In Memoriam: Keiko Kadota

Keiko Kadota at the Impact Conference, Bristol, 2013


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Keiko Kadota on January 10, 2017. She was a great friend and important mentor to many artists within and outside Japan, promoting international understanding through her many projects. As the Director of the Nagasawa Art Park (NAP) residency mokuhanga training program (1997-2011) and its successor the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (MI-LAB) her work has been of special importance in advancing an understanding of mokuhanga, Japanese woodcut, as a creative practice internationally. The network of strong friendships she fostered has resulted in many mokuhanga exhibitions, classes, conferences, presentations and other events in all parts of the world. She was also a supporter of related craft traditions and had a deep understanding and appreciation for washi, Japanese handmade paper. In addition to her work as Director of two Japanese residencies, she initiated the tri-annual International Mokuhanga Conferences. The third of these conferences, IMC2017, will be held in Hawaii September 28 to October 1, 2017. The MI-LAB program will continue to accept applications for residencies, and the Tokyo CfSHE office will continue to offer classes and exhibitions related to mokuhanga. The passion and dedication of Keiko Kadota will be deeply missed, but her programs will continue her legacy of promoting international understanding and cooperation through mokuhanga.

In celebration of her accomplishments, MI-LAB is preparing an exhibition for June 2017 in Cyprus, which has been designated by the EU as European Capital of Culture for the year. It concerns the history of MI-LAB and NAP between 1997 and 2017 with an overview of the development of mokuhanga internationally. As a part of its research, MI-LAB will conduct a survey of NAP and MI-LAB alumni regarding their mokuhanga print publications, their other creative work including work with washi paper, their careers in educational fields, and the launch of new studios and residencies. This research will be presented at the Third International Mokuhanga Conference, Hawaii, with a small farewell celebration for Keiko, whose work so profoundly influenced the lives of so many artists, craftspeople and educators.
 (Written by April Vollmer for MI-LAB Committee Board)

For further information about Keiko Kadota’s continuing programs: Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (MI-LAB) residency program:; International Mokuhanga Conference (IMC2017) Hawaii:




二か所の日本国内レジデンスのディレクターを兼ねるかたわら、彼女は3年毎に行われる国際木版画会議を創設、開始する運びに持っていきました。第3回の会議はIMC2017として初めて日本国外のハワイで9月28日から10月1日に開催されます。MI-LAB プログラムは、引き続きレジデンスプログラムの申請を受入れます、又東京CfSHE事務所は引き続き木版画に関する講習、展示会を提供していく所存です。


彼女の業績を祝い、MI-LABは、2017年6月欧州連合(EU)の欧州の今年の文化首都として指定されたキプロスでの展覧会を準備しています。この展示は、MI-LAB と 長沢アートパーク(NAP)の1997年から2017年の歴史と木版画の国際化の発展の概要に関するものです。

MI-LAB 委員会会員 エイプリル ヴァルマー 書

2017年 3月