Hyogu studio Kougodo

KOUGODO is a Japanese Kakejiku and Byobu artisanal studio, established in 1923 by my grandfather, Tameo.  KOUGODO has its office in Sakurai City, a city believed to be the center of early Japan, in Nara Prefecture. I am the third owner of KOUGODO, and am accredited by the Japanese Society for the Conservation of Cultural Property, as a Grade 1 Hyogu Master.  I provide high-quality repairs and restoration of Japanese works of art. You are sure to be satisfied with our services.



Hello! My name is Toshio Shimaoka, the store owner and Grade 1 Hyogu Master. Your satisfaction is very important to me. I will do my best to accommodate my customers’ wishes. Please do not hesitate to contact me.


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【 How to inquire 】
Please ask by e-mail.  I will reply by e-mail within 10 days.

When I estimate repair and restoration of your Japanese works, I need explanation of the situation of damages, the photographs of your Japanese works, and the size.

  • Explanation of the situation of damages
    Please explain in detail where is damaged, how the damage is, and so on.
    Please tell me if you have wishes about your Japanese works to repair or restore.
  • The photographs of your Japanese works
    Please send me several high-definition photographs of your Japanese works with e-mail.
    One is a whole photograph of your Japanese works, another is a damaged portion.
  • Size
    Please tell me the size of width, depth, and height of your Japanese work.
    If it has a Honshi(painting part), I want to know its size of length and width

Your estimate of Japanese works will be changed by the kind of materials that will be used, and the method of repair / restoration. So I will make several estimates for you.
However, since I can’t estimate exactly if I don’t see the actual thing, please understand that the estimate to present is an "outline."  

You send e-mail to the following address.


And, Please write the following items in the e-mail

  1. Your name
  2. Your address
  3. Your e-mail address
  4. Your Telephone number
  5. The contents of an inquiry
  6. Size

Don’t forget to attach photographs