- Master of precious-metal leafing
- Kyoto city, Kyoto
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Master of precious-metal leafing
Born in Kyoto in 1962, Hiroto Rakusho originally studied under his father, Jisaku Nishiyama, winner of the City of Kyoto Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to Traditional Handicrafts. In 1997, Rakusho himself was certified by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a Master of Traditional Handicrafts. Working to broaden the appeal of metal leaf design as an art form, he has collaborated with artists of various genres both in Japan and abroad. A prolific artist, since 2005, he has held several solo shows, in Kyoto, Paris, New York,and Kuwait. Rakusho uses his unique expertise, working with the Digital Archive Project, to preserve ancient precious cultural artifacts stored in Kyoto’s museums, shrines and temples. These skills have taken him to museums overseas and have led to famous Japanese artworks being returned home to Kyoto for public viewing. Hiroto is definitely an icon to demonstrate Japan's high quality culture and art. His challenges based on his unique creativity and technology keep encouraging the traditional industries and successors.