A Functional and Beautiful Sukiyaki Pot

Purpose of The Collaboration

After retiring from his career as a professional footballer, Nakata Hidetoshi traveled the country to learn about Japanese crafts and food. His experiences became the foundation for his current work as an active promoter of Japanese culture. For this collaboration, Nakata worked with the metalsmith Sakai Naoki to create a sukiyaki pot that is both functional and beautiful. Sakai is a metalsmith who works iron to make kettles and everyday tools as well as metal sculptures. His works demonstrate an awareness of the movements of the user and feature logical forms that accentuate their spatial surroundings. This collaboration provided an opportunity for Nakata and Sakai, who have worked together in the past, to take a fresh approach.

Nakata Hidetoshi

Born in 1977, Nakata is a former professional footballer. He currently lives in Tokyo. After retiring from sports, Nakata spent seven and a half years traveling Japan’s 47 prefectures to learn about Japanese culture. In 2015, he established the Japan Craft Sake Company and began pursuing enterprises related to traditional Japanese crafts and sake. Nakata is a visiting professor for the College of Business Administration at Rikkyo University and the Honorary Director of the National Crafts Museum (Kanazawa).

Nakaomi Hajime, Morita Yasumichi, Nakata Hidetoshi
Infinite Shadow
Madake (bamboo)|Nijukushime-ami, yatara-ami, sukashiajiro-ami,
dyeing, fuki urushi (wiped lacquer) finish
240×164×164 cm
Collection of Aoki Nobuaki

Sakai Naoki

Born in 1973 in Gunma Prefecture, Sakai is based in Kanazawa (Ishikawa Prefecture) and teaches in Yamagata Prefecture. He received a doctorate in metalsmithing from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2003. From 2013 to 2018, he served as an instructor at the Kanazawa Utatsuyama Crafts Workshop. Since 2019, Sakai has been an associate professor of crafts in the Department of Fine Arts at the Tohoku University of Art and Design.

Iron kettle
Iron, lacquer|Hammering
25 × 17 × 16 cm