Kogei Dining



Kōgei and Gastronomy

The "Kōgei Dining" program, held in conjunction with the Japan Cultural Expo project since FY 2019, is designed to offer a hands-on experience of Kōgei(crafts) artistry.

The underlying concept of the Japan Cultural Expo, "A Japanese view of nature," is reflected in everyday artistic endeavors like arts and as Kōgei(crafts), Japanese cuisine and traditional performing arts.
"Kōgei Dining" is a valuable opportunity for participants to appreciate, through the staging of an elaborate meal, the beauty that lies in the "practical use" of artworks that cannot be fully appreciated by simply observing them from afar. Our aim is to create an opportunity for participants to feel closer to the artworks by offering them the chance to interact with kōgei(craft)artists  who are supportive of this project’s concept. Additionally, besides appreciating the works exhibited at the venue with the help of commentary by the artists themselves, participants will also be able to purchase the works as an opportunity to continue enjoying kōgei (crafts) in their daily lives long after the end of this event.

For this year’s edition, the third, events are planned at two different venues, in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, and in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture.


静岡県熱海市 MOA美術館
| November 21 (Sun) to 25 (Thur) 2021, 9:30-17:00 |
| November 25 (Thur) 2021, 9:30-19:00 |

MOA Museum of Art, Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture

The MOA Museum of Art organizes gastronomical events as part of its promotion of Japanese culture and is home to traditional Japanese restaurant Hana-no-Chaya, Toshi Yoroizuka’s confectionery store and more. Each establishment actively incorporates organically grown ingredients to offer genuinely local Atami meals.
Look forward to a traditional kaiseki meal by Ryuji Yoshitomi and Toshiaki Miyazaki, respectively, the chef and vice chef of "Hana no Chaya", and a French dinner supervised by Toshihiko Yoroizuka, served in vessels made by Japan’s most iconic craft artists, including Living National Treasure Kazumi Murose. A traditional step performance by Living National Treasure Tamasaburo Bando is also scheduled.

  • ・Meal (dinner by Mr. Yoroizuka will only be served on the 25th)
  • ・Talks by Living National Treasures
  • ・Traditional step performance by Living National Treasure Tamasaburo Bando
  • ・Exhibition and sale of Kōgei(crafts)
  • ・Viewing of MOA Museum of Art’s "Collection of Tea Ceremony Tools" exhibition  and more

Exhibitors (in the order of the Japanese syllabary)
Makoto Saeda (ceramics) /Tatsuo Sato (urushi lacquerware) /Yasunori Sudo (urushi lacquerware)

福岡県福岡市 料亭 嵯峨野
| February 5 (Sat) 2022, 16:00-20:30 |

Restaurant Sagano , Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture(2 Michelin stars)

Opened in 1967, this restaurant is committed to preserving and propagating Japan’s restaurant culture, which encapsulates the essence of Japanese culture. Rather than simply providing meals, it creates opportunities to experience traditional Japanese arts by continuing and continues to use and cherish traditional traditional craft works. During meals, Japanese food will be served in vessels created by artists from the Kyushu region.

  • ・Exhibition and sale of Kōgei(crafts)
  • ・Talks by Living National Treasures
  • ・Meal and more

Exhibitors (in the order of the Japanese syllabary)
Sakaida Kakiemon XV (ceramics) /Imaemon Imaizumi (ceramics) /Hisaki Shomura (ceramics) /Shigeto Suzuta (dyeing and weavingtextiles ) /Hitomu Tsugane (ceramics) /Seigo Nakamura (ceramics) /Zenzo Fukushima (ceramics) /Raizan Yasunaga (ceramics) /Jin Watari (ceramics)