Uncho is an immensely talented coordinator and is even called the Michelangelo of Echigo. Every one of his sculpture, whether it is carved out of wood or rock, his screen paintings, plaster work and shoji screens, dynamically express his world view. Trace the footsteps of Uncho, who still captivates people after 150 years.
Uncho Ishikawa (1814 – 1883) Born in Zoshigaya, Edo (now Tokyo). Known as the master carver of Ishikawa School. Legend has it that he arrived in Echigo with another famous craftsman Kobayashi Gentaro and collaborated with him on the Kongo Rikishi statues at Mikuni Gongen Shrine in Mikuni Pass. He later marries into his wife’s family, the Sakais of Sanjo, but tales of him coming to Echigo on condition that he is given “good sake and chisels for life” and of his gambling, which resulted in him producing pieces for Eirinji Temple, give an idea to the sort of wild character he must have been.