An In-Depth Report on a Metal Caster’s World’s No. 1 Taiyaki Project

2020.03.31 UP

〜A Growing Project That People (Young and Old, and from in and outside the City) Are Becoming a Part Of: An In-Depth Report on a Metal Caster’s World’s No. 1 Taiyaki Project〜


Takaoka copperware has over 400 years of history. Because copperware making is made up of separate, specialized steps, in Takaoka there are craftspeople possessing diverse skills. In this city, companies and studios frequently collaborate with other companies and studios to conduct innovative joint projects. Also, novel, one-of-a-kind projects are often launched. These activities are one reason why the people of Takaoka are very proud of their city.

Located in Takaoka, Hoxsin Industries is a unique studio. Today we will introduce to you its fun and delicious project that is gathering momentum.



Nameplates, name signs, monuments, and custom branding irons—Hoxsin Industries produces the castings its customers request. Hoxsin Industries’s FUKITO, a beautifully-designed cast dish made with recycled aluminum, won a Good Design Award in 2016. Known for having an open mindset, the company creates products that meet the needs of the present age.

Michihiro Jyozuka is the CEO of Hoxsin Industries and a Certified Skilled Worker in casting. There is one more thing Jyozuka is, though. He is a taiyaki (fish-shaped stuffed waffle) maker. About twenty years ago, Jyozuka created an obanyaki (stuffed waffle) pan in the shape of the Takaoka Daibutsu (large statue of Buddha). He did so because he wanted to use his skills as a veteran casting craftsman and energize Takaoka. Since then, he has made and sold Buddha statue-shaped obanyaki at various city events. This is not Jyozuka’s only accomplishment. He has created easy-to-follow recipes, has sold ingredients that people can use to practice making sweets, and has referred people to suppliers. Helped by these efforts, he has sold over 180 custom taiyaki and obanyaki pans. These pans were sold to people located all over Japan.

A TV station telling Jyozuka that it wanted to make a 2-meter-long taiyaki was what prompted him to launch this project. At the time Jyozuka answered that it was too difficult to make a 2-meter one, and the project was never started. However, afterwards Jyozuka pondered the idea. In 2015, he created a 1-meter-long taiyaki pan. A special cooking table for the pan was built in 2016. He presented his creations to interested citizens and exhibited them at trade fairs. Also, several times, he used the pan and tried to make a 1-meter-long taiyaki.

Jyozuka commissioned a company in Osaka to construct the cooking table. He said that the workers at the company had much fun making it.


After Two Years of Hiatus, He Began Again in 2018

In 2016, Jyozuka was trying to make a taiyaki using the pan. He could successfully make a 1-meter-long taiyaki waffle that was stuffed with 250 to 300 normal-sized taiyaki. But when Jyozuka put batter and sweet bean paste into the 1-meter-long pan (like he would if he were making taiyaki normally), the huge taiyaki would not cook properly. Jyozuka was stumped. Consequently, the project went on hiatus for some time.

Then, after two years, at the end of 2018, urged by friends and acquaintances who knew about his plan, Jyozuka decided to try again. In January 2019, he held the first project-related event.

This event was a get-together for people who were interested in the project. For the first time in a while, Jyozuka heated the taiyaki pan. Attendees mingled and talked. Each of them suggested ideas that he or she thought might be helpful.

The following photos were taken when I went to the get-together to cover it.


Heating the pan again after two years.


A test was conducted by making a waffle in a slightly smaller, 70-centimeters-long pan.


Yakisoba (stir-fry noodles) was made in the pan for the attendees!


Everyone ate yakisoba and taiyaki waffles. As they ate, they gave ideas.


The model Jyozuka used to make the taiyaki pan was sitting in the workshop.


Coincidentally, a TV episode about taiyaki was being aired that day. Through it, people learned that the biggest taiyaki in Japan was 60 centimeters long. This meant that if Jyozuka can successfully make a taiyaki using the 70-centimeters-long or 1-meter-long taiyaki pan, he would become the record holder. He could even maybe go into Guinness World Records.


