Realize the Potential of Japanese Crafts in Hokuriku
Kogei hails from the Hokuriku region, a major center of craftsmanship, in central Japan, where
Japanese crafts are elevated to art and design. And we want to share it with the world.
Through techniques developed over centuries, Kogei brings out the best of natural materials, making it as relevant today as it was so long ago. Using indigenous materials conserves energy and resources while at the same time contributing to the local economies. The artists’ tools are such an example. Cherishing durable instruments for a lifetime lesses wasted resources and creates connections with people, including other artisans and clients. The philosophy, wisdom, and ingenuity found in Kogei brings new insights for sustainability as we enter a new era.
With an eye on such possibilities, Hokuriku elevates the spirit of Kogei to that of art and design. Let us share with you Kogei in Japan’s heartland of craftsmanship. In other words, "GO FOR KOGEI". Our goal is to provide both a broad and deep understanding of Kogei for guests from around Japan and the entire world who would visit Hokuriku in search of Japanese crafts.
In Hokuriku, there are many areas where craft is thriving. Each region holds its own unique craft festivals. Find a region that interests you.
Supervisor/Curator Yuji Akimoto,
Professor and Director of The University Art Museum, Tokyo National University of Arts
Producer Jun Ura
Chairman of the Board of Directors, NPO Shuto Kanazawa
In 2020, "Go for Kogei: Realize the Potential of Japanese Crafts in Hokuriku" will be
held for the first time through 6 craft festivals, an art fair, and a studio and workshop
tour, all in 7 cities in 3 prefectures of the Hokuriku region, both in person and online.
Let us share the many possibilities Kogei has to offer, including novelties and approaches to craft in a post-pandemic world.
2020. 8.29 sat – 11.15 sun + Online
*some online contents will be updated and available for viewing after the period
Free of charge
Hokuriku Kogei Platform Executive Committee
Approved Specified Nonprofit Corporation Shuto Kanazawa
Kanazawa 21st Century Craft Festival Executive Committee, KUTANism Executive Committee, Glass Festa (Toyama Glass Studio), Takaoka Craft Market Street Executive Committee, RENEW Executive Committee, Craft Fest Executive Committee
Supervisor/Curator: Yuji Akimoto Director of The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
Producer: Jun Ura, Chairman of the Board of Directors, NPO Shuto Kanazawa
Chairperson: Kouta Marutani, Director of NPO Shuto Kanazawa, Assistant Professor of Kanazawa University
Vice-Chairman Yukina Yasue, Director of NPO Shuto Kanazawa, Representative of Planning and Information Institute
Secretary General: Hiroshi Usui, Director of Noetica inc.
Creative Director: Katsuo Mizuguchi, President of Hotchkiss inc.
WEB MAGAZINE Editor-in-Chief: Naomi Kakiuchi, President of KAMADO