List of Living National Treasures of Japan (crafts)

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This list of Living National Treasures of Japan (crafts) contains all the individuals and groups certified as Living National Treasures by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of the government of Japan in the category of the crafts (工芸技術 Kōgei Gijutsu?).

Crafts are divided into 8 categories: pottery, textiles, lacquerware, metalworking, dollmaking, woodworking, papermaking, and other. The categories are subdivided into a number of more specific subcategories.

Those working in crafts are eligible for recognition either individually (Individual Certification) or as part of a group (Preservation Group Certification).

List of current designated individuals (crafts)[edit]

Pottery[edit]

Name Born Category Subcategory Year Designated
Kiyoshi Hara (原清?) 1936 Pottery Tetsugusuri 2005
Osamu Suzuki (鈴木藏?) 1934 Pottery Shino-yaki 1994
Jun Isezaki (伊勢崎淳?) 1936 Pottery Bizen-yaki 2004
Manji Inoue (井上万二?) 1929 Pottery Hakuji 1995
Akihiro Maeta (前田昭博?) 1954 Pottery Hakuji 2013
Hiroshi Nakashima (中島宏?) 1941 Pottery Seiji 2007
Yasokichi Tokuda III (三代徳田八十?) 1933 Pottery Saiyū 1997
Minori Yoshita (吉田美統?) 1932 Pottery Yūrikinsai 2001
Sekisui Itō V (五代伊藤赤水?) 1941 Pottery Mumyōi-yaki 2003
Kōzō Katō (加藤幸造?) 1935 Pottery Setoguro 2010

Textiles[edit]

Name Born Category Subcategory Year Designated
Toshiko Taira (平良敏子?) 1921 Textiles Bashōfu 1974
Yasutaka Komiya (小宮康孝?) 1925 Textiles Edo Komon 1978
Hiroshi Tajima (田島比呂子?) 1922 Textiles Yuzen 2000
Kunihiko Moriguchi (森口邦彦?) 1941 Textiles Yuzen 2007
Osao Futatsuka (二塚長生?) 1946 Textiles Yuzen 2010
Takeshi Kitamura (北村武資?) 1935 Textiles Ra 2000
Yoshio Kouda (甲田綏郎?) 1929 Textiles Seigō Sendaihira 2002
Hyōji Kitagawa (喜多川俵二?) 1936 Textiles Yūsoku Orimono 1999
Kisaburō Ogawa (小川規三郎?) 1936 Textiles Kenjō Hakata-ori 2003
Fukumi Shimura (志村ふくみ?) 1924 Textiles Tsumugi-ori 1990
Sonoko Sasaki (佐々木苑子?) 1939 Textiles Tsumugi-ori 2005
Fumi Koga (古賀フミ?) 1927 Textiles Saga Nishiki 1994
Yūkō Tamanaha (玉那覇有公?) 1936 Textiles Bingata 1996
Kijū Fukuda (福田喜重?) 1932 Textiles Shishū 1997
Hatsuko Miyahira (宮平初子?) 1922 Textiles Shuri no Orimono 1998
Takeshi Kitamura (北村武資?) 1935 Textiles Tate Nishiki 2000
Shigeto Suzuta (鈴田滋人?) 1954 Textiles Mokuhan Zurisarasa 2008
Yoshinori Tsuchiya (土屋順紀?) 1954 Textiles Monsha 2010

Lacquerware[edit]

Name Born Category Subcategory Year Designated
Kazumi Murose (室瀬和美 ?) 1950 Lacquerware Maki-e 2008
Kōichi Nakano (中野孝一 ?) 1947 Lacquerware Maki-e 2010
Fumio Mae (前史雄 ?) 1940 Lacquerware Chinkin 1999
Masami Isoi (磯井正美?) 1926 Lacquerware Kinma 1985
Hitoshi Ōta (太田儔?) 1931 Lacquerware Kinma 1994
Yoshito Yamashita (山下義人?) 1951 Lacquerware Kinma 2013
Isao Ōnishi (大西勲?) 1944 Lacquerware Kyūshitsu 2002
Kunie Komori (小森邦衞?) 1945 Lacquerware Kyūshitsu 2006
Kiichirō Masumura (増村紀一郎?) 1941 Lacquerware Kyūshitsu 2008
Shōsai Kitamura (北村昭斎 ?) 1938 Lacquerware Raden 1999

