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Selected Honours and Awards


Completed museum for Hamada folk crafts collection in Mashie, Japan


Receives honorary Doctor of Art degree from Royal College of Art, London, England


Receives Okinawa Times Award and Order of Culture from Emperor, Japan


Appointed Director of the Japan Folk Art Museum


Designated as 'Living National Treasure,' by Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology


Received Minister of Education Award for Art


Received Tochigi Prefecture Culture Award

Public Collections

The British Museum, London, UK

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

Leach Pottery Museum, Cornwall, UK

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan

Mashiko Sankokan Museum, Tochigi, Japan

Tochigi Kenritsu Bijutsukan, Tochigi, Japan

Kyoto Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan (Museum of Modern Art), Kyoto, Japan

Togei Messe Mashiko (Ceramic Art Museum), Tochigi, Japan

York Art Gallery, UK

Gallery Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK

Musée nationale de Céramiques, Sèvres, France

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA

The Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

Los Angeles County Museum, LA, USA

Honolulu Art Museum, Hawaii, USA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota, USA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Smithsonian, Washington, USA

Lisa Sainsbury Ceramic Collection, Sainsbury Centre, UEA, Norwich, UK

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales

Tate Museums, UK