Jim King, founder of Shogun's Gallery Inc. has spent over twenty years bringing his passion for Japanese and Chinese art and furniture to Portland and the Northwest. Jim lived in Japan for over ten years starting in 1969. During this time he became an avid collector of Japanese antiques, and later through an arduous two year period in the late 1970's became a licensed dealer of antiques in Japan, a daunting task for a foreigner. Before Jim came along it was said that it was simply impossible for a foreign person to get one of these licenses, and even now there is only a small handful of non-Japanese antique dealers. Throughout the Pacific Northwest Jim is sought out for his expertise and hands on knowledge of Asian Art. He is a frequent guest lecturer to museum, college and special study groups where he enjoys spreading his passion for the oriental arts he loves and has come to know so well.
Kimiko King, is originally from Japan and was educated in Japan and the United States, receiving her MA in Applied Linguistic and TESOL. She taught Japanese at Portland State University and was President of King’s Language School in Japan for 10 years before getting involved in her husband’s ever evolving antique business. She has acted as translator, accountant, coordinator and custom’s broker in Japan, as well as being the backbone of Shogun’s Gallery as it grew and evolved in Portland. Currently taking on other challenges such as studying Chinese language and culture, she remains a vital part of the Shogun’s team.
Kyle Cook has been involved with Japan and the Kings for many years. As an Asian Arts major he studied abroad in China and Japan. He taught at the King's language school in Japan for several years, then returned to Portland to work in his family's interior design business. During this time he kept up his Asian connection by escorting professionals from around the world on trips to China and hosting Japanese professionals while they were on trips to the U.S. with the Citizen Ambassador Program. In 1998 he returned to Shogun’s Gallery as the store manager and goes on frequent buying trips to China and Japan. His flair for design and his eye for quality is considerable and he spends much of his time assisting our customers in finding just the right Japanese or Chinese piece to complement their contemporary homes.
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