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.


November 4, 2018 - February 28, 2019

Exhibition and sale at GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS, 6th floor of GINZA SIX

"Small Exhibition of Netsuke in Ginza"

A small exhibition of antique netsuke is currently held (in cooperation with SAGEMONOYA) at the Japanese sword section of GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS that specializes in art books.

Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Website: https://ginza6.tokyo

Chiba prefecture

November 3, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Exhibition at Ichikawa City Museum of Literature

"Traditional Hair Ornaments & Literature"

Drawn from the Kochoan Collection, this exhibition showcases some 350 works of combs and hairpins from the Edo period onwards, including exquisite maki-e combs by Hara Yoyusai and Shibata Zeshin as well as hairpins with interesting devices.

Koryuen's recommendation: Although small in number, netsuke and related objects are also on view, such as box netsuke in maki-e by Zeshin attached to a tobacco pouch, as well as Ryusa netsuke and tonkotsu with a netsuke by Kokusai.

[Ichikawa City Museum of Literature]
Address: 1-1-4 Onitaka, Ichikawa-shi, Chiba 272-0015
Website (Japanese only):

Leaflet, Ichikawa City Museum of Literature (c) 2018

Shizuoka prefecture

November 10 - December 9, 2018

Exhibition at Kakegawa Ninomaru Museum of Art

"Fun and Fascinating Arts and Crafts from the Museum Collection"
On view are fun and interesting works of arts and crafts from the Museum collection, including five works of contemporary netsuke that have recently been housed and are put on display for the first time.

[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, November 26
Website: http://www.city.kakegawa.shizuoka.jp/foreignlanguage/en/Spots.html

Leaflet, Kakegawa Ninomaru Museum of Art (c) 2018

Exhibition of Students' Netsuke at Asahi Culture Center, Shinjuku, 2018
As an annual event, netsuke created by students of the Center's netsuke carving classes are shown until December 12, 2018, at the entrance of the Asahi Culture Center (on the 10th floor of Sumitomo Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo). On display are a wide variety of works by students whose carving skills are improving year by year!

Kanagawa prefecture

November 21 - 27, 2018

Exhibition and sale at Art Gallery (7th floor) in Yokohama Takashimaya Department Store

"Microcosm in the Palm of Your Hand
The 23rd Exhibition of Contemporary Netsuke"

From left: by Tetsuro (Mori), Takeshi (Inoue), and Taisei (Nakahata)

This 21st exhibition and sale features some 100 brand-new superb works of modern netsuke created by leading, skillful artists.

*Open from 10:00am to 8:00pm, except the final day, closing at 4:00pm.

[Yokohama Takashimaya Department Store]
Address: 1-6-31 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 220-8601
Directions: The west exit of Yokohama station (JR line, City Subway, Sotetsu line, Toyoko line)
Website: http://www.takashimaya.co.jp

Illustrations, Yokohama Takashimaya (c) 2018

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


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


Ulaanbaatar, Mogolia

November 6 - December 1, 2018

Traveling Exhibition at National Museum of Mongolia

"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.

[National Museum of Mongolia]
Address: Juulchin Street-1, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Website: http://nationalmuseum.mn/

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


Image, The Japan Foundation (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


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