“Kokkokai” are a group of Maki-e artisans formed in 1931
centered around Gonroku Matsuda, who later became a living national treasure.
The name “Kokkokai” was derived from a quote by Ryosuke Namiki the founder,
“In the way Sumo is Japan’s national sport, Maki-e is the nation’s light.”
Declarative statement at the inauguration of Kokkokai
Even today, Maki-e artisans from inside and outside the company,
who have inherited Matsuda’s will, are making lacquerware around the country.
Kokkokai or the name of the artisans have been inscribed on each individual piece of Namiki work.
The Maki-e studio inside PILOT Corporation’s Hiratsuka plant in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa is in brick building,
a late Taisho Era (1912-1926) which was originally used for the former Second Navy Ammunitions Arsenal.
This building, which has value as a cultural heritage conveying history,
has been reconstructed as a studio while keeping its appearance from former days.