photo Toshihiro Shimazaki

Toshihiro Shimazaki

For the majority of my woodwork pieces I use mulberry wood from Mikura Island, which is very typical of Edo sashimono (joinery). In keeping with the original Edo sashimono techniques, and the old saying, I use the right mortise for the right section, and my basic idea is that by carefully selecting a variety of precious woods I create craft pieces giving a relaxed feeling and bringing comfort to people’s daily lives.

Works

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Information

  • Categories
    Wood
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association

Career

  • 1949
    Born in Arakawa Ward, Tokyo
  • 1964
    Studied Edo-sashimono techniques under his father SHIMAZAKI Masanari
  • 1970
    Graduated from the Crafts and Industrial Design Course at the Tokyo Designer Gakuin College
  • 1979
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1984
    Submitted to the “Wood and Bamboo of Everyday Life Exhibition” at Ginza WAKO Hall, Tokyo
  • 1987
    “Masanari and Toshihiro Shimazaki Woodwork Exhibition” at Ginza WAKO Hall, Tokyo
  • 1991
    “Masanari and Toshihiro Shimazaki Woodwork Exhibition” at Ginza WAKO Hall, Tokyo
  • 1995
    “Masanari and Toshihiro Shimazaki Woodwork Exhibition” at Ginza WAKO Hall, Tokyo
  • 1994
    Group exhibition titled “The Sound of Wood and Bamboo Exhibition” at Ginza WAKO Hall, Tokyo
  • 1996
    Group exhibition titled “Hibiko no Kai” at Ginza WAKO Hall, Tokyo. Held biennially until the 8th Exhibition (-2010)
  • 2008
    First solo exhibition at Mitaka Space S
  • 2010
    Submitted to the “Traditional Art Crafts of the 21stth Century – Eye of the World” Exhibition at the MOA Museum of Art
  • Restoration of cultural properties
  • 1996
    Replacement works of the green ebony on Maruyama Okyo’s six-paneled “Sesshozu Byobu” at Mitsui Bunko
    Repairs on the furnishings of the Mitsui Hachiroemon Residence at the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
    2003: Repairs on the Koho Zukan money box at the Tokyo National Museum
    2006: Produced the lacquered wooden base of the clothing box, jewel box and jade box for the 62nd Shikinen Sengu in 2013 at Ise Jingu(-2009)
    Produced the lacquered wooden base specimens of the jewel box and jade box for the Shikinen Sengu exhibition

Award

  • 1975
    Received the Incentive Award at the 2nd Traditional Art Crafts Musashino Exhibition
  • 1980
    Received the Incentive Award at the 7th Traditional Art Crafts Musashino Exhibition
  • 1981
    Received the Mitsukoshi Award at the 21st Exhibition of New Works of Traditional Art Crafts
  • 1982
    Received the Incentive Award at the 9th Traditional Art Crafts Musashino Exhibition
  • 1990
    Received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner’s Award at the 4th Traditional Bamboo and Wood Exhibition
  • 1991
    Received the Incentive Award at the 38th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (work purchased by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
  • 1998
    Received the Incentive Award at the 38th Exhibition of New Works of Traditional Art Crafts
  • 2001
    Received the Incentive Award at the 41st Exhibition of New Works of Traditional Art Crafts