Metalworking[edit]

Name Born Category Subcategory Year Designated
Iraku Uozumi III (三代魚住為楽?) 1937 Metalworking Dora 2002
Mamoru Nakagawa (中川衛?) 1947 Metalworking Chōkin 2004
Morihito Katsura (桂盛仁?) 1944 Metalworking Chōkin 2008
Akira Saitō (斎藤明?) 1920 Metalworking Chūkin 1993
Kōmin Ōzawa (大澤光民?) 1941 Metalworking Chūkin 2005
Hōseki Okuyama (奥山峰石?) 1937 Metalworking Hammering 1995
Toshichika Taguchi (田口寿恒?) 1940 Metalworking Hammering 2006
Norio Tamagawa (玉川宣夫?) 1942 Metalworking Hammering 2010
Akitsugu Amata (天田昭次?) 1927 Metalworking Swordmaking (Nihonto) 1997
Toshihira Ōsumi (大隅俊平?) 1932 Metalworking Swordmaking (Nihonto) 1997

Dollmaking[edit]

Name Born Category Subcategory Year Designated
Nobuko Akiyama (秋山信子?) 1928 Dollmaking Ishō Ningyō 1996
Komao Hayashi (林駒夫?) 1936 Dollmaking Tōsa 2002

Woodworking[edit]

Name Born Category Subcategory Year Designated
Sōhō Katsushiro (勝城蒼鳳?) 1934 Woodworking Bamboo 2005
Noboru Fujinuma (藤沼昇?) 1945 Woodworking Bamboo 2012
Ryōzō Kawagita (川北良造?) 1934 Woodworking Wood 1994
Hiromichi Ōsaka (大坂弘道?) 1937 Woodworking Wood 1997
Kiyotsugu Nakagawa (中川清司?) 1942 Woodworking Wood 2001
Akira Kitayama (村山明?) 1944 Woodworking Wood 2003
Tatsuo Haisoto (灰外達夫?) 1941 Woodworking Wood 2012

Papermaking[edit]

Name Born Category Subcategory Year Designated
Ichibee Iwano IX (九代岩野市兵衛?) 1933 Papermaking Echizen Hōsho 2000
Sajio Hamada (浜田幸雄?) 1931 Papermaking Tosa Tengujō-shi 2001
Takenobu Tanino (谷野剛惟?) 1935 Papermaking Najioganbi-shi 2002

List of past designated individuals (crafts)[edit]

Pottery[edit]

Name Born Died Category Subcategory Year Designated
Kenkichi Tomimoto (富本憲吉?) 1886 1963 Pottery Iroe 1955
Hajime Katō (加藤土師萌?) 1900 1968 Pottery Iroe 1961
Yoshimichi Fujimoto (藤本能道?) 1919 1992 Pottery Iroe 1986
Imaemon Imaizumi XIII (今泉今右衛門(13代)?) 1926 2001 Pottery Iroe 1989
Kakiemon Sakaida XIV (酒井田柿右衛門(14代)?) 1934 2013 Pottery Iroe 2001
Munemaro Ishiguro (石黒宗麿?) 1893 1968 Pottery Tetsugusuri 1955
Uichi Shimizu (清水卯一?) 1926 2004 Pottery Tetsugusuri 1985
Shōji Hamada (浜田庄司?) 1894 1978 Pottery Mashiko-yaki 1955
Toyozō Arakawa (荒川豊蔵?) 1894 1985 Pottery Shino-yaki 1955
Toyozō Arakawa (荒川豊蔵?) 1894 1985 Pottery Setoguro 1955
Kyūwa Miwa (三輪休和?) 1896 1981 Pottery Hagi-yaki 1970
Jusetsu Miwa (三輪壽雪?) 1910 2012 Pottery Hagi-yaki 1983
Tōyō Kaneshige (金重陶陽?) 1896 1967 Pottery Bizen-yaki 1956
Kei Fujiwara (藤原啓?) 1899 1983 Pottery Bizen-yaki 1970
Tōshū Yamamoto (山本陶秀?) 1906 1994 Pottery Bizen-yaki 1987
Yū Fujiwara (藤原雄?) 1932 2001 Pottery Bizen-yaki 1996
Muan Nakazato (中里無庵?) 1895 1985 Pottery Karatsu-yaki 1976
Yūzō Kondo (近藤悠三?) 1902 1985 Pottery Sometsuke 1985
Kaiji Tsukamoto (塚本快示?) 1912 1990 Pottery Seihakuji 1983
Jirō Kinjō (金城次郎?) 1912 2004 Pottery Ryukyuan Pottery 1985
Kōichi Tamura (田村耕一?) 1918 1987 Pottery Tetsue 1986
Sōsei Matsui (松井康成?) 1927 2003 Pottery Neriage 1993
Takuo Katō (加藤卓男?) 1917 2005 Pottery Sansai 1995
Tatsuzō Shimaoka (島岡達三?) 1919 2007 Pottery Folk Pottery (Jōmon) 1996
Koheiji Miura (三浦小平二?) 1933 2006 Pottery Seiji 1997
Jōzan Yamada III (三代山田常山?) 1924 2005 Pottery Tokoname-yaki 1998

