Soho Katsushiro

In recent years, with the free use of weaving techniques KATSUSHIRO has created many flower baskets and container baskets. He does not accept any repeat orders for a particular piece, and spends six to twelve months creating each individual piece of work. He consistently seeks the motifs of his works in the northern part of Tochigi Prefecture, and uses locally-grown bamboos as materials.

Works

Information

  • Categories
    Wood
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • Status
    Living National Treasure

Career

  • 1934
    Born in Takabayashi Village, Nasu County, Tochigi Prefecture (Currently Minowa, Nasu-shiobara City) as the youngest of 8 children to MUROI Tatsuzo (father) and Hana (mother), and is named Ichiji
  • 1949
    Advised by his father to start studying bamboo works under KIKUCHI Yoshii upon graduating secondary school.
    Acquired bamboo work techniques over a period of approximately 6 years
  • 1955
    Started working independently as a basket maker
  • 1959
    Married KATSUSHIRO Harue, and changed his family name to KATSUSHIRO
  • 1956
    Studied for 2 years under bamboo craftsman YAGISAWA Keizo at his studio
  • 1967
    Selected for the 7th Japanese Traditional Art Crafts New Works Exhibition for the first time at the first attempt
    Submitted to every Japanese Traditional Art Crafts New Works Exhibition to date
  • 1986
    Switches career from bamboo works to bamboo crafts
    Granted the name of Soho from YAGISAWA Keizo. Studied under Tochigi Bamboo Crafts Instructor and bamboo craftsman SAITO Bunseki for 5 years
    Selected for the 15th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition. Submitted to every Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition to date
  • 1972
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1984
    Specially invited to submit at the “30 Years of Modern Japanese Traditional Crafts” Exhibition (Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition)
  • 1985
    Specially invited to submit one of his works at the Modern Bamboo Craft Exhibition hosted by the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, which was later collected by the museum
  • 1989
    Solo exhibition at the Takabayashi Community Center, Koroiso City. The KATSUSHIRO Ichiji fan club is founded
  • 1989
    An assistant to IIZUKA Shokansai (the Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder of “Bamboo Crafts”) at the successor training course
  • 1995
    Solo exhibition at Nasunogahara Harmony Hall Gallery 2
    Judge at the 10th National Cultural Festival Tochigi (Bamboo crafts category)
  • 1998
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 2003
    Submitted 2 works to the Bamboo Masterworks:Japanese Baskets from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection
  • 2005
    Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder of “Bamboo Crafts” (Living National Treasure)
    Appointed to participate in the management of the Japan Kogei Association
    Nominated as an Honorary Citizen of Otawara City
    Received commendation from Tochigi Prefecture for Distinguished Service in Culture
  • 2006
    Submitted 2 works to the 50th Anniversary of Living National Treasures Exhibition
    Submitted to the 53rd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition. Also acted as judge
    Submitted 7 works to the Creation of Bamboo Exhibition hosted by the Nasunogahara Museum
    Held the Works of the Living National Treasure Katsushiro Soho Exhibition, hosted by the Nasunogahara Cultural Promotion Foundation
  • 2012
    5th Otawara Museum Second Nature “Expression of Katsushiro Soho”
    Held:Otawara City
  • 2012
    Submitted to the JAPAN NEXT EXHIBITION of Fine Arts
    Hosted:Intellectural Property Strategy Headquarters, the Cabinet Secretariat (Paris and New York)
  • 2013
    Bamboo work –Art of Katsushiro Soho-
    Planning/Agency for Cultural Affairs. Production:Mainichi Productions

Award

  • 1983
    Received the Governor of Tokyo Prize and the Excellence Award at the 30th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1966
    Received the Art Festival Award at the Tochigi Art Festival
  • 1971
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 11th Japanese Traditional Art Crafts New Works Exhibition
  • 1983
    Received the Governor of Tokyo Prize at the 30th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1997
    Received the President of NHK Prize at the 44th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition