小林ミドリ


Midori Kobayashi (Bamboo Work Artisan)


Yellow Ribbon Medal award.
Japan Folk Art Association Orchestra Highest award.
Niigata Prefecture Governor Award.




     1914: She was born in Sasakami Village Oaza of Imaita District in Niigata Prefecture, Kitakanbara Group on December 10th.
        Imaita district is currently known as Agano City.

     1924: Her parents were genuine bamboo basket artisans.
        They have taught her their techniques since the age of 10 when she started making bamboo baskets.

     1972: She exhibited her work at the Japan Folk Art Competition in November for the first time and was awarded the Grand Prize.
        It was then that Imaita's bamboo baskets began to be evaluated as a beautiful folk art rather than products of necessities for life.
        Their work began to take the limelight of the world gradually.

     1975 : She was given an award for her livelihood achievements by the mayor of Sasakami Village in November.

     1976: She was awarded the highest award at the second Japan Folk Art Competition she attended in November.

     1978: She won the highest award three times at the Japan Folk Art Competition from 1978 to 1980.

     1982: There is a famous Gozu hot spring close to Imaita district. The hot spring is known for Takeshita Yumeji famous painting.
        She was inspired by that painting which led to her ingenious bamboo baskets. She named these baskets "Yumeji Kago" or "Yumeji's basket.
        After that, Yumeji Kago became very prevalent. A lot of orders flooded their factory, so production was not able to meet quotas.
        Her excellent bamboo basket technology of 50 years was evaluated by the Japan Institute of Folk Art Association in June
        she was honored by the associations board chairman.
        She was awarded the "Niigata Governor Award" as the outstanding technician in November.

     1984: She was recognized for her many years of achievement by the Prime Minister's Office of Japan
        she was awarded the "Yellow Ribbon Medal" by the Imperial Household Agency on November 14 which brings us to the present.