High Schoolers and University Students Begin Conducting Research, and an Enormous Taiyaki Is Made

Afterwards, every month the project members tried to make a huge taiyaki. Failures were turned into opportunities for improvement. Every time they did not succeed, people from the city and outside it came to assist them. Together with the members they tried to figure out what went wrong, making suggestions.

In 2019, the project members asked Manabu Iwai, a professor of engineering at Toyama Prefectural University, and Takenori Fujikawa, a science teacher specializing in physics at Takaoka Koryo High School, to help them. Giant taiyaki making then became a research project for the schools’ students.


In April, the university professor, university students, and project members attempted to make a taiyaki. Using a thermal imaging device to precisely control the temperature, the group carefully studied the cooking process. (The photo is from the official Facebook page.)


They tried again in May. By using carbonated water and aluminum foil and adjusting the proportions of the dry ingredients, they succeeded in making a perfectly-cooked 1-meter-long taiyaki. (The photo is from the official Facebook page.)


After a huge taiyaki was made in May, the students conducted more research. In October, at the school festivals of Toyama Prefectural University and Takaoka Koryo High School, the students presented their research project.


A scene from Takaoka Koryo High School’s school festival. A poster presentation on the students’ research project was displayed, and an enormous taiyaki was cut into pieces and given out. (The photo is from the official Facebook page.)


The poster presentation being displayed at Toyama Prefectural University’s school festival. People made long lines to have a piece of the perfectly-made mammoth taiyaki.


How to Make a Mille-Feuille Taiyaki

In just a year the World’s No. 1 Taiyaki Project had evolved tremendously. Because I wanted to talk with the project members, in March 2020 I visited a taiyaki-making session. This was the first time in about a year that I met them.

The day I visited the project members, they were filming a how-to video on how to make a giant taiyaki, so that people everywhere could make one for events. Jyozuka and the two teachers—Iwai and Fujikawa—were going to be the cooks.


The temperature of the pan is being measured so that the appropriate temperature after the heat is turned on can be determined.


On this day the three made a mille-feuille taiyaki. The students created the recipe. Waffles, sweet bean paste, and sweet potatoes are layered. At the school festivals tasters loved the mille-feuille taiyaki.


Batter is poured into the pan. It is spread well so that the entire pan is covered.


After both halves are spread with batter, sweet bean paste is slathered. Next, steamed sweet potatoes are put in.


The waffle cooked in the other halve is placed over the sweet bean paste and sweet potatoes. Afterwards, more sweet bean paste and sweet potatoes are put on top of the waffle.
This procedure was repeated. The trio made a mille-feuille taiyaki with three layers. Students have made ones with six and seven layers during their research.


The three of them putting the pan together. This step is the climax of the giant taiyaki-making.


A perfect taiyaki!


Layers can be seen on the cross-section of a piece. If the taiyaki is cut into big pieces, it feeds 20 to 30 people. If cut into small pieces, 40 to 50 can be fed.


“I Want to Make Takaoka ‘The City of Taiyaki’”

“This project isn’t just for enjoying taiyaki. Through it, I want people to use their skills, and I want them to make things happen by doing something they like to do,” Jyozuka said when I asked him what the aim of his project was.

“Everyone has his or her idea for the project. What if we ask people to imagine a taiyaki they would like to eat? We could create a pan for it, cook it, and eat it. We could prepare the taiyaki and give it as a gift. If this movement spreads, it would be fun and interesting. People might start to say, ‘Every family in Takaoka serves taiyaki to guests!’”

Currently, a pan in the shape of a shishimai (lion-dance) lion is being finished. An Inami woodcarving artisan made the model of the lion.


The people of Toyama Prefecture cherish shishimai. A stuffed waffle cooked in a shishimai lion pan might become a big hit. (Above the pan is the model.)


Jyozuka says that the 1-meter-long taiyaki is not finished yet. He says that plenty of improvements can still be made.

