I consider the almost divine beauty and purity of Urushi is at its acme at the instant the liquid is brushed on.

Imagine the moment the tip of the human haired brush puts down Urushi as if it were a thousand strands of flowing glistening black hair.

Imagine the very moment Urushi transforms an object into an unfathomable, visceral, giddying black.

Though freshly dried Urushi shines with the lucidness of a newborn, the excitement gradually subsides and silence follows. Once it drys, the vividness is no longer.

From there Urushi gradually hardens over a 6-month period. In a somewhat lonesome sentiment, the Urushi comes of age I guess. From this point of view, liquid Urushi possesses red hot lava-like chaotic energy and vigor.

The beauty and spiritualism Urushi with which it has enamored people from the ancient times has many faces. When facing Urushi, my body rejoices in a storm of excitement. Sometimes my heart aches, other times experience ecstasy. Sometimes dumbfounded, nearly fainting, and crying without knowing.

Thus I found my vocation to pass along the fascination of live Urushi through multiple dimensions and perspective. 3D, 2D, space, time, concept, etc.

Urushi is Japanese lacquer from Urushi tree.
The origin of the word "media" is "medium" in Latin, and means "between," "interposition," and "mediator."




Yohko Toda

戸田 蓉子

Urushi Artist / Urushi Media

Born in Nara, currently based in Kyoto

BA in Aesthetic Art Theory, Doshisha University

Briefly studied in France during university years

Finished internship at Gallery Achdjian (Paris)

Apprenticeship in Urushi-working under Nagatoshi Onishi (Honorary Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts)

Wed to novelist Hanamura Mangetsu (119th Akutagawa Prize winner)

Member of Kyoto Laqcuerware Youth Association
奈良県生まれ 京都在住
Galerie Achdjian(Paris)にてインターン・勤務

Exhibition history / activity history

2004 Group show at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
2005 Group show at Kashinoki Gallery
2006 Group show at Gareria Mao (Old Akashi-tei)
2008 ITAMI International Craft Exhibition
2009 The Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition 2009 
2011 Tableware Festival 2011 in Tokyo Dome
2011~2016 Hiatus
2017 Uruoi Urushi Exhibition 2017 at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
2017 Saigono Ippai Exhibition at Art space Yokaan and Ryukoku museum
2018 Tableware Festival 2018 
2018 Uruoi Urushi Exhibition 2018 at Gallery Kisshodo
2018 Cooperation with Prof. Naoko Tosa (Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University) for her project “Sound of Ikebana”
2018 Discussion at iculture Studies as leading Urushi Artist
2018 49th Kyo-Shikki Exhibition at Miyako Messe 
2018 Cooperation with the Utsuhino Wazano Bi Exhibition
2019 Craft NEXT
2019 Uruoi Urushi Exhibition 2019
2019 50th Kyo-Shikki Exhibition at Miyako Messe 
2019 Yohko Toda Urushi solo Exhibition at il cipresso Hanare
2019 Savoir-Faire des Takumi project(Organizer:City of Kyoto/City of Paris/Atelier de Paris,Partners:Agency For Cultural Affairs Goverment of Japan/Kyoto Art Center/Atelirt d'art France)
2019 Onomatopoeia Texture Project of Maki Sakamoto(The University of Electro-Communications)Ver.Urushi
2020 Savoir-faire des Takumi Exhibition at Les ateliers de Paris,France/ Nihonbashi Takashimaya art gallery,Japan
2020 Art fair Collect London-international art fair for modern craft and design at Somerset house, UK
2020 Uruoi Urushi Exhibition 2020
2020 The Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition 2020
2021 Savoir-faire des Takumi Exhibition at museum of crafts and design Kyoto,Japan/
2021 Art Fair Tokyo2021
2021 SFT Exhibition at Iwai gallery
2021 Kyomono des Takumi (Ginza Six Tsutaya Shoten)
2022 Dialogue Kyoto(Collaboration work with the edit, Hotel Kanra Kyoto)
2022 Botanic Art Weekend(Karuizawa shoten)
2022 Kokyu Kyoto Gallery(Collaboration work with the edit)
2022 Focus Art Fair(Carrousel du Louvre,Paris)


