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 2.0


Based on the basic concept of “The Beauty and The Spirit of Japan,” the Japan Cultural Expo 2.0 is an initiative to share the attractions of Japanese culture and art both in Japan and abroad through museums, art galleries, theaters, and art festivals throughout the country.