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Shuji Nakagawa

Hira, Shiga Prefecture Japan
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Shuji Nakagawa

Shuji Nakagawa is a traditional craftsman of Japanese woodwork and a contemporary artist. In Shiga, on the shores of Lake Biwa, he runs one of two ‘Nakagawa Mokkougei‘ studios in Japan. As much a woodworker as an artist, Shuji’s works appear in permanent museum collections across the world. His studio represents the tradition of Kyoto woodcrafting where time honored skills are passed from Father to Son. The company prides itself on its wooden buckets (kioke), which are handcrafted using a technique developed 700 years ago. During the Edo period, households used kioke for bathing rituals and for storing rice and miso. Today, these buckets are still as relevant as ever and used for a variety of purposes, such as champagne coolers, bathtubs and as beautiful objects for everyday life. Shuji is the third generation of woodwork in his family and studied under his father. 

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Current Courses Offered by Shuji Nakagawa

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Japanese Woodworking Introduction

This one-day course offers a unique opportunity to spend time with Shuji Nakagawa, a third…
Fri, Sep 20th, 2024
Instructor: Shuji Nakagawa
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Kioke: Japanese Coopered Vessels with Shuji Nakagawa

Kioke are Japanese coopered vessels dating back several thousand years. Historically they were used…
Fri, Sep 13th, 2024  –  Wed, Sep 18th, 2024
9am-5pm each day
Instructor: Shuji Nakagawa
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