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 October 24, 2017 to January 28, 2018. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.


November 18 - 26, 2017

Exhibition and sale at Gallery Hanakagesho

"Shisui and Douho Exhibition"

Offered for viewing and sale are netsuke of the same theme by Shisui and Douho, the two new artists with contrasting experiences and background.

[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 Thursday, November 20
E-mail: netsukeya@hanakagesho.com
Website: http://www.hanakegesho.com

Postcard, Hanakagesho (c) 2017


November 9 - 22, 2017

Exhibition and sale at Artglorieux, 5th floor of GINZA SIX

"Unryuan and Kiryusha of Exquisite Japanese Urushi Art"

This exhibition showcases the exquisite works of urushi (lacquer) by Unryuan and Kiryusha (group of young artists), including 5 netsuke and 6 inro ensembles.

[Artglorieux, 5th floor of GINZA SIX]
Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Closed at 6 pm on the final day of the exhibition
Website: https://ginza6.tokyo.e.abf.hp.transer.com/news/15290

"Unryuan and Kiryusha of Exquisite Japanese Urushi Art"
Traveling Exhibition Schedules

Daimaru Shinsaibashi, Osaka
December 13 - 19, 2017

Matsuzakaya Nagoya
February 7 - 13, 2018

Kanagawa prefecture

November 28 - December 4, 2017

Exhibition and sale at Art Gallery in Sogo Yokohama 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 Yokohama Department Store (6th floor)]
Address: 2-18-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 220-8510
Tel: 045-465-5506 (direct)
Directions: In front of the east exit of Yokohama Station (JR, Tokyu-toyoko, Keihin-kyuko, Sagami-tetsudo, Yokohama-shiei subway lines)
Open hours: 10:00am - 8:00pm
The Art Gallery will be closed at 4:00pm on the final day of the exhibition
Sogo Yokohama Department Store is open throughout November and December
Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/sogo/

Postcard, Sogo Yokohama Department Store (c) 2017

Kyoto prefecture

October 1 - 31; November 1 - 30; December 1 - 29, 2017

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.

Featured are netsuke by the artist Inoue Takeshi (October); Autumn netsuke by various artist (November); Netsuke by the artist Kawahara Meishu/Akihide (December).

[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) 2017

Chiba prefecture

January 20 - February 18, 2018

Exhibition at Sakura City Museum of Art

"Exhibition of Netsuke"

This exhibition introduces the attraction of netsuke with a display of antique netsuke and inro, together with contemporary netsuke.

[Sakura City Museum of Art]
Address: 210 Shinmachi, Sakura-shi, Chiba 285-0023
Open hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Closed on Mondays. If Monday falls on a national holiday, the museum opens, and closes on the next day (click here for the list of Japanese national holidays).
Website: http://www.city.sakura.lg.jp/sakura/museum/index.htm

Gunma prefecture

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/


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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