Textiles[edit]

Name Born Died Category Subcategory Year Designated
Kōsuke Komiya (小宮康助?) 1882 1961 Textiles Edo Komon 1955
Sadakichi Matsubara (松原定吉?) 1893 1955 Textiles Nagaita Chūgata 1955
Kōtarō Shimizu (清水幸太郎?) 1897 1988 Textiles Nagaita Chūgata 1955
Kihachi Tabata III (田畑喜八?) 1877 1956 Textiles Yuzen 1955
Uzan Kimura (木村雨山?) 1891 1977 Textiles Yuzen 1955
Katsuma Nakamura (中村勝馬?) 1894 1982 Textiles Yuzen 1955
Tameji Ueno (上野為二?) 1901 1960 Textiles Yuzen 1955
Kakō Moriguchi (森口華弘?) 1909 2008 Textiles Yuzen 1967
Mitsugi Yamada (山田貢?) 1912 2002 Textiles Yuzen 1984
Tokio Hata (羽田登喜男?) 1911 2008 Textiles Yuzen 1988
Eiichi Yamada (山田栄一?) 1900 1956 Textiles Yuzen Yōjinori 1955
Ayano Chiba (千葉あやの?) 1889 1980 Textiles Shōaizome 1955
Keisuke Serizawa (芹沢銈介?) 1895 1984 Textiles Kataezome 1956
Toshijirō Inagaki (稲垣稔次郎?) 1902 1963 Textiles Kataezome 1962
Yoshitarō Kamakura (鎌倉芳太郎?) 1898 1983 Textiles Kataezome 1973
Heirō Kitagawa (喜多川平朗?) 1898 1988 Textiles Ra 1960
Eisuke Kōda (甲田栄佑?) 1902 1970 Textiles Seigō Sendaihira 1956
Jūsuke Fukami (深見重助?) 1885 1974 Textiles Karagumi 1956
Heirō Kitagawa (喜多川平朗?) 1898 1988 Textiles Yūsoku Orimono 1960
Zensaburō Ogawa (小川善三郎?) 1900 1983 Textiles Kenjō Hakata-ori
Rikizō Munehiro (宗広力三?) 1914 1989 Textiles Tsumugishima-ori (Kasuri-ori) 1983
Kagaku Hosomi (細見華岳?) 1922 2012 Textiles Tsuzure-ori 1997
Sada Yonamine (与那嶺貞?) 1909 2003 Textiles Yomitanzan Hana-ori 1989
Yoshimatu Nanbu (南部芳松?) 1894 1976 Textiles Ise Paper Stencil (Tsuki-bori) 1955
Baiken Rokutani (六谷梅軒?) 1907 1973 Textiles Ise Paper Stencil (Kiri-bori) 1955
Hidekichi Nakajima (中島秀吉?) 1883 1968 Textiles Ise Paper Stencil (Dōgu-bori) 1955
Yūjirō Nakamura (中村勇二郎?) 1902 1985 Textiles Ise Paper Stencil (Dōgu-bori) 1955
Hiroshi Kodama (児玉博?) 1909 1992 Textiles Ise Paper Stencil (Shima-bori) 1955
Mie Jōnoguchi (城ノ口みゑ?) 1917 2003 Textiles Ise Paper Stencil (Ito-ire) 1955

Lacquerware[edit]

