Nakatomi Hajime Bio/CV

b. 1974

Nakatomi attended one of Japan's top private colleges, the American equivalent of Harvard or Yale. He was a member of the university ceramics club and was a serious student of clay until several events conspired to change the course of his career. He saw a bamboo sculpture made by Shono Shounsai, met the bamboo artist and industrial designer Ohashi in Tokyo, and came upon a book about bamboo fences. The beauty and versatility of bamboo left him awe-struck and, much to his parents' dismay, he decided to attend the Beppu Occupational School to learn bamboo. He later apprenticed to Honda Syoryu.

Nakatomi's interest is in quiet, delicate vessels that straddle the line between traditional and contemporary styles. A student of Sencha tea ceremony, his work has twice garnered the Oita Governor's Prize and, in 2004, the Beppu Mayor's Prize at the 40th Beppu City Bamboo New Works Exhibition. Nakatomi has only recently begun to exhibit at the national level in Japan.


N a k a to m i H a j i m e | CV

b. 1974, Osaka, Japan

E d u c a t i o n

1999, Graduated from Waseda University

1999, Studied ceramics in University Club

2001, Graduated from Oita Prefectural Technical Institute, Department of Bamboo Arts

2002, Graduate d from Beppu Advanced Industrial Arts and Technology Institute, Department of Bamboo Arts

2002, Studied under Honda Syoryu in Beppu City

E x i h i b i t i o n s + A c c o l a d e s

2002, Exhibited at Tigerman Himmel Gallery, Chicago

2002, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2003, Antiques Chicago and SOFA Chicago

2003, International Asian Art Fair, New York and International Art & Design Fair, New York

2004, Demonstration, Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Los Angeles

2004, Exhibited at the Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, Virginia

2005, The San Francisco International Art Expo

2006, Palm Beach!, West Palm Beach, FL and Art Miami

2006, Power & Delicacy: Master Works ofJapanese Bamboo Art at TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2006, Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, Iowa

2006, Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Chicago Cultural Center

2006, Exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2007,The Next Generation Show, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

2007, The Arts of Pacific Asia Show, San Francisco

2007, The International Asian Art Fair, New York

2008, The Arts of Pacific Asia Show, San Francisco

2008, SOFA New York

2008, The International Asian Art Fair, New York

2008, New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters,The Japan Society, New York

2009, Many Shapes of Bamboo III, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita Japan

2009, SOFA New York

2009, SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2009, Art Miami

2010, SOFA New York and SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2010, Art Chicago and Dallas Art Fair

2010, Int’l. Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York

2010, SOFA Chicago and Art Miami

2011, SOFA New York

2011, SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011, Art Antiques London

2011, Dallas Art Fair

2011, Houston Fine Art Fair

2011, International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, New York City

2011, SOFA Chicago

2012, SOFA New York

2013, Oita’s Art Movement, in partnership withthe Oita Prefectural Government, a museum-quality show, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2014, Group show, Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Los Angeles

M u s e u m C o l l e c t i o n s


Brighton and Hove Museum, UK


Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, USA


National Taiwan Craft Research Development Institute, TAIWAN


Beppu Bamboo Craft Museum, JAPAN