“This is going to be a three-year project. I’m going to keep meeting people from various industries, and I’ll ask them to advise me. I have two more years. How much can I grow this movement? When we make a taiyaki, it turns out differently every time, depending on the ability of the cook. It’s not at all a finished project.”

Jyozuka wants to increase the number of people who can make taiyaki, whether it is a 1-meter-long taiyaki or normal-sized taiyaki. He wants Takaoka to become the City of Taiyaki. This is Jyozuka’s true ambition, his ultimate goal that lies beyond the 1-meter-long taiyaki.

Jyozuka will continue to collaborate with Toyama Prefectural University and Takaoka Koryo High School. The project members and people from the two schools will meet periodically and hold sessions. A good chance exists that serendipitous meetings with individuals during the next two years will bring about more developments.

If you’ve become interested, check out the project’s official Facebook page and the YouTube video.

 ◎Official Facebook page: Let’s Make the World’s No. 1 Taiyaki!

◎How to Make the World’s No. 1 Taiyaki (the video the project members were filming the day the reporter visited them)

Takaoka City Center’s Long Running Event, Craft City Takaoka Autumn Fair. Come and Enjoy Our City’s Famous Craftwork

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The dates for our event have been confirmed!

Each Autumn, we hold our craft fair in Takaoka city center. Last year, visitors to our city to enjoyed the event’s 100 venues, 23 factories, and approximately 3000 pieces of art.

All are welcome, whether or not they are familiar with craftwork. Come to our city, and enjoy speaking with our city’s artisans, dining on elegant dishware made in Takaoka, and making your own craftwork. Enjoy the beautiful streets of Kanayamachi, as men and women dressed in traditional Japanese wear bring the town to life.

Many new and unexpected experiences await you. You may find inspiration in the wonderful works of our local artists and writers, learn of the joy of handcrafting art, or discover the unique charm of everyday life in Takaoka.

This year, we will be holding 3 events between Thursday, September 9th to Monday, September 23rd (national holiday). We shall give a brief outline of each event.


●Takaoka, City of Crafts: Craft Exhibition 2019 (9/21-25)
A comprehensive exhibition showcasing the works of the country’s greatest craftsman in Takaoka since 1986. You can also buy works which take your fancy. From metalwork and lacquer to glass and furniture, a wide range of items across materials and uses will be available.


We are currently accepting submissions for our event, Craft City Takaoka: 2019 Craft Exhibition. The theme for submissions is Embracement 2. The deadline for submissions is July 21st.

*Dates : Sep.19,2019〜Sep.23,2019(tentative schedule)

*Venue : OTAYA SERIO(tentative schedule)





●Takaoka Craft Market Town (9/21-24)
Whether you want to see, buy, or experience crafts – or even eat some delicious food with crafted cutlery, this event will allow you to enjoy Takaoka’s crafts from all angles. From workshops you won’t get anywhere else, to talking with the artisans, there’s plenty of unique opportunities here!




*Dates : Sep.21,2019〜Sep.23,2019

*Venue : Based around Yamachousuji, also in Takaoka station, Otaya-doori, etc.




●Mirare Kanayamachi (9/22-23)
The timber facades and cobbled streets of Kanayamachi, the metalworking district, will be host to a variety of events – from guided tours to talks over tea, to craft exhibitions, and a student fashion show. The vibrant streets will be alive!



*Dates : Sep.21,2019〜Sep.22,2019

*Venue :Around the streets of Kanayamachi




“Autumn in Takaoka, City of Industrial Arts” will be held again this year!

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Enjoy 5 huge crafting events over 4 days. Held 9/21 until 9/24 in the city center.

Takaoka’s annual autumn crafting event is powering up this year! Running from 9/21 (Fri) until 9/24 (Sun – holiday), at roughly 100 venues and 23 factories in Takaoka’s city centre, there will be over 3,000 crafted items for visitors to enjoy.

Particularly on 9/22 (Sat), there will be 5 huge events running at the same time. Here’s a quick look at what’s in store!


