photo Mitsuhiko Okura

Mitsuhiko Okura

Upon returning to the Shinshu region, I was moved again by such natural phenomena as sounds, light, scents, or heat, and all of them inspired my creative urge, and became the themes and motifs of my works. I aim to make pieces that allow me to express their subtle expressions. In addition, I would like to carefully maintain the mochinori itome (rice resist paste) technique, which is essential to the Yuzen dyeing style developed in the Edo period.



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  • Honors and Affiliation
    Full member, Japan Kogei Association


  • 1953
    Born in Iida City, Nagano Prefecture
  • 1976
    Graduated from the Yuzen Dyeing Course at the Otsuka Textile Design Institute
    Studied under YAMADA Mitsugi
  • 1980
    Contemporary Textiles 20-men Exhibition
  • 1989
    Selected for the 36th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition for the first time
  • 1990
    Participated in the restoration of the “Shiroasaji Shunjubugaku-moyo Katabira” (stored at the Tokyo National Museum) by the Japan Arts Council Fund(-1995)
  • 1997
    Left his master YAMADA Mitsugi (Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder) and beame independent. Started his studio in Iida City
  • 2004
    2 Yuzen Kimonos stored at the Silk Museum, Yokohama
  • 2005
    “The Beauty of Yuzen” 6-men Exhibition in Nagano (Kitano Cultural Center, Kitano Museum of Art)
  • 2013
    “The Beautiful Japanese Silk Yuzen” 10-man Exhibition at the Silk Museum, Yokohama
  • 2014
    2-men exhibition in April
    Solo exhibition in June
  • Others
    Group exhibitions at Nagoya Matsuzakaya, Nagano Tokyu, Matsumoto Inoue, and the Kantenpapa Hall


  • 1977
    Received the Incentive Award at the 2nd National New Textile Artists Exhibition