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 Prince 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 July 24 to October 14, 2018. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.

Saitama prefecture

August 15 - 21, 2018

Exhibition and sale at Art Gallery in Sogo Omiya Department Store

"The Exhibition of Contemporary Netsuke"

Exhibition and sale of netsuke created with new ideas and sense, by contemporary artists who inherited traditional techniques.

[Art Gallery at Sogo Omiya Department Store (7th floor)]
Address: 1-6-2 Sakuragicho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 330-9530
Tel: 048-646-2111
Directions: Near the west exit of Omiya Station (JR line)
Open hours: 10:00am - 8:00pm
The Art Gallery will be closed at 5:00pm on the final day
Sogo Omiya Department Store is open throughout August
Website: http://www.sogo-gogo.com

Postcard, Sogo Omiya Department Store (c) 2018

Kyoto prefecture

August 25 - November 18, 2018

Exhibition at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

"Inro, Ojime, and Netsuke"
On view will be selected works of inro, ojime, and netsuke.

[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

Kyoto prefecture

July 1 - 31; August 1 - 31; September 1 - 30, 2018

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 July exhibition shows netsuke by the artist Yoka. The August exhibition features netsuke by the artist Toun, and the September exhibition focuses on netsuke by the artist Kangyoku.

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

Leaflet, Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum (c) 2018


September 14 - 16, 2017
December 7 - 9, 2017

Sale at Tokyo Ryutsu Center Bldg, Heiwajima

"Heiwajima Antiques Fair"

The oldest and most famous antique fair in Japan. Nearly 300 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


Khabarovsk City, Russia

August 24 - September 14, 2018

Traveling Exhibition at the Far-Eastern Art Museum

"Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke"

As a traveling exhibition organized by the Japan Foundation, this show introduces the attraction of netsuke to the world through the display of some 60 works of contemporary wood-carved netsuke by Japanese artists.

From April on, the exhibition will travel on to Mongolia, Nepal, and Kazakhstan. It will further take place in other parts of the globe for about 10 years. Small catalogue is published.

Koryuen's recommendation: Ryushi's 'Woman Entertainer' that is shown in the 'Netsuke Carving' page of Koryuen (
e-carving.html ) and is also filmed by the NPR Facebook is on display. A short video clip of the carving of the work (that I filmed at home!) will also be available for viewing at the exhibition.

[The Far-Eastern Art Museum]
Website: http://двхм.рф

For more information, please go to the Japan Foundation's website at the following URL:


Image, The Japan Foundation (c) 2018

London, UK

November, 2018 (date to be announced)

Auction sale at Bonhams, New Bond Street

"The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke, Part III"
Auction sale of fine netsuke from the Katchen collection. (Catalogue will be available approximately four weeks before the auction.)

Address: 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR, UK
Attention: Japanese Art Department
E-mail: japanese@bonhams.com
Website: http://www.bonhams.com/japanese

Ad, Bonhams (c) 2018

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
Website: http://www.museopoldipezzoli.it


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