Name Born Died Category Subcategory Year Designated
Shōzan Takano (高野松山?) 1889 1976 Lacquerware Maki-e 1955
Gonroku Matsuda (松田権六?) 1896 1986 Lacquerware Maki-e 1955
Naoji Terai (寺井直次?) 1912 1998 Lacquerware Maki-e 1985
Yoshikuni Taguchi (田口善国 ?) 1923 1998 Lacquerware Maki-e 1989
Shōgyo Ōba (大場松魚?) 1916 2012 Lacquerware Maki-e 1982
(音丸耕堂?) 1898 1997 Lacquerware Chōshitsu 1955
Taihō Mae (前大峰?) 1890 1977 Lacquerware Chinkin 1955
Joshin Isoi (磯井如真?) 1883 1964 Lacquerware Kinma 1956
Yūsai Akaji (赤地友哉?) 1906 1984 Lacquerware Kyūshitsu 1974
Mashiki Masumura (増村益城?) 1910 1996 Lacquerware Kyūshitsu 1978
Keishirō Shioda (塩多慶四郎?) 1926 2006 Lacquerware Kyūshitsu 1995

Metalworking[edit]

Name Born Died Category Subcategory Year Designated
Iraku Uozumi III (魚住為楽?) 1884 1956 Metalworking Dora 1955
Kiyoshi Unno (海野清?) 1884 1956 Metalworking Chōkin 1955
Shirō Naitō (内藤四郎?) 1907 1988 Metalworking Chōkin 1978
Ikkoku Kashima (鹿島一谷?) 1898 1996 Metalworking Chōkin 1979
Eiichi Kanamori (金森映井智?) 1908 2001 Metalworking Chōkin 1989
Shunmei Kamoshita (鴨下春明?) 1915 2001 Metalworking Chōkin 1999
Mitsuo Masuda (増田三男?) 1909 2009 Metalworking Chōkin 1991
Shōdō Sasaki (佐々木象堂?) 1882 1961 Metalworking Rōgata Chūzō 1960
Tetsushi Nagano (長野垤志?) 1900 1977 Metalworking Cha no Yugama 1963
Ikkei Kakutani (角谷一圭?) 1904 1999 Metalworking Cha no Yugama 1984
Keiten Takahashi (高橋敬典?) 1920 2009 Metalworking Cha no Yugama 1996
Toyochika Takamura (高村豊周?) 1890 1972 Metalworking Chūkin 1964
Mitsumasa Yonemitsu (米光光正?) 1888 1980 Metalworking Bigo Zōgan 1965
Masahito Katori (香取正彦?) 1899 1988 Metalworking Bonshō 1977
Shirō Sekiya (関谷四郎?) 1907 1994 Metalworking Hammering 1977
Sadatsugu Takahashi (高橋貞次?) 1902 1968 Metalworking Swordmaking (Nihonto) 1955
Yukihira Miyairi (宮入行平?) 1913 1977 Metalworking Swordmaking (Nihonto) 1963
Sadaichi Gassan (月山貞一?) 1907 1995 Metalworking Swordmaking (Nihonto) 1971
Masamine Sumitani (隅谷正峯?) 1921 1998 Metalworking Swordmaking (Nihonto) 1981
Nisshū Honami (本阿彌日洲?) 1908 1996 Metalworking Swordmaking (Finishing) 1975
Kōkei Ono (小野光敬?) 1913 1994 Metalworking Swordmaking (Finishing) 1975
Matsuo Fujishiro (藤代松雄?) 1914 2004 Metalworking Swordmaking (Finishing) 1996
Kōkan Nagayama (永山光幹?) 1920 2010 Metalworking Swordmaking (Finishing) 1998

Dollmaking[edit]

Name Born Died Category Subcategory Year Designated
Ryūjo Hori (堀柳女?) 1897 1984 Dollmaking Ishō Ningyō 1955
Gōyō Hirata (平田郷陽?) 1903 1981 Dollmaking Ishō Ningyō 1955
Sonoo Noguchi (野口園生?) 1907 1996 Dollmaking Ishō Ningyō 1986
Juzō Kagoshima (鹿児島寿蔵 ?) 1898 1982 Dollmaking Shiso 1961
Toshiko Ichihashi (市橋とし子?) 1907 2000 Dollmaking Tōsa 1989

Woodworking[edit]

