Tsujigahana - Atsushi Ogura



In Japan famous brands from all over the world have shops, selling Western clothes and accessories.
More and more, modern females dress in Western clothes at events, saying "I don't need a kimono".
But I think that is not true.

Indeed, traditional Japanese clothing, the kimono, has become somewhat removed from everyday life.
But in situations when you want to put some distance between yourself and everyday life, when you want to show a different side of yourself, you will be able to discover the magic of a kimono.

What you wear is an important tool of expressing who you are.
By putting on a fine kimono, your own beauty, grace, and intelligence will appear in a different way than when you are wearing Western clothes.
My creations (kimonos) are loved by women not only in Japan but all over the world.
I promise that I will create a kimono of the finest quality that will express your intelligence, grace, and beauty.

Ogura Atsushi

Tsuji ga hana and the Ogura Family

The Ogura family is famous as a representative family of traditional dyeing art, looking back upon a history of over 130 years.
Ogura Manjirou, the first representative, played an active role over for a long period in the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) area. He was one of the representatives of kyoto Yuzen dyeing art (paste-resist dyeing).
The second and third representatives of the Ogura family were excellent craft workers as well,but the period of their activity was not long.
Kensuke, Ogura Atsushi's father, learned Yuzen dyeing from Manjirou and became the fourth representative of the family.
But this wasn't enough for him. In order to create his own original style, he learned the art of tying cloth at the house of Manjirou's wife's parents (the Okao family of tying) and soon become known as "Tying Ogura" or "Tsuji ga hana Kensuke".

Atsushi was born as the eldest son of Kensuke. Having grown up close to kimonos, paint brushes and dye-stuff, he created his first dyed work of art when he was 14 years old.

Since he was 30 he started gaining experience in reproducting and restoring dyed cultural assets, including important Cultural Properties. His latest work is shown at the Japan traditional art crafts exhibition every year earning high reputation and he continues to create beautiful kimonos for modern females.
Atsushi Ogura has broad knowledge and is versed in several techniques regarding tie-dyeing of the Muromachi period up to modern dyed fabrics and has become a master as a dyeing artist.

Brief summary

1946 Born in Kyoto
1975 First election for the 22nd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
1984 Entry at the "6 Japanese artists exhibition" (by the Prefecture of Kyoto)
1986 One man show "Shibori (tying) a metamorphosis" at theTakamiya Gallery, Osaka
One man show "Shibori (tying) a metamorphosis" at the Senbikiya Gallery, Tokyo
1989 Became official member of the "Japan Art Crafts Association"
"Beauty from the east" Sengiren (association of dyeing professionals) Gallery AT, Paris
1991 One man show "Sights of Sumi Gray"Akasaka Yu Gallery, Tokyo
1993 The 30th Japan Traditional Textiles Arts Exhibition
The Japan Art Crafts Association Prize
  One man show "The four seasons. Colors" Akasaka Yu Gallery, Tokyo
1996 One man show "Noble life that colors your being Akasaka Yu Gallery, Tokyo
1997 The 34th Japan Traditional Textiles Arts Exhibition, Nihon Keizai Shinbun Prize
1998 Awarded the Medal with dark navy blue ribbon
2001 "Japanese Shibori (tying) Exhibition of the Ogura family"
Reichs Museum, Mannheim, Germany
2003 The 32nd Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition Kinki, Kyoto Shinbun Prize
2005 The 39th Japan Traditional Textiles Arts Exhibition,
The Chairman of the Japanese Art Crafts Association Prize
2008 One man show "Listening to the rain, telling the sun" Ginza Yokyo Hall, Tokyo
2009 The 43rd Japan Traditional Textiles Arts Exhibition,
Sanyo Shinbun Prize
2010 One man show "The smashing art of Koukechi (old name of tie-dyeing)"
Takamiya Gallery, Osaka
2015 The 49th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Textile Exhibition
The Minister of Education,Culture and Science Prize
2018 The 65th Japan Traditional Exhibition
The Minister of Education, Culture and Science Prize.
2019 Recognized as The Intangible Cultural Properties Designated Kyoto.

Tsuji ga hana reproductions

1984 (For NHK) Reproduction of Tokugawa Ieyasu's kosode
"Kikko kasane Tsuji ga hana" in possession of the Kunitomo family, together with Prof. Yoshioka Tsuneo
1988 (For NHK) Reproduction of Tokugawa Ieyasu's kosode "Aoimon chirashi Tsuji ga hana" and "Yariume moyo Tsuji ga hana", in possession of Tokugawa Art Museum
1993 Reproduction of Azai Nagamasa's wife (Ichi)'s kosode by pictorial material "Dankawari katasuso moyo Tsuji ga hana "under the guidance of Prof. Kirihata Ken (sengiren)
1998 (For Kyoto National Museum) Restoration of damaged parts of the kosode "Fujidana ni kikko tsunagi Tsuji ga hana", in possession of Kyoto National Museum (Sengiren)
2004 (For CBC TV) Reproduction of Tokugawa Ieyasu's haori "Nami ni Usagi Tsuji ga hana", in possession of Tokugawa Art Museum (Sengiren)
2005 (For Kanseigakuin University) Reproduction of Toufukumonnin's kosode "Tatsunami amime ni hanamaru moyo" under the guidance of Prof. Kawakami Shigeki (Sengiren)
2006 (For Kyoto National Museum) Restoration of damaged parts of "Tabanenoshi moyo Furisode" (important Cultural Property) under the guidance of researcher Ms. Yamakawa Aki (Sengiren)
2009 (For Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center, Ooda City) Reproduction of Tokugawa Ieyasu's doubuku "Chojimon Tsuji ga hana" (important Cultural Property) under the guidance of Prof. Kawakami Shigeki (Sengiren)