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ANDO Tadao

Born in Osaka in 1941. Self-educated in architecture. Established Tadao AndoArchitect & Associates in 1969. Won many important prizes including the Annual Prize of the Architectural Institute of Japan in 1979 with the “Row House in Sumiyoshi”, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, the Gold Medal of the Union Internationale des Architectes in 2005. Received the Order of Culture in 2010. Appointed Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2013 by the French Government. Invited by the Yale University, the Colombia University and the Harvard University as Visiting Professor. Currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo (2003-).

IKEDA Manabu

Born in Saga. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts. Obtained MFA in design.
Recipient of the Emerging Artist Overseas Study Grand of the Agency for Cultural Affairs and stayed in Vancouver, Canada.
Held solo exhibitions among which the “IKEDA Manabu The Pen -Condensed Universe-” is travelling in Japan now. Invited to many national/international group exhibitions such as the “Great New Wave: Contemporary Art from Japan” group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada. Has his works collected in Mori Art Museum, Chazen Museum of Art (USA). Currently, resident of Madison, Wisconsin, USA.


Born in Nara, 1943. Completed the graduate school of Tokyo University of the Arts. Entered to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and studied fresco painting techniques. Selected as a trainee for 1977 Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists. Selected as one of the official poster artists of Nagano Winter Olympics Game. Established Koji Kinutani Prize sponsored by Mainichi Dokuritsu Prize. Won Ohashi Prize and Dokuritsu Prize in 1966, Yasui Prize in 1974 and Japan Art Academy Prize in 2001. Person of Cultural Merit. Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University of the Arts. Member of the Japan Art Academy and the Dokuritsu Art Association.

OHI Chozaemon XI

Born in Ishikawa,1958. Succeeded to the name of OHI Chozaemon XI in 2016. Obtained MFA from Boston University. Entered the Buddhist priesthood at Gesshin-ji Temple in Kanazawa. Received the tea ceremony master name by SEN Soshitsu XVI of Urasenke. Held many solo exhibitions including the Exhibition to Commemorate Succession to the name of OHI Chozaemon XI, was/ being invited to many invitational exhibitions in Japan and abroad. Won as ceramic artist many prizes including the Prime Minister of Japan Prize at Japan Contemporary Craft Exhibition, Special Prizes in Nitten Exhibitions. Is also active in the fields of interior design such as the design of Kagaya restaurant of Ginza. Won prizes in interior design including the Good Interior Design Prize of Ishikawa. His ceramic arts are collected to some of the renown museums/foundations of the world such as the LA County Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, David Rockefeller Office in NY, the Inner Kagura Hall of the Ise Grand Shrine, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary
Art of Kanazawa, Japan Foundation, Urasenke Chado Center in Kyoto and Sogetsu Hall. Currently Visiting Associate Professor in the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), Tainan National College of the Arts (Taiwan) and Kanazawa University. Advisory Member of the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Member of International Academy of Ceramic Arts. Member/Judge of Nitten. Executive Director/Judge of the Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Association.

Hiroshi SENJU

Born in Tokyo, 1958.
Obtained BFA and MFA from the Tokyo University of Arts. Withdrew from the doctoral program after fulfilling the credit requirements at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts. Received Honorable Mention at 46th La Biennale di Venezia. His works are installed and collected by institutions/ museums such as Shofuso, Philadelphia, USA, Daitokuji Jukoin Temple, Yakushiji Temple and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, USA. Former President of Kyoto University of Art & Design. Presently Professor in Kyoto University of Art & Design.


Born in Nagano, 1984. Graduated from Joshi College of Art and Design. Donated Shin-Fudoki to Izumo Grand Shrine and is permanently exhibited at Shinkoden. Collaborating with Kazuyuki Ishihara, she created Komainu and participated to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Her work won Gold Medal and is collected in the British Museum. A documentary TV program “Jonetsu Tairiku” featured Komatsu’s art creation. Her latest work will be collected and exhibited in WTC, NY. She is also an expert in naginata.


Born in Shimane, 1931. Obtained BFA and MFA in Sculpture Course of Tokyo University of Arts. Former President of Tokyo University of Arts. Studied under Denchu HIRAKUSHI. Engaged in supervising the design of Tokyo Sky Tree. Created numerous environmental sculptures such as the Tower of Wind Tower of Tokyo Bay Aqua Line or Yaesu GranRoof of Tokyo Station. Presently Professor Emeritus and Advisor of Tokyo University of Arts. Member of the Japan Art Academy. Person of Cultural Merit.


Born in Yamagata, 1933. Graduated from Tokyo Junior College of Photography. Directed and produced short film “Navel and the A-Bomb”. Produced many important works such as Man and Woman, Ordeal by Roses and Kamaitachi. Received numerous awards including the 150th Anniversary Special Medal from Royal Photographic Society (UK). Became the first Japanese to receive the Lucie Awards. Honored with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. Person of Cultural Merit. Professor Emeritus at Tokyo Polytechnic University.

Yoshiyasu TAMURA

Born in Gunma, 1977. Graduated from Gunma University, Faculty of Education. Started drawing manga series Fudegami on Monthly Shonen Jump from 2003. At the same time, began career as painter inspired by Western style. After having his work exhibited at “Nihonga ZERO”, exhibition under supervision of Takashi MURAKAMI, started exhibiting at numerous overseas art fairs. Held solo exhibition at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence, Italy. Collaborated with London fashion brand McQ Alexander McQueen for women autumn /winter collection 2014.


Born in Osaka. Studied under Masao HARA. Debuted collection in Tokyo in 1977 to now and in Paris from 1982-1992 and 2009-2010. Became the first Japanese designer to join Alta Moda, Rome. Start exhibiting artworks in Japan and overseas.
Opened KH GALLERY in Ginza and in Ashiya, Kobe.