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.


August 1 - 8, 2017

Exhibition at Kyukyodo Gallery, Ginza

"The 6th Solo Exhibition of Ito Tadatsuna"

Solo exhibition of the artist Tadatsuna. On view will be his works of netsuke and calligraphy that show his individuality.

[Kyukyodo Gallery, Ginza]
Address: 3F of the Kyukyodo, 5-7-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Open hours: 11:00am - 7:00pm (closing at 5:00pm on the final day of the exhibition)
Website: http://www.kyukyodo.co.jp


July 22 - 30, 2017

Exhibition and sale at Gallery Hanakagesho

"Works of Kanai Mao and Nakakaji Mabu"

Offered for viewing and sale are netsuke, maki-e lacquerware and shell-inlay plaques, depicting animals from wild life and fairy tales, by the artist Mao, as well as animal netsuke and precious-stone carving by the artist Mabu.

The August issue of the art magazine Gekkan Bijutsu runs an article on this show.

[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 (except the final day closing at 6:00pm)
Closed on Monday, July 24
E-mail: netsukeya@hanakagesho.com
Website: http://www.hanakegesho.com

Postcard, Hanakagesho (c) 2017


October 27 - 29, 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, many items such as Netsuke, Inro, Ojime, Yatate and other Sagemono due to be displayed. Free appraisal for Netsuke and Sagemono offered at the booth.

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

Kyoto prefecture

July 1 - 30; August 1 - 31; September 1 - 30, 2016

Exhibition at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

"Exhibitions of Netsuke Art"

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

The three special exhibitions, each held for one month, will feature netsuke by the artist Miyazawa Hosen in July; netsuke by the artist Ijiri Shuko in August; netsuke in the theme of kouta (Japanese traditional ballads sung to the shamisen) in September.

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

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/


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


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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