Name Born Died Category Subcategory Year Designated
Shōunsai Shōno (生野祥雲斎?) 1904 1974 Woodworking Bamboo 1967
Shōkansai Iizuka (飯塚小玕斎?) 1919 2004 Woodworking Bamboo 1983
Chikubōsai Maeda II (二代前田竹房斎?) 1917 2003 Woodworking Bamboo 1995
Shōkosai Hayakawa V (五世早川尚古斎?) 1932 2011 Woodworking Bamboo 2003
Tatsuaki Kuroda (黒田辰秋?) 1904 1982 Woodworking Wood 1970
Kōdō Himi (氷見晃堂?) 1906 1975 Woodworking Wood 1970
Shōwasai Ōno (大野昭和斎?) 1912 1996 Woodworking Wood 1984
Zuishin Nakadai (中台瑞真?) 1912 2002 Woodworking Wood 1984
Issei Akiyama (秋山逸生?) 1901 1988 Woodworking Inlaying 1987

Other[edit]

Name Born Died Category Subcategory Year Designated
Baitei Saita (斎田梅亭?) 1900 1981 Other Kirikane 1981
Daizō Nishide (西出大三?) 1913 1995 Other Kirikane 1985
Sayoko Eri (江里佐代子?) 1945 2007 Other Kirikane 2002
Fumiyuki Yoshida (吉田文之?) 1915 2004 Other Bachiru 1985

Papermaking[edit]

Name Born Died Category Subcategory Year Designated
Ichibee Iwano VIII (八代岩野市兵衛?) 1901 1976 Papermaking Echizen Hōsho 1968
Eishirō Abe (安部栄四郎?) 1902 1984 Papermaking Ganpi-shi 1968

List of Designated Groups (Crafts)[edit]

Group Name Category Subcategory Year Designated
Kakiemon Pottery Technique Preservation Society (柿右衛門製陶技術保存会 Kakiemonsei Tōgijutsu Hozonkai?) Pottery Kakiemon 1976
Onta-yaki Technique Preservation Society (小鹿田焼技術保存会 Ontayaki Gijutsu Hozonkai?) Pottery Onta-yaki 1995
Ise Paper Stencils Technique Preservation Society (伊勢型紙技術保存会 Ise Katagami Gijutsu Hozonkai?) Textiles Ise Paper Stencils 1993
Kijoka no Bashōfu Preservation Society (喜如嘉の芭蕉布保存会 Kijoka no Bashōfu Hozonkai?) Textiles Kijoka no Bashōfu 1976
Kumejima-kasuri Preservation Group (久米島紬保持団体 Kumejimakasuri Hoji Dantai?) Textiles Kumejima-kasuri 2004
Kurume-kasuri Technique Preservation Society (重要無形文化財久留米絣技術保持者会 Jūyō Mukei Bunkazai Kurumekasuri Gijutsu Hozonsha Kai?) Textiles Kurume-kasuri 1976
Miyako Jōfu Preservation Group (宮古上布保持団体 Miyako Jōfu Hozon Dantai?) Textiles Miyako Jōfu 1978
Honba Yūkitsu-mugi Technique Preservation Society (本場結城紬技術保持会 Honba Yūkitsumugi Gijutsu Hozonkai?) Textiles Yūki-tsumugi 1976
Ojiya-chijimi/Echigo Jōfu Technique Preservation Society (越後上布・小千谷縮布技術保存協会 Ojiyachijimi・Echigojōfu Gijutsu Hozonkai?) Textiles Ojiya-chijimi/Echigo Jōfu 1976
Wajima-nuri Technique Preservation Society (輪島塗技術保存会 Wajimanuri Gijutsu Hozonkai?) Lacquerware Wajima-nuri 1977
Hosokawa-shi Preservation Society (細川紙技術者協会 Hosokawashi Hozonkai?) Papermaking Hosokawa-shi 1978
Sekishūban-shi Preservation Society (石州半紙技術者会 Sekishūbanshi Hozonkai?) Papermaking Sekishūban-shi 1976
Honmino-shi Preservation Society (本美濃紙保存会 Honminoshi Hozonkai?) Papermaking Honmino-shi 1976

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Kodansha, Great Japanese Biographical Dictionary (日本人名大辞典?)[1]
  • Ministry of Cultural Affairs National Cultural Properties Database[2]
  • '重要無形文化財の指定・認定について,' Ministry of Cultural Affairs, 16 July 2010 [3]