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Born in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Employed by a lacquer company and learned Wajima lacquer production and marketing.
Learned Makie technique from Kizo Seizan.
Learned basic techniques of lacquer wares from Hirasawa Dowa.
Wakamiya's (Angler fish shape tea caddy) was selected as one of tea ceremony utensils for Durlem museum in Germany.
Participated a group exhibition at Pola Museum in Ginza One of Wakamiya's exhibited piece "Incense Container Yuken Bell Seido-nuri" was selected as a collection of the Lacquer Museum of Art, Munster, Germany.
"Lacquer Frame Rokujo Miyasudokoro Kawarinuri" became a collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.
Held his one man show at the Kakitsubata Art Gallery in Tokyo. Organized an exhibition COLLACQUERATION at the Japanese Embassy in London.
Participated Asian Art in London.
Participated with a bamboo artist Tanabe Shouchiku, “Jakuchu works of Price Collection”.
Participated Hikoju Maki-e“ Playmind of Makie”.
Held a Makie workshop at Tainan city Cultural Festival.
Participated “Makie The Beauty of Gold Japanese Lacquer” at Bahrain.
Japan Cultural Envoy of the Agency for Cultural Affairs
Grand prize of International Urushi Exhibition 2014

The works by Hikoju Makie are created by Wakamiya, the group's leader, who draws up the blueprint of the works and determines what steps to take toward the final finish. Yet, he is not the one who do the job.
There are ten members in Hikoju Makie, and there are also many specialists-mostly specializing in woodcraft-with varied skills. Each process in the making of a piece is possible thanks to the time and efforts each one of these specialists dedicates themselves to. That is to say, their "Godly hands" shape the concepts of Wakamiya.


Lacquer, know as urushi in Japanese, is a natural materied obtained from the sap of the lacquer tree.
It will take about 15 years for the lacquer tree to mature and produce good quality urushi. From June to November, the sap is collected by making about 20 incision(cut) in to the bark of the tree. About 200g of urushi can be collected from one tree.
The quality of the urushi harvested is determined by the technical capabilities of urushi scraping.
The harvested tree will be cut down in that year, in order for some new shoot to grow from the root of the felled tree. In Japanese, this process is called “koroshi kaki”.

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