Personal History

Name: Usami, Naoharu.
Birthdate: June 13, 1963
Born in Kyoto city, in Kyoto prefecture. The second son of Usami Naohachi, the 8th president of the Usami Shokakudou corporation

April 1989 - August 2006
Worked at the Usami Shokakudou corporation.
Was engaged in restorating great numbers of cultural properties in the Usami Shokakudou corporation's workshop of Kyoto National Museum's Cultural Asset Repair Centre.

November 2006
Established Usami Shuutokutou corporation.

March 2008
Acquired certification from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a traditional craftsman of "Kyohyougu" (Kyoto-style Picture Mounting).


Experience in the Restoration of Important Cultural Properties (Japanese and Foreign)


1996
* Sada Shrine (Shimane Pref.)
Important Japanese cultural property: "Painted folding wooden fan" (Handicraft restoration)
* Peabody Essex Art Gallery (America)
"Mandala picture" (Made into a hanging scroll as part of restoration)

1998
* Jingu Nogyokan Museum(Mie Pref.)
Important Japanese cultural property: Noted Places in Iseshin "Meishoe Utaawase" (Painting restoration and handscroll mounting)
* The British Museum (UK)
"Buddha's entrance into Nirvana" (Painting restoration / hanging scroll mounting)
* The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan)
Restoration and framing of 9 pictures.

1998-2001

* Myoukenji Temple in Kyoto City
Important Japanese cultural property: "Myokenji Documents" (Archives)

2008
* Huis Ten Bosch Art Gallery and Museum (Nagasaki Pref.)
M.C. Escher's "Metamorphosis 2" (Print restoration and framing)


Foreign Technical Guidance and Lectures

1991
* Korean National Contemporary Art Gallery
Gave technical guidance for restoration of cultural assets (for about 1 week).

1992
* Boston Art Gallery, Oriental Department (America)
Gave technical guidance for restoration of cultural properties.

* Gardner Art Gallery
Gave technical guidance for restoration of folding screens (for about 6 months).

1997
National Tainan Institute of Fine Arts (Taiwan)
"An Introduction to Japanese Paper Quality, Cultural Property Restorating Skills, as well as Practical Skill Guidance".

1998
Taipei City Fong Xi Art Gallery (Taiwan)
"The Restoration of Japanese Cultural Properties and Materials
Used" (Lecture and demonstration).

2004
*Pusan University / Traditional Clotheing and Textile Department ( South Korea)
"The Repair of Dyeing and Weaving Objects and About the Materials Used Part 1" (Lecture and Demonstration).
*Taiwan National Palace Museum
"Japanese Cultural Property Restoration and Materials" (Lecture and Demonstration).

2005
*Pusan University / Traditional Clothing and Textile Department (South Korea)
"The Restoration of Dyeing and Weaving Objects and About the Materials Used Part 2" (Lecture and Demonstration).
"Technical Guidance" (Workshop).