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 24 to July 22, 2018. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.

Kyoto prefecture

April 1 - 30; May 2 - 31; June 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 April exhibition shows netsuke by the artist Kiho. The May exhibition features netsuke by the artist Tanetoshi, and the June exhibition focuses on netsuke by the artist Teruo.

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

Image, Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum (c) 2018

Shizuoka prefecture

April 21 - June 24, 2018

Exhibition at Kakegawa Ninomaru Museum of Art

"Accessories for Men and Women"
This exhibition showcases the craftsmanship and beauty of traditional accessories through the display of tobacco pouches for men as well as combs and hairpins for women. Some 400 works of such accessories will be on view.

[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 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.kakegawa.shizuoka.jp/foreignlanguage/en/Spots.html

Leaflet, Kakegawa Ninomaru Museum of Art (c) 2018


June 22 - 24, 2017
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


London, UK

June 18 - July 9, 2018

Auction sale at Bonhams, New Bond Street

"The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art: Online Only"
Online auction sale of Japanese art from the extensive collection of the late Mr. Edward Wrangham. There will be no catalogue, and the sale will be accessible between June 18 (10am) to July 9 (until 4pm) through the Bonhams website.

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

Pamphlet cover, Bonhams (c) 2018

Vladivostok, Russia

May 17 - June 20, 2018

Traveling Exhibition at Vladivostok State University Economics and Service Museum and Exhibition Complex

"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 in Far East Russia: Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk; then 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.

[Vladivostok State University Economics and Service]
Address: 41 Gogolya str., Vladivostok, 690014, Russia
Website: http://eng.vvsu.ru

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


Image, The Japan Foundation (c) 2018

Cologne, Germany

June 16, 2018

Auction sale at Lempertz

"Japan, India, Southeast Asia"
Auction sale including a selection of contemporary netsuke and sagemono.

Koryuen's recommendation: to the catalogue of this sale, I (Makiko) contributed an English article on carving knives used my father and other Japanese netsuke artists (although Zanmai will be the only Japanese artist whose works will be available in this sale).

Address: Neumarkt 3, 50667 Cologne, Germany
Attention: Asian Art Department
E-mail: asian@lempertz.com
Website: http://www.lempertz.com

Ad, Lempertz (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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