printing.
He held his own workshop in Pennsylvania and Boston, USA at 2006.
Then, he held another workshop at Hawaii, USA at 2008.
His art works are created using wood block printing are owned by Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Guimet Museum and National Library of France.
He is an author of technical method book "Hajimete no Mokuhanga (Beginner's wood block printing)" published by Mitsumura Suiko Shoin. He is also a director of several related art and craft associations. He also promotes spread of wood block printing craft.

Works of art and developing scenes.



Restoration of eastern pictures, books and other cultural properties.

Naoharu Usami

Born in June of 1963.
He performed restoration of many designated cultural properties at Usami Shokakudo kobo in Kyoto National Museum, the Restoration center of cultural property after joining Usami Shokakudo Co. Ltd.
He established Usami Shutokudo Co., Ltd. He has started restoration of eastern pictures and books.
He is METI-designated traditional craftsperson of "Kyo Hyogu" and director of Japan Paper Academy.

Works of art and developing scenes.





He is a calligrapher who advocates the popular calligraphy. He was born in the 1970s. He was familiar with calligraphy when he was a little child, and got the special scholarship from a calligraphy organization when he was a fifth-grade primary school student. He entered the calligraphy club which almost went bankrupt and tried to reconstruct it when he was a third-grade high school student. He then studied authentic calligraphy in the calligraphy club of his university, which did not belong to the major one. Since he had no teachers, he practiced using some famous calligrapher's collection books. At the same time, he tried the new style of calligraphy in which the Japanese characters were not written in standard style (Kaisho Style). He held two personal exhibitions when he was a student. After graduation from university, he worked in a major food company and a foreign software vendor, while continuing to hold exhibitions in Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo and so on. After that, he became a professional calligrapher.

"Udoyoshi" is not his real name, which reads as the reverse of "Shodou (Calligraphy)" in Japanese to make the new style easy to be remembered. He has been insisting on his own unique approach all the time: simple, easy and friendly. Currently, He manages the "Udoyoshi Calligraphy School" in Nezu (Tokyo), and is a lecturer of "Popular Calligraphy" in the Lifelong Learning Halls of Tokyo's Chiyoda-Ku.

Works of art and developing scenes.




Gold-carving workshop

Chikueido Eishin

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Fushimi Sake Brewers Association(Fushimi Shuzo Kumiai)

Fushimi Sake Brewers Association (Fushimi Shuzo Kumiai) is an organization consisting of 25 Japanese sake brewers in Kyoto Fushimi and Jyoyo. Sake of Fushimi is known for rich natural features and polished by Kyoto culture. Its legend is old, and its brewing was started in the Yayoi period when rice farming was introduced to Japan.

Sake brewing legend was spotlighted and began to flourish during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, with Taiko Hideyoshi's building the Fushimi castle (Fushimi-Jyo), Due to big demand for sake, Fushimi earns greatest profits. Additionally, Fushimi developed as an important center for both river and land transportation. Overtime, a number of good sake breweries was established. Eventually, Fushimi became the most famous brewery in Japan. This was during the last part of Meiji period. History of sake is strongly associated with people of Fushimi.
Fushimi Shuzo Kumiai http://www.fushimi.or.jp/index.html



Kyoto Traditional Paper

Yamazaki Store

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Ms. Iemura who has engaged on ladies dresses at a department store and Ms. Uchida who likes Kimono established Sakura atelier at the 14th of 2003. They consider the materials of Japanese traditional kimonos as the best materials and make superior and elegant clothes which are called “kimono-fuku”. The clothes are from plane figure to a third dimension style and from straight lines to curve ones. They are trying to find the possibility of the fabric that is 38cm in width and 13cm in length.

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Left:Tsukesage Ao dai dress
Right:fine pattern jacket +silk skirt 
Tsumugi suit Tsukesage dress  Left:fine pattern dress
Right:monotone jacket +fine pattern skirt   

Inovation and Promotion of Traditional Craft Technology

Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Technology and Culture Center for Integrated Sensible Industry

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