photo Hozan Nagura

Hozan Nagura

As stone materials I use kimpo-seki, engan-seki, and homei-seki, collected around Kadoya, and the suzuri (ink stone) made of these three types of stone are called “Horaiji Suzuri.” 

Not only do I want to improve and cultivate the techniques handed down by my predecessors, and pass them on to the next generation, but I also want to develop suzuri from a simple calligraphy utensil to a work of art as a “vessel imbued with heart” that expresses the spirit and aesthetic sense of the Japanese people. I do not want to just follow a Chinese style, rather I aim to elevate the value of suzuri toward a new cultural and artistic domain of Japanese style; with this hope, I carry out my day-to-day production.

Work

Detail

  • Category
    OTHERWORK
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
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Carrer

  • 1953
    Born in Horai Town (presently Shinshiro City), Aichi Prefecture, as the eldest son of the 4th generation NAGURA Hozan (Masayasu)
  • 1972
    Graduated from the Art Course at the Aichi Prefectural Asahigaoka High School
  • 1977
    Graduated from the Department of Sculpture at the Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 1980
    Selected for the Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (Selected several times to date)
  • 1981
    Selected for the 28th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (Selected several times to date)
  • 1982
    Seto Craft Association Group Exhibition (Nagoya Mitsukoshi)
  • 1983
    Selected for the Japan Traditional Art Crafts 7th Section Exhibition (Selected several times to date)
  • 1988
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1992
    Parent-child exhibition (Nagoya Maruei, Toyohashi Maruei)
  • 1997
    Solo exhibition (Gifu Takashimaya)
    Solo exhibition (Nagoya Maruei)
    Group exhibition (Shinjuku Keio)
  • 1999
    Jury member at the Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Solo exhibition (Nagoya Maruei)
  • 2000
    Agency for Cultural Affairs’ art appreciation activities for children (Art crafts lecturer)
  • 2001
    Jury member at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts 7th Section Exhibition
    Solo exhibition (Nagoya Maruei)
    Inkstone Exhibition (Kasugai City Tofu Memorial Museum)
  • 2002
    Solo exhibition (Gifu Takashimaya)
    Inkstone Exhibition (Sanshu Asuke Yashiki Handicrafts Center)
    Sino-Japanese Inkstone Works Exchange Exhibition (Beijing)
  • 2003
    Succeeded as 5th generation Hozan
    Solo exhibition (Nagoya Maruei, Toyohashi Maruei)
  • 2004
    Judge at the 51st Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Inkstone Exhibition (Gallery Kikyu)
    Submitted to the Nagoya Bijutsu Club 100th Anniversary Exhibition
  • 2005
    Group exhibition (CBC Gallery)
  • 2006
    Solo exhibition (Nagoya Maruei, Horaikan)
  • 2008
    Judge at the 55th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Solo exhibition (Nagoya Maruei, Horaikan)
  • 2010
    Designated as an Intangible Cultural Property by the city
    Exhibition (G-WING’S Gallery Kanazawa)
  • 2011
    “The Beginning of Inkstone” (Ichinomiya City Museum)
  • 2012
    Solo exhibition (JR Nagoya Takashimaya, Osaka Takashimaya)
  • Designated as an Intangible Cultural Property Holder by the city
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Executive Secretary at the Japan Kogei Association Tokai Branch
    Secretary at the Japan Kogei Association Miscellaneous Crafts Section
    CBC Club member
    Part-time lecturer at the Nagoya Zokei University of Art & Design

Prize

  • 1990
    Received the Governor of Aichi Award at the 21st Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1991
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 7th Japan Traditional Art Crafts 7th Section Exhibition
  • 1995
    Received the Mayor of Nagoya Award at the 26th Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1996
    Received the Chunichi Award at the 27th Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1997
    Received the Incentive Award (Gifu Takashimaya Award) at the 28th Tokai Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Incentive Award at the 44th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition (The exhibited work was purchased by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
  • 1999
    Received the 21st City Cultural Incentive Award
  • 2003
    Received the Cultural Award at the Aichi Arts and Culture Commendations
  • 2007
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 21st Traditional Art Crafts Miscellaneous Crafts Exhibition
  • 2013
    Received the District Award at the POLA Traditional Culture Awards
    Received the Incentive Award at the 60th Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition