Kosi Hidama was born in Okayama, Japan. In 1993, he relocated to Belgium to work as a dancer. His subsequent career in dance and performance with Belgian and European artists took him to the essence of Occidental aesthetics, and while living as a foreigner in Europe, he simultaneously discovered the profound value of Japanese culture and the various possibilities of beauty and philosophy that it could still offer. After the catastrophic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident in Fukushima, Hidama met potters who had been forced to evacuate. As a result of this meeting, he experienced profound sorrow, not only for the artisans from Fukushima who had fled for their lives, but also for all of the traditional, skilled craftsmanship that is disappearing around the world. Hidama became fascinated by the possibility of pottery as an art form and began creating his own works, aiming to discover what he, through his Japanese culture, could offer to Europe. Soon after, he started studying pottery at the Academie Beeldende Kunsten Anderlecht in Brussels. Axel Vervoordt became interested in Hidama's work, and in 2013 invited him to collaborate. Currently, Hidama creates pieces both for the Axel Vervoordt Company, as well as for his own studio.