Exhibitions and Events

This section is designed to give you information about upcoming and ongoing exhibitions, sales and other events, related to netsuke and sagemono, okimono, lacquerware, sword fittings and other artistic crafts that may be of your interest. Please note that netsuke may not be the main items on show in some of the events posted here.



Prince and Princess Takamado Collection @ Tokyo National Museum

Some 50 works of netsuke selected from Their Highnesses' donations are on view at the Takamado Collection Room on the 2nd floor of the Museum's main building. Works on display are rotated 3 times a year.

The current period is from April 25 to July 30, 2017. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.

Kyoto prefecture

May 20 - August 13, 2017

Exhibition at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

"Works by Imperial Household Artists "
On display will be maki-e lacquerware by Shibata Zeshin, Ikeda Taishin, Kawanobe Itcho and Shirayama Shosai, who were Imperial Household Artists in the Meiji period. Includes inro ensemble. (Please note that there may not be many netsuke on display.)

Upcoming Exhibitions at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum:
August 19 - November 12, 2017
"Yatate and Tobacco Pouches"

November 18, 2017 - February 11, 2017
"Sword Fittings by Kyoto Artisans"

[Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum]
Address: 337-1 Kiyomizu-sanchome, Sanneizaka Kita-iru, Kiyomizudera-monzen, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862
Fax: 075-532-4271
Directions: Take the city bus No. 206 or No. 100 departing from Kyoto Station (JR line), and get off at Kiyomizumichi Stop. The Museum is 10 minutes' walk from the Stop.
Website: http://www.sannenzaka-museum.co.jp

Leaflet, Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum (c) 2017


March 1, 2017 - January 5, 2018

Exhibition at Ten-ichi Museum

"Inro: Treasures in the Palm of Your Hand"

On view are inro and netsuke from the Museum's collection. The netsuke are shown to public for the first time.

[Ten-ichi Museum]
Address: Tanigawa, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma 379-1619
Closed from January 6 to February 28.
Direction: About 7 minutes by taxi from the JR Minakami Station
Website: http://tenichi-museum.com/top/


April 22 - July 2, 2017

Exhibition at Tobacco and Salt Museum

"The Sophisticated Women and Men of Edo as Seen in their Kimonos and Accessories: With a Focus on the Nakamura Collection"
This exhibition introduces Japanese people's sense of aesthetics and distinctive sense of dressing throughout the displays of kimono and pouches made during the Edo, Taisho, and Showa periods. Most of the exhibits are drawn from the collection of Mr. Nakamura Kiyoshi who ran Nakamura Shop of pouches in Tokyo.

[Tobacco and Salt Museum]
Address: 1-16-3 Yokokawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0003
Website: https://www.jti.co.jp/Culture/museum_e/index.html

Kyoto prefecture

April 1 - 30; May 2 - 31; June 1 - 30, 2017

Exhibition at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

"Netsuke Exhibitions"

Several Hundreds of netsuke, mostly contemporary, are displayed in the only existing samurai residence in the city of Kyoto.

The April exhibition showcases 35 netsuke made by contemporary artists throughout Japan with the subject of "courage". The May exhibition features netsuke by the artist Kukan, and the June exhibition focuses on netsuke by the artist Hideaki.

[Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum]
Address: 46-1 Mibukayogosho-cho, Chukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-8811
Website: http://www.netsukekan.jp/en/


May 27 - July 23, 2017

Exhibition at Kokugakuin University Museum

"Special Exhibition Prince Takamado Netsuke Collection"

This exhibition showcases some 280 works of netsuke from the Edo period to the present time, selected from HIH Prince Takamado's Collection, to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the establishment of the Kokugakuin University and the 130th anniversary of the University's Alumni Association.

[Kokugakuin University Museum]
Address: Kokugakuin Univ. Shibuya Campus, 4-10-28 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8440
Closed on Monday, June 19, 2017
Website: http://museum.kokugakuin.ac.jp Admission free

Leaflet, Kokugakuin University Museum (c) 2017


June 30 - July 2, 2017

Sale at Pulse Plaza

"The Kyoto Antique Fair"

This is an antique fair where many antique dealers have booths, including some dealers who sell netsuke. For example, at the SAGEMONOYA's booth, over 200 items including Netsuke, Inro, Ojime, Yatate and other Sagemono due to be displayed. Free appraisal for Netsuke and Sagemono offered at the booth. (SAGEMONOYA staff say, "Newly arrived items can be viewed at SAGEMONOYA's Shinjuku Gyoen Gallery at any time, so please come visit us in Tokyo, too.")

Venue: Pulse Plaza Main Hall
Address: 5 Tobadono-cho, Takeda, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Free shuttle bus from bus stop no.4 at west exit of the Takeda Station (subway and Kintetsu line).
Open hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm (except the final day closing at 4:00pm)
Admission free


June 23 - 25, 2017
September 15 - 17, 2017
December 8 - 10, 2017

Sale at Tokyo Ryutsu Center Bldg, Heiwajima

"Heiwajima Antiques Fair"

The oldest and most famous antique fair in Japan. More than 280 dealers from around the country participate in this show, including some dealers who sell netsuke and sagemono. It takes place for 3 days, 5 times a year.

At the Tokyo Ryutsu Center Bldg, Heiwajima
Address: 6-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Directions: Near Ryutsu-center station (3rd stop) on the Tokyo Monorail from the JR Hamamatsu-cho station
Open hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm (closed at 4:00pm on the final day of the fair)
Website: http://www.kottouichi.com


Milan, Italy


Exhibition at Museo Poldi Pezzoli

"Netsuke from the Lanfranchi Collection"
In 2005 this museum in Milan received some 400 netsuke collected by the Mr. Giacinto Lanfranchi (1889-1971), a part of which is on display (as of October 2013).

[Museo Poldi Pezzoli]
Address: Via Manzoni 12 - 20121 Milano, Italy
Tel: 0039-02794-889


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