Katsushiro Soho was named a Living National Treasure
by the Japanese government in 2005.
There are three types of Japanese National Treasures:
1. National Treasures: paintings (art works), buildings, etc.
2. Living Natinal Treasures: person who have distinguishing skills in catagories, such as music, dance, ceramics, bamboo, paper-making, kimono fabrics, etc.
3. Important Intengible Culture Asset: consists of groups who deserve, maintain traditional craft skills, etc. (specific techniques used in a particular craft).