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 October 16, 2018 to January 27, 2019. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.


October 25 - November 7, 2018

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 3 netsuke and 1 inro ensemble.

[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

Kyoto prefecture

October 2 - 31; November 1 - 30; December 1 - 29, 2018

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 Aoki Mitsuyuki (October); "supreme selection" of netsuke by various artist (November); Netsuke by the artist Fujita Hozan (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) 2018


October 20 - 28, 2018

Exhibition and sale at Gallery Hanakagesho

"Exhibition of Carvings by Nagashima Shin'ya"

Offered for viewing and sale are netsuke of dragon by the artist Nagashima Shin'ya.

[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, October 22
E-mail: netsukeya@hanakagesho.com
Website: http://www.hanakegesho.com

Postcard, Hanakagesho (c) 2018


October 10 - 16, 2018

Exhibition and sale at Seibu Ikebukuro Art Forum

"The Exhibition of Brand-New Netsuke 2018"

The annual show of brand-new netsuke. With the participation of some sixty artists, offered for sale are over one hundred works, making use of various materials such as boxwood and stag antler.

[Seibu Ikebukuro Art Forum (Central zone, B8 on the 6th floor)]
Address: 1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8569
Directions: Walk from the following stations: the south exit of Ikebukuro Station (JR line), the ground level exit or the basement level exit of Ikebukuro Station (Seibu Ikebukuro line), the central exit of Ikebukuro Station (Marunouchi line), the east exit of Ikebukuro Station (Yurakucho line), or the south exit of Ikebukuro Station (Tobu tojo line)
Open hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:00am - 9:00pm; Sundays and national holidays, 10:00am - 8:00pm (Click here for the list of Japanese national holidays). The Art Gallery will be closed at 4:00pm on the final day of the exhibition.
The Seibu Department Store in Ikebukuro is open throughout October
Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/ikebukuro/

Illustrations, The Seibu Department Store, LTD. in Ikebukuro(c) 2018


October 2 - 28, 2018

Exhibition at JCII Photo Salon

"Travelling Netsuke: Photography and Text by H.I.H. Princess Takamado"

H.I.H. Princess Takamado is a noted collector and scholar of netsuke. This exhibition showcases 48 netsuke photographs taken as "Traveling Netsuke" series by Her Highness at her residence and various other locations.

(Please note that the works of netsuke are not on display.)

[JCII Photo Salon]
Address: 1st Floor, JCII Bldg., 25 Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0082
JCII Website: http://www.jcii-cameramuseum.jp
Exhibition page (in Japanese)

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


December 7 - 9, 2018

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


Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia

September 25 - October 16, 2018

Traveling Exhibition at Sakhalin Regional 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.

[Sakhalin Regional Art Museum]
Address: 693020, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, street. Lenin, 137, Russia
Website: http://sakhartmuseum.ru

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


Image, The Japan Foundation (c) 2018

London, UK

November 6, 2018

Auction sale at Bonhams, New Bond Street

"The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke, Part III"
The third auction sale of fine netsuke from the Katchen collection (final part). (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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