photo Takashi Tsuji

Takashi Tsuji

I was born and raised in a family of makie lacquerers; that is three generations from my great-grandfather. This is quite rare in Kagawa Prefecture, and naturally, I took up the path of urushi art in high school and junior college. My father was the most pleased with my progress, and after he died from an illness, I continued my studies under urushi artist OTA Hitoshi, and learned the technique of rantai kinma (incised and color-filled decoration on a woven bamboo core).
While learning, I came to realize my life’s vocation is to create my own style, a fusion of my father’s colored maki-e and the master OTA’s rantai techniques.


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    Full member, Japan Kogei Association
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  • 1973
    : Born in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture as the second son of Urushi artist TSUJI Shoji
  • 1993
    Graduated from the Urushi Art Course at the Kagawa Prefectural Takamatsu-Kougei High Schoo
  • 1995
    Graduated from the Industrial Crafts Course at the Takaoka National College
  • 1997
    Studied under OTA Hitoshi, Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder of “Kinma”
  • 1998
    Completed the Researcher Course at the Urushi Lacquer Ware Institute


  • 2007
    Received the Kagawa Prefectural Board of Education Award at the 72nd Kagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition
  • 2008
    Received the 25th Otomaru Urushi Research Incentive Fund
  • 2010
    Received the 2009 Kagawa Arts and Culture Best New Artists Award
  • 2011
    Received the “My Favorite Work” Award at the 76th Kagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition
  • 2012
    Received the Sanuki Municipal Board of Education Award at the 77th Kagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition
  • 2013
    Received the NHK Takamatsu Broadcasting Award at the 56th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Shikoku Branch Exhibition