2004 グループ展 赤レンガ倉庫
2005 グループ展 樫の木ギャラリー
2006 グループ展 ガレリア真魚(旧明石邸)
2008 伊丹国際クラフト展 
2009 国際漆展石川2009 
2011 テーブルウェアフェスティバル2011 
2011 - 2016 活動休止
2017 うるおい漆展2017 
2017 ギャラリー余花庵/龍谷ミュージアム「さいごの一杯展」 
2018 テーブルウェアフェスティバル2018 
2018 うるおい漆展2018 
2018 京都大学メディアセンター教授 土佐尚子氏の『Sound of Ikebana』に協力
2018 iculture研究会のディスカッションに漆代表として参加
2018 第49回 京漆器展 
2018 写しの技の美展 協力
2019 クラフトNEXT
2019 うるおい漆展2019
2019 第50回 京漆器展
2019 Yohko Toda Urushi solo Exhibition
2019 Savoir-Faire des Takumi プロジェクト2019(主催:京都市/パリ市/アトリエ・ド・パリ,後援:文化庁)
2019 質感オノマトペプロジェクトVer.漆 電気通信大学 坂本真樹教授研究室 JSPS科研費新学術領域研究「多元質感知」助成
2020 Savoir-faire des Takumi グループ展(アトリエ・ド・パリ,Paris/日本橋高島屋美術工芸サロン,東京)
2020 アートフェアCollectロンドン(サマセットハウス ,London)
2020 うるおい漆展
2020 国際漆展石川2020
2021 Savoir-faire des Takumi プロジェクト2020(主催:京都市/パリ市/アトリエ・ド・パリ,後援:文化庁)
Mocad gallery
2021 アートフェア東京2021
2021 Iwai gallery
2021 京ものdes Takumi (Ginza Six 蔦屋書店)
2022 Dialogue Kyoto(the editとのコラボレーションワーク,ホテルカンラ)
2022 Botanic Art Weekend(軽井沢書店)
2022 Kokyu Kyoto Gallery(the editとのコラボレーションワーク)
2022 Focus Art Fair(ルーブル美術館内カルーセル・ドゥ・ルーブル,Paris)

Award history

2008 Prize at ITAMI International Craft Exhibition
2009 Gold prize at The Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition 2009
2011 Prize at Tableware Festival 2011
2017 Grand Prize at Uruoi Urushi Exhibition
2018 Prize at Tableware Festival 2018
2018 Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman’s Prize at Uruoi Urushi Exhibition
2019 Chairman's Award at 50th Kyo-sikki Exibition
2019 Prize at Craft NEXT2019
2020 First Prize-The governor of Kyoto prefecture's Prize at Uruoi UrushiExhibition
2020 grant from the Japan Dream Foundation's Overseas Dispatch Support Aid 2019 of Kobe Bussan's mecenat activities.
2020 Prize at The Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition 2020
2021 First Prize-The governor of Kyoto prefecture's Prize at Uruoi Urushi Exhibition


2008 伊丹国際クラフト展入選
2009 国際漆展石川2009 金賞
2011 テーブルウェアフェスティバル2011入選
2017 うるおい漆大賞
2018 テーブルウェアフェスティバル2018入選
2018 うるおい漆展 京都商工会議所会頭賞
2019 京漆器展 理事長賞
2019 クラフトNEXT入選
2020 うるおい漆展 京都府知事賞
2020 神戸物産業務スーパージャパンドリーム財団2019年度海外派遣支援グラント
2020 国際漆展石川2020入選
2021 うるおい漆展 京都府知事賞


2017 Kyo Ichinichi(NHK)
2019 News oped
2019 Fujingaho website,Today,Kyoto,Tommorow"
2020"Onomatopoeia Marketing"Maki Sakamoto/Ohmsha,Ltd
2022 "La Laque Art et Techniques"T.Mazire, M Kopplin, I.Emmerique, J-P.Bousquet, M.Rey /Editions Vial


2017 京いちにち
2019 ニューズオプエド
2019婦人画報コンテンツきょうとあす「京都人のひとりごと 梶川由紀さんのひとりごと」
2022 『 La Laque Art et Techniques 』T.Mazire, M Kopplin, I.Emmerique, J-P.Bousquet, M.Rey (Editions Vial)