Nakagawa Woodcraft Hira Kobo

Thoughts and philosophies that are not verbalized
Move your hands and embody with the technique of a wooden tub


A wooden tub produced by Nakagawa Woodcraft Hira Kobo, " YORISIRO " / " WAVE ". In both cases, the natural curves that cannot be easily understood that the wooden boards are combined are eye-catching. We talked to the creator, Shuji Nakagawa, to get the key to solving the unverbalized sensation that can be felt from the appearance that surpasses the general image of a "tub" while having the function of filling water.

Before, I went abroad for two months a year to hold exhibitions and meetings, but since last year I have been in the studio every day due to the influence of Corona.

Both YORISIRO and WAVE applied for the Grand Prix *, which they had been working on for the past few years. I made a concept

* Both works were exhibited at the "1st Japanese Cultural Grand Prix" and won the highest award.

Not limited to the submitted work YORISIRO / WAVE , instead of first formulating a clicked concept and embodying it, move your hands and still verbalize it. It is Mr. Nakagawa's manufacturing that embodies ideas and philosophies that have not been done. So, the concept we know is that it will appear naturally when the work is completed.

Nakagawa Woodcraft Hira Kobo Shuji Nakagawa

These two works were created by taking a counter-approach to the materials based on the attitude of making themselves. YORISIRO is the result of the uncontrollable parts of the material, and WAVE is the collection of 100 % controllable parts.

For the production of the wooden tub, a plane with a curved base is used

Depending on the wooden tub to be produced, about 300 types of planes are used properly

Japanese culture is "folklore" that transcends individuals

Mr. Nakagawa calls himself a "craftsman, not an artist." It is important for artists to express with originality for only one generation, but craftsmen value "tradition" that transcends individuals. The craftsmen of traditional crafts also have the spotlight on the current runners, but there are batons handed over from the predecessor and the predecessor. He says that "tradition" that transcends one's identity is the essence of Japanese culture.

Mr. Nakagawa, who frequently traveled overseas before the effects of the new coronavirus spread, took a bird's-eye view of Japan and overseas


Crafts are also attracting attention in overseas art markets.

For art, where individual creativity is the key point, "inheritance" and "anonymity" are important for craft.

If you broaden your horizons further, the world will not move things by a specific elite, but will solve problems with collective knowledge while emphasizing the individual, "From I to We" I feel a "conversion"

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It is diversity that forms collective knowledge. Mr. Nakagawa says, "There is diversity in me, and even if I have a contradiction, I can leave it as it is." The unverbalized sensation received from YORISIRO / WAVE may be an image of a changing society.