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Meet the Kogei-Kyoto Artists: EIRAKU Zengoro & MENYA Shoho

  • 13 Nov 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • CIC Boston, Periscope & Compass Rooms, 50 Milk Street 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02109
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Meet the Kogei-Kyoto Artists:

EIRAKU Zengoro & Menya Shoho 


Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

CIC Boston, 5th Floor Meridian
50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109

Event is free!

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Join us for a very special presentation by the world renowned artists of Kogei-Kyoto.  Artists EIRAKU Zengoro and Menya Shoho both come from a long lineage of artist families.  They have carried on the family tradition and have embraced the role of bridging the old and the new. Come meet these two distinguished, world renowned artists for a chance to connect with them in an intimate setting.

Bilingual presentations by the artists will be followed by a conversation style Q&A.

EIRAKU Zengoro is the 17th generation of the Eiraku family. The Eiraku family is one of the most important and historically significant family of potters in Japan. The Nishimura/Eiraku family is part of the Senke Jissoku, 千家十職, the 10 families that make tea ware for the Senke schools. Senke jissoku is an honorary title used to refer to the ten occupations, such as lacquers and carpenters, that have a close working relationship with the San-Senke, the three historical and significant schools of tea ceremony (Mushakouji Senke, Ura Senke and Omote Senke). Only a limited number of craftsmen were allowed to create tea ceremony utensils for the Senke.

MENYA Shoho is the 14th generation of the "Mensho" tradition of Kyoto doll making. A tradition that dates back to the Edo era, it started as the maker of the Noh masks. While inheriting and passing on the most traditional form of doll making, MENYA Shoho has also allowed his work to reflect the modern influences on him. His work has been exhibited around the globe, from Paris to Kyoto to New York.


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