In OKUDA NY restaurant, we represent not only authentic Japanese cuisine, but also the fine traditions, culture and hospitality of Japan. Thanks to Master Akito Akagi, prestigious Wajima lacquer artist, we are able to arrange the counter with his work, Wajima lacquer art. You will enjoy our authentic Japanese cuisine dishes while rediscovering the beauty of Japanese culture.
Born in Okayama Prefecture. Started as an editor for Kateigaho magazine at Sekai Bunka Publishing. Decided to move to Wajima City of Ishikawa Prefecture in 1988 to apprentice under a base-coating master of Wajima lacquer. Left the master in 1994 to work independently.
Exhibited in the “Twelve Lacquer Artists in Contemporary Japan” at the National Museum of Germany in 1997, “Utsuwa o Miru—Kurashi ni Ikizuku Kougei” (A Look at Tableware—Crafts Found in Everyday Living) at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 2000, and “Corridor of Beauty in Okayama” at Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art in 2010. His work is part of the collection at Pinakothek der Moderne, the largest design museum in Europe. Have gained critical acclaim through exhibitions in Germany and Switzerland. Has a large fan base both within Japan and abroad.