About Art Salon Terakoya

Art Salon Terakoya is an art space renovated from a 300-year-old machiya (townhouse) that used to be terakoya (it was a private elementary school of the Edo period) and is located on the banks of the biggest lake in Japan called Biwako. It has maintained the tradition and style of machiya architecture.

The salon regularly presents art works by recommended artists through the gallery space.

It is a space for artists who have expert skills and can express outstanding beauty to present their work, as well as to introduce works of art to people in Japan and abroad.

About the space

The salon is a building with a 300-year history dating back to the Edo period.

In 2018, it was restored to be resistant to earthquakes and fire, and has become a historical and cultural heritage that retains the atmosphere of a traditional townhouse.


Noh mask artist

Teiichi Iba

Born in Otsu City in 1951. Noh culture has been thriving in Omi since ancient times, and there are many places in Omi that have been used as the stage for Noh performances, such as Chikubushima and Mii Temple. However, with the passage of time, the Noh culture has become somewhat unfamiliar. Fascinated by Noh masks, he has been conducting various activities such as Noh mask-making classes with the aim of making Noh mask culture flourish in the Omi region.


Muramasa Kudo

Born in Fukushima in 1948, moved to Aomori to study under Ryoufu Mayama at Suikei Shoin, and moved to Tokyo in 1964 to produce mainly for the food and beverage industry, and moved to the U.S. in 1980 and settled in Los Angeles. In 1983, he exhibited his work at the first NY ART EXPO, and since then, he has held solo exhibitions throughout the United States after signing three contracts with art dealers, and with an increasing number of enthusiasts in Japan and Europe, he established KUDO STUDIO in 1993, an art and culture salon for young artists. He currently divides his time between Japan and the U.S. and continues to actively pursue his artistic endeavors.


Kristina Mar

Born in Coimbra, Portugal, in 1964, studied sculpture at the Oporto School of Fine Arts and Architecture until 1990.Traveled in Asia between 1990 and 1993, working as a graphic designer in Macao. Prolific solo exhibits and awards in Japan, Italy, Belgium ,Macau, USA and Switzerland .In 1993-94 was a resident artist at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park and since 1999 lives and works in Kyoto Japan, as a independent artist.


Baku Sasaki

Born in Kyoto in 1963, he graduated from Kyoto Seika University in 1985 with a degree in Western-style painting. He has been working mainly on solo exhibitions while focusing on the familiar scenery of Shiga. Traditional paintings are being buried in the ever-expanding information society. What is the ideal form of painting that is not based on trends and styles, but rather on the classics and is still relevant today? He believes that the answer must lie within himself and is pursuing it.

Wood artist

Masakatsu Tajimi

Born in Aichi Prefecture. He has been working as a wood mold maker for 20 years, making car and machine parts out of wood. in 2007, he learned the basics of furniture making at Takayama City Woodwork Art School in Gifu Prefecture, and in 2008, he opened his own furniture studio “Hana” in Aichi Prefecture. In 2017, he held the exhibition “Tajimi Masakatsu, Takahiro Tsuchiashi Work Exhibition” at the Terakoya gallery. He presents his works at events in various places.


Takahiro Tsuchihashi

Born in Osaka in 1966, studied at Osaka Designer’s College from 1985. Joined SUWA Glass Village in 1992, Sanda City Glass Art Museum/Hyogo in 1997. Joined Kurokabe Co., Ltd. in 2000, and became independent in 2013. He is currently working as an artist.

Ceramic artist

Ichishirou Nakagawa

Koto pottery was born in Hikone. After overcoming a long period of one hundred and fifty years, there was a call to revive something that could be called Koto pottery. With the support of the prefecture, the city, and volunteers, a kiln was built in 1986, and production began and continues to this day.

