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Inaba Kinunken is the second most important study in Kyoto after Namikawa Yasusuki; The Inaba family opened the factory in 1871.

Inaba, a native of the island of Shikoku, moved to Kyoto in 1868 near the studios of Kinkozan and Namikawa Yasusuki and in 1877 began to decorate his works.

He participated in international exhibitions where he received medals in Vienna in 1873, Paris 1878, Amsterdam 1883 and New Orleans 1884-85.

In St. Louis, in 1904, he won the gold medal.