Previous craft exhibition

●Takaoka, City of Crafts: Craft Exhibition 2018 (9/21-25)
A comprehensive exhibition showcasing the works of the country’s greatest craftsman in Takaoka since 1986. You can also buy works which take your fancy. From metalwork and lacquer to glass and furniture, a wide range of items across materials and uses will be available.

*Venue : Takaoka Daiwa 4F Event Hall



Previous craft market town – from Yamachousuji

●Takaoka Craft Market Town (9/21-24)
Whether you want to see, buy, or experience crafts – or even eat some delicious food with crafted cutlery, this event will allow you to enjoy Takaoka’s crafts from all angles. From workshops you won’t get anywhere else, to talking with the artisans, there’s plenty of unique opportunities here!

*Venue : Based around Yamachousuji, also in Takaoka station, Otaya-doori, etc.



●Mirare Kanayamachi (9/22-23)
The timber facades and cobbled streets of Kanayamachi, the metalworking district, will be host to a variety of events – from guided tours to talks over tea, to craft exhibitions, and a student fashion show. The vibrant streets will be alive!

*Venue :Around the streets of Kanayamachi


The open factory in action

●Copperwork Complex (Douki Danchi) Open Factory (9/22)
This copperwork complex gathers dozens of crafts companies, from casting to processing to completion, and makes their operations open to the public. Take this unique chance to see the action up close!

*Venue : Toide Douki Danchi area


The Summit in Kyoto

●Japan Heritage Summit in Takaoka (9/22-23)
In 2015, Takaoka was the first place whose story was designated as Japan Heritage by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. As well as that story (Flourishing Folk Culture Under the Rule of the Maeda Family of Kaga), a story produced with other cities about a port used by the cargo ships that sailed Japan during the Edo period (New Space for Dreams of Men Who Crossed the Stormy Sea) has also been designated. At this summit, the country’s 67 stories (including Takaoka’s) will be brought to you by professional storytellers and cultural representatives.

*Venue :Based in the Center for Lifelong Study, as well as Kanayamachi, Yamachousuji, etc.

Have you already been there? A gallery that traditional coloring techniques can be experienced opens at Yamacho Valley.

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Every single product by momentum factory Orii at once—.

“Orii gallery Hachinokura” has opened this April at “Yamacho Valley” that underwent a full-scale renovation at Yamacho-suji, one of Takaoka’s historic streets, utilizing its historic building. 

It is a gallery as well as a workshop space facilitated by momentum factory Orii, a unit that continues to produce fashionable products in various beautiful colors through utilizing unique coloring techniques inspired by Takaoka’s traditional metal coloring strategies. 

Here is the only space in which all items, including tableware, interior and exterior items, produced by momentum factory Orii can be seen at once and ordered. 


Moreover, a limited number of coloring techniques, out of the numerous metal coloring strategies developed here in Takaoka through the utilization of chemicals, plants and methods using boiling and burning techniques, which all add up to dozens of shades of colors, can actually be experienced at the studio. 

The method being taught as of now (June 2018) is called “nuka-yaki” which is done by applying rice bran (nuka) onto a copper plate, heating it with a burner and finally polishing it. One will use this strategy to color a coaster-size copper plate. Through chemical reaction between the rice barn and copper, one can expect to make one of a kind coaster with a distinct pattern. The copper coaster is lightweight and is very practical in use as well. 


One can sign up for the workshop alone or in groups of two (further negotiation required for larger groups). One can consult to discuss about openings. Why not give it a try? 

<Shop Overview> 
Orii gallery Hachinokura 
・Address: Yamacho-Valley, 6 Konmadashi-machi, Takaoka-shi, Toyama-ken 
・Business Hours: 11:00 – 17:00 Thursday and Friday, 10:00 – 17:00 Saturday and Sunday 
・Closed: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 
・Phone Number: 0766-23-9685 (momentum factory Orii), 0766-75-9614 (Yama-cho Valley) 

★20 to 30 minutes required for the coaster coloring workshop. 2000 yen per person (tax included).


