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Ryozo Kawagita

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Information

  • Categories
    Wood
  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
    Councilor, Ishikawa Prefectural Artistic and Cultural Association
  • Status
    Living National Treasure
    (Important Intangible Cultural Property:Wood crafts)

Career

  • 1935
    Born in Nakayama-onsen, Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture
  • 1950
    Studied lathe techniques under his father KAWAKITA Koichi
  • 1962
    Selected for the 9th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition on the first attempt. Selected 51 times to date
  • 1964
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 1965
    Award candidate at the 12th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1988
    Produced tea ceremony utensils using wood from the old sal tree planted by Sen no Rikyu that was preserved at the Juko-in of Daitokuji
  • 1990
    Produced the “Sacred Treasure Rokurobako” for the Shikinen Sengu Ceremony in Ise Jingu
  • 1993
    His work was offered as a gift to the Crown Prince by Ishikawa Prefecture
  • 1994
    Produced tea ceremony utensils using wood from old materials of the small chamber at Myoshinji, Kyoto
  • 1994
    Designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder
  • 1995
    Shirayama Hime Shrine “Shinboku, Keyakizukuri Jikiro” presented to the Ise Jingu Museum
  • 1996
    His work “Keyakizukuri Bon” at Futamata Honsenji in Kanazawa was purchased by Kanazawa City
  • 1997
    POLA Foundation for the Promotion of Traditional Japanese Culture
    Completed the “Bringing a Tree Back to Life – Kawakita Ryozo’s Woodwork Crafts”, a MEXT Special Selection Movie
  • 1998
    Produced the Heian Jingu Shrine “Kenko Kenchashiki Natsume Kinindai” at the Hanshin Department Store
  • 1999
    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 2004
    Published the “Living with Trees, Giving Life to Trees” in July
    Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon at the Autumn Conferment of Decorations
  • 2008
    Produced the “Sacred Treasure Rokurobako” for the Shikinen Sengu Ceremony in Ise Jingu
  • 2009
    Produced a memorial piece using old materials from the Mieido at Honganji
  • Judge at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Jury member at the Contemporary Art Exhibition
    Judge at the Japanese Traditional Bamboo and Wood Exhibition
    Jury member Japan Traditional Art Crafts Shikoku Branch Exhibition
    5 purchases by the Agency of Cultural Affairs
    4 purchases by the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
    Councillor at Japan Kogei Association
    Councillor at the Ishikawa Prefectural Artistic and Cultural Association
    Senior lecturer at the Ishikawa Prefectural Institute of Wajima Lacquer Arts
    Guest professor at the Kanazawa College of Art
    Part-time lecturer at Kanazawa University
    Chairman of the Yamanaka Lacquerware Lathe Techniques Preservation Society
    Chairman of the Kaga City Art Association
    Director of the Yamanaka Lathe Technique Training Center
    Ishikawa Lathe Technique Institute
    Designated as an Honorary Citizen (First) of the former Yamanaka Town (2003)

Award

  • 1966
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 13th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1967
    Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at the 14th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1978
    Received the Ishikawa Television Broadcasting Award and the 32nd Hokkoku Cultural Award
  • 1986
    Received the Ishikawa Television Broadcasting Award
  • 1987
    Received the Governor of Tokyo Prize (Grand Prize) at the Japan Flower and Tea Accessories Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 1991
    Received the Ishikawa Cultural Promotion Incentive Award
  • 1992
    Received a commendation from Yamanaka Town for Distinguished Service in Industry
  • 1995
    Received the Ishikawa Cultural Promotion Incentive Award
    Received the Chunichi Cultural Award
  • 1997
    Received the Minister of Foreign Affairs Award at the 41st Japan Introductory Movie Videos Competition
  • Received the Grand Prize at the Technical Award at the Contemporary Art Exhibition
  • Received the Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder’s Prize twice
  • Received the Japan Kogei Association Award twice at the Traditional Bamboo and Wood Exhibition