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QPlease tell us how you started working in antique art.
ABirthplace ran an antique dealer. Since my father was a late child, I wanted to support my elderly father as much as possible.
QWhen did you start helping your father’s work. What kind of thought did you have at that time.
AI was 19 years old when I started helping my father work. Anyway, it was vague, so I honestly didn’t think too much about it at that time.
QWhat kind of guidance did you receive from your father. What is especially memorable.
AThe first thing I learned from my father was industry rules and how to handle works. There were many things that I actually learned on-site while looking at my back, including how to serve customers. What impressed me especially was my mental strength. He had a really ups and downs personality, and he was calm and calm in everything, and he felt a sense of security.
QWhat do you keep in mind to cultivate a certain aesthetic eye.
AAnyway, it’s about actually picking up and seeing a lot of works. If it suits you, get it and decorate or use it around you. The masterpiece has a unique atmosphere, and by accumulating experience in handling works with a solid history, you will naturally acquire the judgment of authenticity.
QWhat do you keep in mind when purchasing artworks at auctions.
AI try to get works that touch my heart intuitively without any discomfort. Large-scale auctions in Japan take two to three days, and thousands of items are put up for sale, but only a few of them have a special feeling. Even if you can’t get it because you have no connection, I think that the challenge will be a source of long life for the dealer.
QPlease tell us the real thrill of this job.
AI feel when I can intuitively get a work that comes into me. We are also very happy that our customers can sympathize and be happy. As the world becomes more convenient and rational, I want to cherish the human affluence that I truly think is beautiful.


QWhen was the company founded.
AFounded in 1976.
QPlease tell me the origin of the store name.
AIs it a longing for the beauty of the mature Tenpyo culture of art. My father’s brother had a store name of “HAKUHODO”, so I think he was very close to him.
QWhat is your specialty in antique art.
ASpecialized field is Kyushu ancient ceramics, but we handle a wide range of modern art and tea utensils.
QPlease tell us the reason why you chose Hakata as the place to open your store.
AHakata has long had a longing to be the largest city in the Kyushu region. When I moved from Kitakyushu, where my father had a store, I was thinking about the option of Tokyo, but I chose Hakata, including the place of birth. My specialty is Kyushu’s ancient ceramics, so I would like to take pride in the local area and move forward.
QI heard that there are not a few overseas customers. Are there any points to keep in mind when communicating with them.
AThere is a language barrier to contact with overseas customers. The nuances may differ due to differences in lifestyle, but I always try to treat them with my heart, both domestically and internationally.
Q Can you give some advice on how to “see” and “feel” art works for beginners.
AI think it’s best to visit many museums and events, or simply enjoy it from the bottom of your heart. I think that choosing things that you are satisfied with and that are valuable will nurture a rich heart and form a good flow. Favorite works give individuality, and good tools are dignified.
QFinally, what kind of existence do you want Tenpeido to be for you.
AWe dealers are in a position to be selected by our customers, and it is natural that we have the correct view as a professional on the road. I want to aim for a rich and enjoyable store where I can naturally interact with a wide range of customers who are interested in art.