100 styles of design by 100 craftsmen. “100 Sorori Exhibition”, held until July 8 (Sun)!

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“100 Sorori Project” was carried out in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the foundry maker Nousaku in 1916. Takaoka’s manufacturing activities centered around metalworking and lacquerware have 400 years of history, and currently, around 600 craftsmen are active in Takaoka. 

In this project, in order to leave this Takaoka’s technical style as a form, 100 craftsmen who are carrying forward Takaoka’s craftsmanship utilized their respective skills, and have completed 100 styles of Sorori, with Nousaku’s simple flower vase “Sorori” as a canvas. 

These 100 pieces of works are displayed from May 10 (Thu) until July 8 (Sunday) at the D&DEPARTMENT TOYAMA in Toyama City. With the wishes that this technology continues to be cultivated even 100 years later. 

“NIPPON VISION MARKET TOYAMA Tinware Tools and Utensils from Nousaku” introducing numerous utensils and tools made of brass and tin, such as wind bells and sake cups representing Nousaku is also going to be held until July 8 (Sun) in addition to “100 Sorori Exhibition”. 

■Outline of the event

・Exhibition period:May 10, 2018 (Thu) – July 8 (Sun)
・Venue:D&DEPARTMENT TOYAMA (4-18 Shinsogawa, Toyama City, Toyama Prefectural Hall 1F)
・Admission fee:Free of charge
・Closed on:the closing day of Toyama Prefectural Hall

■Related events
NIPPON VISION MARKET TOYAMA Tinware Tools and Utensils from Nousaku

・Date and time:May 14 (Mon) – July 8 (Sun) from 10: 00 to 19: 00 (the last day is until 16:00)
・Inquiry:076-471-7791(D&DEPARTMENT TOYAMA)


Etchu Fukuoka Sugegasa, Designated Traditional Craftwork. New Products Under Development!

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The “Etchu Fukuoka Sugegasa (sedge-woven hat)”, from the Fukuoka region in the city of Takaoka, was designated as a Traditional Craftwork on November 30, 2017. Sugegasa, made from a grassy plant called sedge (“suge” in Japanese), are traditionally used by farmers as a sunshade or as a type of rain gear, and today are a common part of Japanese life.

In the old days of Japan, it is believed that sedge was produced all over Japan, but today, the talent for cultivating it, weaving it, finishing the hats, and their wholesale distribution is primarily done here in the Fukuoka region, and they produce over 90% of the country’s output. For example, the sandogasa from Hamamatsu in Shizuoka, famous for being used in historical dramas and the Nenbutsu-Odori, are actually made in the Fukuoka area of Takaoka. The Fukuoka region of Takaoka also produces a portion of the headpieces used in the Hanagasa-Odori in Yamagata.


Various types of sugegasa. From the left, fujikasa, andogasa, and helmet-type sugegasa.


Originally, the production of sugegasa started because of the high quality of sedge produced in this area, and the technique has been handed down for over 400 years. Traditionally, men made the frames and women did the weaving. In fact, it was believed that women who were good at weaving the sugegasa would also make great spouses.

Before “Etchu Fukuoka’s sugegasa” were designated as a Traditional Craftwork, in 2009 it was designated as one of the country’s Important Cultural Assets, and efforts to preserve the technique continued.

Along with being designated a Traditional Craftwork, efforts to produce new products, enlarge the market, and improve the industry are being undertaken. For example, the cultivated sedge in Fukuoka is superior in repelling water, so the products were typically sold in their original colors, but in recent years, Takaoka and the craft industry have been researching dyeing methods, and currently can produce 20 different color varieties. Not only are products being produced using the traditional techniques, but new products such as non-weatherproof soft hats that use thinner sedge threads, tea made from sedge, and other unique concepts are also being produced.



