Kogei Dining


Kōgei Dining

The kōgei art of Japan has fashioned a world of works brimming with creativity that make the most of Nature through a variety of materials, artistic methods and perceptions. The desire to have as many people as possible experience the world of Kōgei works brought into being the Kōgei Dining program, with “kōgei and culinary experience” as its concept.
It is an opportunity for participants to familiarize themselves with kōgei by interacting with kōgei artists and actually using their works to enjoy a meal. In addition, there are works displayed at the venue with commentary provided by the artists themselves. These works are available for purchase so that even after the event participants will be able to have the pleasure of kōgei in their daily lives.

The second annual Kōgei Dining event is held under the direction of Tokugo Uchida (Director of MOA Museum of Art) and Kazumi Murose (urushi artist, holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property (Maki-e)). Please enjoy the collaboration between crafts and food that can only be experienced at this event.


内田 篤呉

Tokugo Uchida

Born in Tokyo in 1952, Uchida is a graduate of Keio University, with a doctorate in Aesthetics. He specializes in Japanese art history. He is currently Executive Director of MOA Museum of Art and Hakone Museum of Art. Prior to this appointment he served in a range of academic positions including visiting professor at Kyushu University, part-time instructor at Ochanomizu University Graduate School, Keio University, Tokyo University of the Arts, Musashino Art University and Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts. He has also been a member of the Council for Cultural Affairs of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and committee member for World Cultural Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage. Among his publications are Urushimono Chaki no Kenkyu (Study of Lacquerware Tea Ceremony Utensils) and Suzuribako no Bi ‒ Maki-e no Seika (Beauty of Inkstone Cases: the Essence of Maki-e), both published by Tankosha Publishing, and Korin Maki-e no Kenkyu (Study of Maki-e by Korin) published by Chuokoron Bijutsu Shuppan. He edited Korin ART ‒ Korin to Gendai Bijutsu (Korin ART ‒ Korin and Modern Art) published by Kadokawa Gakugei Shuppan Publishing.

室瀬 和美

Kazumi Murose

Urushi artist and designated a Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property for Maki-e, Murose graduated from the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts (Lacquer Art major). His works have won many awards,including the Governor of Tokyo Award at the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition, and are held in many collections including those of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo University of the Arts,Victoria and Albert Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, British Museum and others. In 2008 he received the designation of Living National Treasure, and the same year was awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon. Currently he serves as Deputy Managing Director of the Japan Kōgei Association. In addition to his creative activities, he also engages in cultural property preservation activities, and actively participates in exhibitions and lectures both in Japan and overseas in order to convey the beauty and splendor of Urushi.

Japan Cultural Expo


With its overall theme of “Humanity and Nature in Japan”, the Japan Cultural Expo is a project that enables participants to gain a sense for Japanese aesthetics from the Jomon Period to the present day through art exhibitions, performing arts productions, arts festivals and other events around the country throughout the year. A collaborative initiative between the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Japan Arts Council, linking with government ministries and agencies, national cultural institutions, local governments and private organizations, the aim of the Expo is to promote the art and culture proudly maintained in various regions so that their diverse yet universal appeal can be appreciated around Japan and abroad, to be passed on to the next generation and beyond to the future.



Japan's unique traditional craft arts, or kōgei, grew out of the close-knit spiritual sensibility and distinctive outlook on the living world born of existence in harmony with nature. One significant factor in this is the perspective on nature instilled throughout the long development of Japan's history and culture by the multiplicity of the country's natural environment, from the endlessly diverse landscape to the shifting seasons. This exhibition brings together examples of kōgei that showcase Japan's artistic culture to the world, with 82 stunning modern pieces created by 82 artists freely expressing their creative vision through a range of artistic techniques. Though based in long tradition, these works that reflect the connections between nature and beauty of form speak to the affection and awe in which the natural world is held by the Japanese people, while providing an expression of fresh perspectives on nature. The four sections of the exhibition, "Gold Gleams with Eternal Light, Silver Gleams with Grandeur," "Black Absorbs All Colors, White Reflects All Light," "The Red of Life, The Spirit of Nature," and "The Green of Forests and Mountains Is the Breath of Life," convey four broad themes. These evoke the splendor of nature expressed throughout Japan's long history, the primal blacks and whites found in the natural world, and the colors that adorn organic craft materials and the natural landscape, all symbolic of the living world.

Kōgei 2020 – The Art of Crafting Beauty from Nature

Period Monday, September 21-Sunday, November 15, 2020
Venues Hyokeikan, Tokyo National Museum
13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan
Hours 9:30-17:00
※Until 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
Closed Mondays expect September 21, September 23