Kurotake was born and raised in the historic heart and cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto, and this is where he flourished. He founded the Kurochiku Group as well as being the Director General of the Kyoto International Craft Center, Tourism Ambassador for Kyoto, and Deputy Director of the Special Committee for the Conservation of Kyoto City. His versatility doesn't stop there, at his core he is an artist and he exercises his craft everyday by creating, designing, producing, reforming and innovating art, always faithful to traditional Japanese concepts. His country is his passion, and his life is his expression of it.
Genroku kosode style, in particular, can be considered the origin of the modern kimono. This style flourished from the Momoyama period (1573-1615) to the early Edoperiod (1615-1868). Its designs have been passed down as a symbol of wealth and authority as well as a source of the unique Japanese sense of beauty. This exhibition presented folding screens reflecting this kind of beauty and sensibility which illuminate the history of Japan. The pieces were designed by Kurotake and hand made by artisans in Kyoto.