Living National Treasure Shosai Kitamura

  • Lacquerware
  • 1938 - 2023
Shosai Kitamura

Status Living National Treasure (Important Intangible Cultural Property for Mother-of-pearl inlay (Raden) )
  • 1938 Born in Nara City as the first son of lacquerware artist Daitsu Kitamura (real name: Kenichi)
  • 1960 Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Crafts, Urushi-Art Major
  • 1981 Solo Exhibition at Takashimaya, Osaka
  • 1994 Designated as Holder of Selected Techniques for Conservation (conservation of lacquerware)
  • 1998 Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
  • 1999 Designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) for Raden
  • 2003 Handcrafts Documentary Film by Agency for Cultural Affairs "Raden - The Art of Shosai Kitamura"
  • 2004 Raden - The Art of Living National Treasure Shosai Kitamura Exhibition at the Wajima Museum of Urushi Art
  • 2006 Shosai Kitamura - The Art of Lacquerware Exhibition at Nara National Museum
  • 2008 Received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette
  • 2009 The Geneology of Raden - Living National Treasure Shosai Kitamura Exhibition at Takashimaya, Osaka

  • 1980Received the Tokyo Governor Award at the 27th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1997Received the MEXT Award at the 44th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
  • 1998Received the Asahi Shimbun Award at the 45th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
11 artworks posted