1952    Born in Wajima, Ishikawa-ken, Japan
1981     Began study of traditional lacquer production and design
1985    Established Kitamura Studio
1986    Produced first Inro
1992    Inro purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
1994    Solo exhibition Paris, Solo exhibition Chicago
1995    Solo Exhibition Vienna
1996    Solo Exhibition Nomura Art Museum, Kyoto
2000   Solo exhibition Nomura Art Museum, Kyoto
2002   Solo exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2003    Aroma Lacquer Exhibition  Pola Annex  Ginza Japan
International Asian Art Fair, New York
International Art and Design Fair New York
2006   Established The Shikokenkyukai (SKK) NPO and elected Representative Director
Solo Exhibition, Art Gallery NSW, Sydney Australia Official Aus-Japan Year of
Exchange Event
Aroma  Hamilton Art Gallery International Lacquer Seminar and Demonstration
Official Aus-Japan Year of Exchange Event  Group Show Unryuan and SKK
Wajima Lacquer Museum, Wajima, Japan
“Japanese Lacquer” Foundation Anniversary Lecture National Art University of Peking
2007   Unryuan and Friends   Group show Time Gallery Ginza
Invited Lecturer, Ise Shrine Japan
2008   Art and Antiques Dubai
Itabeni  Lipstick Palettes  Beni Museum Isehan  Aoyama Tokyo Judge and Invited Exhibitor
2009    Tenshodo Ginza Tokyo  Mojiban Watch Face Competition and Exhibition
Invited Exhibitor  5 of 9 main prizes went to Kitamura Kobo including first prize
Joint project co-ordinator of team of young artists sponsored by Ishikawa Prefecture to revive traditional arts through study of Date Family incense game set
2011    Project Director‘ The Regeneration of Craft* Uwajima Date Incence Set Replication’   Exhibited Beni Museum Isehan  Aoyma Tokyo
Work acquired by National Gallery of Australia
Work acquired by AGNSW
100 Flowers Recent Asian Acquisitions AGNSW
‘Measuring the new time of Japanese beauty; Exhibition of lacquer watch faces’ Kanazawa Shii Reception Hall
2012    Art Crafting towards the future, 21st Century Museum of Art, Kanazawa Japan

Art Gallery of NSW Sydney Australia
HIH Princess, Takamado Japan
Hodgkinson Collection, Sydney, Australia
Ise Jingu  Imperial Shrine Collection Japan
21st Century Museum of Art, Kanazawa
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
National Gallery of Australia
Nomura Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Pauline Gandel Collection of  Japanese Lacquer, Melbourne, Australia
Peggy and Richard Danziger Collection, New York
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Numerous private collections in Japan, USA, UK, Europe and Australia

Lesley Kehoe