Koho Tatsumura—A Brief History

Koho Tatsumura

Artist name: Koha Tatsumura
Given name: Heizo Tatsumura
First generation in family line.

Artist name: Kosho Tatsumura
Given name: Heizo Tatsumura
Second generation in family line.

Graduated from Waseda University, School of Literature,

Following graduation, employed in the International Exchange Funding Division, Exhibition Section the Japan Foundation .

Returned to Kyoto in order to prepare succeed his father in the family business.
Appointed board member of the  Heizo Tatsumura Weaving Art Research Facility, Inc Koho Tatsumura Corp.

Began restoration work of ancient textile fragments, weaving of traditional Nishiki works, theater stage drop curtains and commemorative woven pieces.

Established the Japan Traditional Weaving Preservation Research Society.

Became Chief Director of Japan Traditional Weaving Preservation Research Society.
Active in preservation of traditional skills.
Restoration of ancient textiles from fragments in the Kyoto National Museum, Tokyo National Museum and the Shosoin Treasure House.

Recipient of the Japan Traditional Culture Promotion Award by the Japan Arts Foundation.

Recipient of the Culture Award by the Zenzeikyo Foundation.

Held a four country European traveling exhibition.
Held exhibitions at the following and more:
・Nara National Museum
・Kyushu National Museum
・Kyoto City Museum
・Ashiya Municipal Art Museum.

Participant in a Symposium sponsored by the International Japan Cultural Research Center.
Title: “Reconsidering Japan’s Traditional Crafts—A View from the Outside of the Future and Potential of Crafts."

Adjunct Instructor at Doshisha University Project Department.
Delivered numerous lectures and participated in many symposiums.

Published Books
Nishiki—Weaving of Light (published by Shogakkan) and Koho
Collected Works of Koho Tatsumura (published by Kourinsha.)

Koho Tatsumura


1894 Heizo Tatsumura (pseudonym: Koha),Koho Tatsumura's grandfa ther inaugurated the weaving business.
1938 Heizo II (pseudonym: Kosho), Koho's father, founded the Tatsumura Textile Art Institute.
1946 Jun Tatsumura (pseudonym: Koho) was born in Takarazuka City,
Hyogo Prefecture, the third son of Heizo Ⅱ.
1971 He graduated from the cultural Science Course in the Literature Department of Waseda niversity; began to work for the Exhibiti on Section of the Arts Department of the Japan Foundation.
1976 Tatsumura Heizo Textile Art Institute Co., Ltd. was established and Jun became president.
1982 Changed the company name to TATSUMURA KOHO CO., LTD.
1986 Kyoto, Rokkaku Kaikan Hall, a solo exhibition entitled "Koho Tatsumura, Towards Weaving Light"
1994 The Japan Traditional Textiles Preservation Institute was establi
2000 Received the Award for Promotion of Japanese Art and Culture(Division of Traditional Art) from the Japan Art Foundation.
2002 Received the "Zenzeikyo Regional Culture Award " from the Regional Culture Award Tax Accountant's Foundation.
2003 At the Japan Art Center of the Krakow National Museum in Poland, exhibition entitled:
"’The Woven Beauty of Koho,--Tradition that Dwells in an Ulta-modern Age." At Budapest National Applied Arts Museum, exhibition entitled: “The Woven Beauty of Koho—Fabrics of Light," accompanied by a lecture.
2004 Japan Cultural Hall in Rome, Italy, an exhibition entitled: ““The Woven Beauty of Koho—Threads of Light." Japan Cultural Hall in Paris, France, an exhibition entitled “The Woven Beauty of Koho—Fabrics of Light," accompanied by a lecture
2005 Participant in Symposium sponsored by the International Japan Cultural Research Center, entitled: “Reconsidering Japan’s Traditional Crafts—A View from the Outside of the Future and Potential of Crafts." At the Paramita Museum in Mie Prefecture, an exhibition entitled: "The Weaving Exhibition of Koho—The Beauty of Nishiki."
2006 Doshisha University Project Department. "The World of Weaving—Preservation of Traditional Skills"
2007 Ashiya Municipal Art Museum, an exhibition entitled, “The Beauty of Nishiki—The Woven Beauty of Koho."
2008 Hyogo Prefecture, Ashiya City, Tanizaki Junichiro Memorial Hall, an exhibition entitled: “The Art of Weaving. Koho--The Beauty of Nishiki."
2009 Kyushu National Museum, an exhibition entitled, “The Weaving of Light—The Weaving Beauty of Koho."

Grandfather, Father, Myself and Son

As successor to the founder of our family line, my grandfather Tatsumura Koha and my father, second generation Tatsumura Kosho, I am keenly aware of the importance of our family’s position and responsibility to the art of Nishiki, the pride of our country. My life as Tatsumura Koho the weaving artist began at the age of 30. Since then, over 30 years have passed, and in this era where succession of artisans by the next generation has reached a critical danger point, my eldest son Tatsumura Amane had decided to follow in our family line. As a member of the house of Tatsumura, “Personally striving towards high functionality in weaving” as a successor, he is striving in our family’s principal occupation.

"This man is a genius of my generation," was how renowned Japanese author , Akutagawa Ryunosuke, described

Tatsumura  Hirazo (artist name: Koha)
Born in 1876, he founded the Tatsumura Textile Company in 1907. He performed the restoration of 70 ancient textile fragments from Horyuji Temple and the Soshoin (National Antiquities Museum of Japan), including the National Treasure, ”Nishiki with Lion Hunting.” Moreover, he conceived of numerous weaving techniques, and held nearly 30 utility model patents. Recipient of the Japan Academy Imperial Gift Award.
Tatsumura  Hirazo (artist name: Koha)
Tatsumura  Hirazo (artist name: Kosho)

"Honkoishin"By considering old things, new things can be accomplished

Tatsumura  Hirazo (artist name: Kosho)
Born in 1905, as the second son of Tatsumura Hirazo I.
Graduated from Tokyo Imperial University in Aesthetics-Art History. Director of the former Tatsumura Weaving Research Institute. Successor to Tatsumura Hirazo I. Created the tapestries entitled Seikou (Pure Light) and Jakkou (Solitary Light) for the Spring and Autumn halls of the Chowaden building in the Showa Imperial Palace.

「The restoration of the “Flowers, Trees and Deer Nishiki????, ” was telecasted as a documentary entitled , "Brocade of the Phantom.” He was author of the literary work, “The Story of Nishiki and the Rags” and many others.
Tatsumura Amane

“Shinjibutsu”Objects  of the heart:Experiences are born when heart and object become one.

Tatsumura Amane
Born in 1974 as the first son of Tatsumura Koho. Graduate of Tokyo Zokei University.
With a primary focus on Nishiki weaving, he is personally striving towards high functionality. He is an adjunct instructor at Doshisha University Project Department.