Plenus 米食文化研究所

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The academy's art collection consists of works
 that embodies novel creativity while still
 carrying on traditional craftsmanship.

Morimitsu Hosokawa Pottery

Morimitsu Hosokawa is the scion of the Hosokawa family, old Higo Kumamoto's lord. Working in the beautiful nature of Aso, his work harnesses the beauty of the clay itself. The vase accentuates the features of the flowers it depicts.

There was no predetermined design for the vase. The form appeared in the process of making it. It was heated for ten days in a kiln. Ash glazes the surface and the parts buried in the charcoal leave a darker tone. The vase amuses viewers with its shifting appearance.

Morimitsu Hosokawa

1972 : Born in Tokyo and grew up in Kumamoto
1999 : Studied under Masatake Fukumori at the kiln in Iga Collaborated with his father, Morihiro Hosokawa, at the kiln in Yugawara.
2006 : Opened own kiln in Kumamoto
2008 : First solo exhibition at Gallery Shibunkaku in Kyoto.
Other solo shows at Kaiden Gallery (Shinjuku), Nanohana (Odawara), Mitsukoshi Department Store (Nihonbashi), Tsuruya Department Store (Kumamoto), Tenmaya (Okayama) and more.
2014 : Studied under Masatake Fukumori at the kiln in Iga Worked in Raku pottery at Raku kiln in Yugawara

Noriaki Etoh Art Glass

Noriaki Etoh works in Kobe. With the theme of "Salt Well", implying a spring of life, various types of glass and etching techniques embody a swelling wave pattern. Embracing the transparency of the glass, the work captures the growing water ripples. The arch shape is inspired by Nihonbashi Bridge in Tokyo.

Noriaki Etoh

1973 : Born in Kobe, Hyogo
1996 : Graduated from the Architecture Department, Osaka University of Arts
Major Works
2005 : PLENUS Co.,LTD.
1F EV Hall / Company's Symbol Object
Waiting Hall / Cube Glass
2014 : The Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
Main Art Object
 The ceiling is covered with
 Japanese Washi paper made
 in Tottori prefecture. 100% kozo
 plant paper uses the "Tamezuki"
 technique and each paper is made by
 hand. Lighting is adjusted so that guests can
 feel the texture of the Washi paper. While the
 concept of the ceiling is the cosmos, the flooring reminds
 us of the earth's soil. The material is dyed slowly so that
each sheet has different and unique gradations in color.

Photo Gallery

Seasons of Tanada

the Tea Room

Art Glass

Morimitsu Hosokawa


The Plenus "Kokoro" Academy primarily consists of the Tea Room, a space for hospitality, Seasons of Tanada, a work that depicts the primeval Japanese landscape, and the Library, used for seminars and meetings. The Japan's Food Culture Archive research project mainly takes place in the Library, and we also store items such as research materials there as well.

Our cultural exchange program "L'atelier de Yayoi" is located in the tea room so that our international guests can experience Japanese culture or in the atrium for events and exhibitions.