Reference: 「菅笠マカロン」に決定 高岡、保存会開発の「帽子形」(富山新聞)

[“Deciding on ’Sugegasa Macaroon’ Takaoka”、Preservation Association Development “Hat Shape” (Toyama Newspaper)]



Sugegasa and other products made from sedge are sold at the following shops. Please check them out.

  • Takaoka Chiiki Jiba Shogyo Center, Phone: 0766-25-8283 (Take the Kaetsuno Bus from Takaoka Station platform number 5 and get off at Kumano-machi, 3 minute walk)

  • Sanchonpinzo, Phone: 0766-64-1661 (Ainokaze Toyama Railway, 7 minute walk from Fukuoka Station)

  • Machizukuri Fukuoka Kobo, Phone: 0766-64-0020 (Ainokaze Toyama Railway, 7 minute walk from Fukuoka Station)

  • Osuga Shoten, Phone: 070-5465-4257 (Ainokaze Toyama Railway, 10 minute walk from Toyama Station, 5 minute walk from Manyo Line Sakanoshitacho)

After five years of work since its conception in 2013, the “Heisei Mikurumayama” has finally been completed this spring!

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“Heisei Mikuruayama”ーSupervised by mastercraftsman Osawa Komin and created with the help of local citizens and artisans, this new Mikurumayama will be revealed to the public on April 30th.

Every year on May 1st, the seven remaining Mikurumayama (mountain carriages) are carried around the town during the Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival. These mountain carriages are each painstakingly decorated according to the various areas they originate from.

The Takaoka Mikurumayama Festival, which was designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016, is a valuable part of Takaoka’s culture and embodies more than 400 years of its history, the expert skill of its craftsmen, as well as the wealth and pride of its people.

By coming together as one to create this modern version of a Mikurumayama, Takaoka citizens pass on the 400-year-old techniques and traditions to the next generation. It’s a symbol of development towards the future achieved in thanks to the Takaoka City’s Mikurumayama production initiative in 2013.

Designed based on opinion surveys collected from the general public, approximately one-third of its total production cost of 300 million yen was collected from local donations. The phoenix figurine that tops the carriage harkens back to the Chinese poem from which Takaoka’s name originates. In the main seat of the carriage sits the founders of Takaoka, Maeda Toshinaga and Eihime. In the outer seat sits Toshinaga’s only child, Manhime. Additionally, the four seasons of Takaoka Old Castle Park are beautifully depicted in the fabric of the curtains. Sculptures and metal fittings scattered across the body of the carriage depict the flora, fauna, and natural scenery of Takaoka.


Diagram of the Completed Image

The five-year-long production was started and supervised by the mastercraftsman Osawa Komin and organized by the “Takaoka Regional Cultural Property Repair Association,” a group of traditional artisanal engineers based in the Takaoka area. Many young craftsmen also participated as a part of their training, as well as over 200 volunteers who helped to make the decorative umbrella that covers the carriage.

The completed work will be revealed at the Takaoka Mikurumayama Hall at 10 o’clock on Monday, April 30, and is to go on permanent display from thereon after.


◎Takaoka Mikurumayama Hall

◎State of Production of the Heisei Mikurumayama(Only in Japanese)

The works of up-and-coming young artists are currently on exhibition!

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Do you know about the Hokugin Art Gallery that has just opened in front of Takaoka station?

Last year in 2017, the new Sorae Takaoka building was completed. On that corner, on the first floor of the Hokuriku Bank Station’s gallery space, the “Hokugin Art Gallery” is exhibiting the works of young Takaoka and Toyama prefecture craftsmen in a series themed, “Craft Living in Takaoka.”

Vol. 1 introduces a metalwork artist, Hayate Ozaki, who is living Takaoka, and Vol. 2 introduces works by glass artist Tomoko Kajiwara and has garnered good reviews.

This spring introduces as Vol. 3 Takumi Azechi, a lacquer artist who studied the lacquer art at Takaoka campus of Toyama University. After completing the Arts and Culture degree in Toyama University’s graduate school and having studied in Thailand on an exchange program, Mr. Azechi adopted many Thai techniques and combines them with Japanese lacquer techniques to develop his own style of molding and planar works.

