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 April 16 to July 28, 2019. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.


March 16 - May 10, 2019

Exhibition at Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum, Tokyo

"The Blossoming of Imperial Culture: Technique and Aesthetic in the Adornments of the Meiji court"

On view are tableware and dresses used at Imperial Palace banquets as well as the works of arts and crafts by Imperial Household Artists (who were appointed to preserve traditional culture).

Koryuen's recommendation: The exhibits include two inro by Zeshin. Those are the only netsuke-related items, but also displayed are okimono and writing boxes by renowned artists (who also made netsuke and inro).

[Sen-oku Hakukokan Museum, Tokyo]
Address: 1-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Closed on Mondays (except April 29, May 5), April 16, 30, and May 7
Website: https://www.sen-oku.or.jp


April 20 - 28, 2019

Exhibition and sale at Gallery Hanakagesho

"Mansei Uehara Netsuke Exhibition"

Solo exhibition of the artist Mansei, who pursues the possibilities and ideas of kagamibuta (metal disc) netsuke and the joy of making netsuke and other things.

[Gallery Hanakagesho]
Address: 1-1-14-202 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0031
Directions: 1 minute's walk from the "Nezu crossing" exit of Nezu Station (Chiyoda line)
Tel/Fax: 03-3827-1323
Open hours: 1:00pm - 7:00pm (closing at 6:00pm on the final day of the exhibition)
Closed on Monday, April 22
E-mail: netsukeya@hanakagesho.com
Website: http://www.hanakegesho.com

Image, Hanakagesho (c) 2019

Kyoto prefecture

April 2 - 29; May 1 - 31; June 1 - 30, 2019

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 shows netsuke by the artist Hosen. The May exhibition features netsuke by the artist Kozan, and the June exhibition focuses on netsuke by the artist Motomasa.

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

Shizuoka prefecture

April 1 - May 19, 2019

Exhibition at Kakegawa Ninomaru Museum of Art

"Stylish Tobacco Pouches"
This exhibition explores the craftsmanship of those who made tobacco pouches and the spirits of the owners through the display of many tobacco pouches from the Museum's Kinoshita collection and private collections.

Koryuen's recommendation: Contemporary artist Tadamine will give a carving demonstration from 10:00am to 12 noon on Sunday, April 21!

[Kakegawa Ninomaru Museum of Art]
Address: 1142-1 Kakegawa, Kakegawa-shi, Shizuoka 436-0079
Fax: 0537-62-2062
Directions: 10 minutes' walk from Kakegawa Station (JR line)
Open hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm (enter by 4:30pm)
Closed on Monday, April 22
Website: http://www.kakegawa-artpark.com/ninomaru/

Leaflet, Kakegawa Ninomaru Museum of Art (c) 2019

A display of netsuke at GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS, 6th floor of GINZA SIX, Tokyo
A small number of antique netsuke is on display (in cooperation with SAGEMONOYA) at the Japanese sword section of GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS that specializes in art books.

GINZA SIX website: https://ginza6.tokyo


Bacolod City, Phillippines

May 1 - 26, 2019

Traveling Exhibition at Ayala Capitol Central

"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.

The exhibition 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.

[Ayala Capitol Central]
Website: http://www.ayalamalls.com.ph

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


Image, The Japan Foundation (c) 2018


London, UK

May 15, 2019

Auction sale at Bonhams, New Bond Street

"The Robert S. Huthart Collection of Iwami Netsuke"
This auction sale features Iwami netsuke from Mr. Robert S. Huthart, a famous collector of Iwami netsuke.

Catalogue is usually available about four weeks before the auction:

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

Ad, Bonhams (c) 2019

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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