Bead artist

Naomi Maekawa

Living in Ibaraki City, she met her mentor who lived in New York and started making bead accessories in earnest using the needle and thread weaving technique called “off-loom.” She is fascinated by the depth of the off-loom technique, which allows her to create a variety of expressions depending on the tension of the thread and the combination of colors. She would like to enjoy the infinitely expanding world of bead accessories in her own unique way. She currently holds bead workshops at her studio.

Glass artist

Fumihiko Masuda

Born in 1971 in Shiga Prefecture.
In 1993, joined Kurokabe Co., Ltd., specializing in stained glass design and production.
In 1994, studied glass engraving techniques in Austria, specifically in Rattenberg.
Participated in solo and group exhibitions.
Installed glass artworks in public facilities.
In 2024, employed at Kurokabe Cold Glass Studio, Co., Ltd.

Ceramic artist

Kotaro Nakamura

Born in Kyoto in 1980.
Graduated from Ryukoku University’s Faculty of Economics in 2003.
Studied ceramics at Zuikou Kiln Kyoto Ceramics School in 2004.
Completed studies at Kyoto Prefectural Ceramic Technical High School in 2006. Subsequently, studied ceramic techniques in Iga.
Moved the studio to Shigaraki-cho, Koka City, Shiga Prefecture in 2019.
Held a solo exhibition at Kyoto Takashimaya Art and Craft Salon in 2012, and subsequently in 2014, 2017, 2020, and 2022.
Held a solo exhibition at Gifu Takashimaya Art Gallery in 2021.
Held a solo exhibition at Kyoto Ceramics Hall 2F Gallery in 2022.
Held a solo exhibition at Yonago Takashimaya Art Gallery in 2023.
Held a solo exhibition at Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery in 2024.


Tomoyuki Yoshida

Born in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture in 1983, went to Malaga, Spain in 2004, and returned to Japan in 2005. Currently lives and works in Higashiomi City, Shiga Prefecture. He has had solo and group exhibitions in Shiga, Tokyo, Gifu, Aichi, Hyogo, Kyoto, Osaka, Ehime and Michigan.

Stained glass artist

Tomoyoshi Wada

Born in Osaka City in 1950. In 1974, he worked for his family’s glass store. In 1978, he studied stained glass at the Venice Studio (Osaka City). In 1980, established the stained glass studio “Tomusoya” (Toyonaka City). In 1987, won the Incentive Award at the 4th Public Stained Glass Exhibition. In 2019, retired from Tomusoya. In 2020, opened Japoglass Studio (Kawanishi City, Hyogo Prefecture). Solo exhibitions throughout Japan (Hyogo, Osaka, Tokyo, Ehime, Kochi, Kyoto, Shimane, Wakayama)

From the owner

Born in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture. Owner of Art Salon Terakoya.
Studied kimono making at the Fujikage College of Kimono making.
In 1985, I started Etsuko’s Kimono Making Class in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture, and has been teaching kimono sewing techniques and conducting kimono matching.


Kimonos are a traditional Japanese handicraft and a valuable cultural heritage, as they are made by many craftsmen who carefully select materials and polish their skills in several processes. However, with the passage of time, we have noticed that they are gradually fading away and being left behind. In 2010, with the idea of “spreading Japanese traditional handicrafts as art,” I found a 300-year-old building that used to be a terakoya (a private elementary school of the Edo period), and established Gallery Terakoya.

Ten years have passed since the opening of the gallery, and in August 2021, the name was changed to “Art Salon Terakoya.” In the future, I would like to further promote Japanese traditional crafts not only in Japan but also overseas.

With the desire to be a place that connects the maker and the user, we offer a wide range of art from classical to contemporary art, including Japanese and Western paintings, oil paintings, handicrafts, and kimonos, and hope to continue to develop art that combines tradition and art.


Art Salon Terakoya

Address 2-3-6 Kawahara, Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture
TEL +817-4922-1601
FAX +817-4922-1601
E-mail info@artsalonterakoya.com
Represenative Etsuko Kawazoe
Establishment Kimono Salon 1985
Art Salon 2010