The space is on the open window side facing the street and you can also view it from the outside. The gallery is open until 15:00, but the lights are on until 21:00 so you can enjoy it from the street. Using a Thai technique called Foil Picture, the work series expresses the ever-changing connections between people in spinning three-dimensionality. Please come and visit!

Some exhibitions may also be purchased.

In addition, a solo exhibition of Takumi Azechi’s works is scheduled to be held from April 6th (Friday) to April 16th (Monday) at a gallery that is just a short walk from Takaoka station’s Zuiryuji entrance (south exit). Since the two times overlap, it’s a great chance to enjoy them together.

Hokugin Art Gallery:vol.3 「Small Connections(Enishi)」Takumi Azechi Exhibition
・Exhibition Period:April 4, 2018(Wednesday)~ June 28(Thursday)
・Location:Hokuriku Bank, Takaoka Ekimae Branch(Takaoka City, Shimonoseki 185-11 Sorae Takaoka 1F)
・Business Hours:Weekdays 9:00~15:00 ※You can view from outside the store at night(until 21:00).

【During the Same Period】
NEUTRAL (Nyutoraru) Takumi Azechi Solo Exhibition
・Exhibition Period:April 6, 2018(Friday)~ April 16(Monday)
・Location:gallery&café Venere(Takaoka City, South Station 5-3-1)
・Business Hours:11:00~18:00 ※Last day is until 17:00

On 9 – 11 of March ! “Takaoka City Traditional Crafts Industry Human Resources Development School’s 50th Anniversary Graduation Exhibition” will take place.

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Student projects as well as artwork created by instructors that display the future of Takaoka’s traditional culture. 

Takaoka City has a history of holding for those taking part in the traditional industry of Takaoka copperware and Takaoka lacquerware the “Takaoka City Traditional Crafts Industry Human Resources Development School” ever since 1968 for the purpose of improving the traditional crafts industry and educating successors.

1000 students have graduated ever since its launch, and the program created many outstanding artists including holders of the Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure), traditional crafts artists and other craftsmen.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of this school in the 2018 fiscal year end, an exhibition will be held at the Takaoka Art Museum for three days from March 9 (Fri.) to 11 (Sun.). In the exhibition will be 90 pieces of artwork made by the graduates of the years 2017 and 2018 (class 25), as well as 15 pieces created by instructors including those who are holders of the Takaoka City Traditional Crafts Industry Technologist authorization. There also will be a photo exhibition of the 50-year history of the school.

A scene from the class (metal working course)

A memorial lecture meeting will be held on March 10 (Sat.) (see below for details). Please witness the light shedding from past to future and enjoy the numerous wonderful artwork presented at the exhibition.

-Date and time: March 9 (Fri.) – 11(Sat.), 2018, 9:30 – 17:00 (ends at 16:00 on the final day)
-Place: Takaoka Art Museum, Civic Gallery (Takaoka City, Nakagawa 1-1-30)
-Admission fee: free of charge
-Sponsor/ Contact information: Takaoka City Design and Crafts Center, Tel: 0766-62-0520/ Fax: 0766-62-0521/ E-mail:

[Related Event: Memorial lecture meeting, “The Work of Kouichi Uchida” (43rd Design Seminar)] 

Kouichi Uchida is a Ceramist / sculptor who has received high praise for his work presented energetically within and without the country. In addition to announcing new work, he also has gathered attention for opening his personal museum archiving Banko Ware, Yokkaichi City’s (Mie Prefecture) local crafts method. He will be interviewed for his work ranging from pottery making to community service.

-Date and time: March 10, 2018 (Sat.) 14:30 – 16:15
-Place: Takaoka Art Museum, Bi-Talk Hall (Takaoka City, Nakagawa 1-1-30)
-Fee: free of charge (80 seats, reservations will be prioritized)
-How to apply: Tel/ Fax/ e-mail to the above information regarding Takaoka City Design and Crafts center.