Nakagawa Mokkougei carries on the finest tradition of woodcrafting from the region of Kyoto where time-honored techniques are passed on from father to son.

The workshop of Nakagawa is widely recognized for its iconic wooden buckets (ki-oke) that are still handcrafted using a technique developed 700 years ago, during the Muromachi era. During the Edo period, households used wooden buckets for bathing rituals or for storing rice and miso. The buckets can still be found in nearly every Japanese household today, although they are used for various different purposes such as champagne coolers, bathtubs or beautiful objects for everyday life.


Nakagawa Mokkougei manages both his studio in the mountain of Shiga where he creates museum–exhibited pieces, as well as the family workshop in Kyoto that he runs with his father, Japan Living National Treasure, Kiyotsugu Nakagawa. The title is bestowed to the most revered Masters of the country by the Emperor of Japan as a recognition for their contribution in perpetuating the cultural legacy of savoir-faire.