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 January 31 to April 23, 2017. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.

Shizuoka prefecture

April 30 - May 14, 2017

Exhibition at Okuni Jinja Shrine

"Exhibition of Netsuke from TIH Prince and Princess Takamado Collection"

On view are some 170 netsuke from TIH Prince and Princess Takamado's Collection and photographs of netsuke taken by Her Highness at various locations.

[Okuni Jinja Shrine]
Address: 3956-1 Ichimiya, Morimachi, Shuchi-gun, Shizuoka 437-0226
Website: http://www.okunijinja.or.jp


May 27 - July 23, 2017

Exhibition at Kokugakuin University Museum

"Exhibition of Netsuke from TIH Prince and Princess Takamado Collection"

This exhibition showcases some 280 works of netsuke from TIH Prince and Princess 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
Website: http://museum.kokugakuin.ac.jp


March 13 - 28, 2017

Exhibition at Gallery SEIZAN

"Exhibition of Pottery by Aiba Ruiji"

Solo exhibition of the unique pottery artist Mr. Aiba Ruiji, featuring netsuke, incense burners, and water droppers, etc.

[Gallery SEIZAN]
Address: 5-14-16 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Website: http://art-japan.jp/en/
Mr. Aiba Ruiji's Weblog: http://moon.ap.teacup.com/ruijiaiba/


March 24 - 26, 2017
June 30 - July 2, 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 (#39), over 200 items including Netsuke, Inro, Ojime, Yatate and other Sagemono due to be displayed. Free appraisal for Netsuke and Sagemono offered at the booth. (SAGEMONOYA staff say, "Newly arrived items can be viewed at SAGEMONOYA's Shinjuku Gyoen Gallery at any time, so please come visit us in Tokyo, too.")

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


April 12 - 18, 2017

Exhibition and sale at "Arts & Crafts Salon" (6th floor) in Nihombashi Takashimaya Department Store

"Microcosm in the Palm of Your Hand
The 14th Exhibition of Contemporary Netsuke"

From left: by Nick Lamb, Mori Tetsuro, and Shirai Shokyu

Exhibition and sale featuring some 90 works of contemporary netsuke created by more than 40 artists from Japan and overseas.

[Nihombashi Takashimaya Department Store]
Address: 2-4-1 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8265
Tel: 03-3211-4111
Directions: Directly connected with the Nihombashi Station. Or five minutes' walk from the Yaesu North Exit of the JR Tokyo Station
Open hours: 10:30am to 7:30pm, except for the gallery closing at 4pm on the final day of the exhibition.
Website: http://www.takashimaya.co.jp

Illustrations, Nihombashi Takashimaya (c) 2017

Kyoto prefecture

January 5 - 31; February 1 - 28; March 1 - 31, 2017

Exhibition at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

"Exhibitions of Netsuke"

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 auspicious netsuke by various artist from January 5 - 31; netsuke by the artist Kenji (Mori) from February 1 - 28; netsuke by the artist Ippu (Wachi) from March 1 - 31.

[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

Mie prefecture

January 24 - April 9, 2017

Exhibition at Mie Prefectural Art Museum

"Rediscovering Three-Dimensional Art in Japan"
This exhibition explores the aesthetics sense of the Japanese people with a wide range of three-dimensional works beyond the frameworks of sculpture and craftwork. The exhibits include 15 works of netsuke, such as a female figure made by Ryushi.

Koryuen's recommended point: This is a traveling exhibition that was held at Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi, and Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. Many works of a number of renowned Japanese sculptors from the 19th to 20th centuries will be on view.

[Mie Prefectural Art Museum]
Address: 11 Otani-cho, Tsu-shi, Mie 514-0007
Website: http://www.bunka.pref.mie.lg.jp/art-museum/

Leaflet, Mie Prefectural Art Museum (c) 2017

Kyoto prefecture

February 18 - May 14, 2017

Exhibition at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

"Metalwork by Imperial Artisans"
Many superb metalwork made by top artisans of the Meiji period will be on show. (Please note that there may not be many netsuke on display.)

Upcoming Exhibitions at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum:
May 20 - August 13, 2017
"Makie Works by Imperial Artisans"

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


December 13, 2016 - April 16, 2017

Exhibition at Kushi-Kanzashi Museum

"The Exhibition of Inro"

On view are women's small inro and tobacco pouches, combs and hair ornaments, as well as men's inro.

[Kushi-Kanzashi Museum]
Address: 3-764-1 Yugi-machi, Ome, Tokyo 198-0064
Website: http://kushikanzashi.jp


May 3 - 5, 2017
June 23 - 25, 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


Washington DC, USA

March 15 - May 15, 2017

Exhibition at The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan in Washington DC

"MEET NETSUKE! Storytellers of Japan"
As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, JICC of Japanese Embassy will show some 130 netsuke of various subjects drawn from the Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, and the Beverly and Jay Hopkins Collection. (Catalogue will be published.)

Koryuen's important announcement: To mark the opening of this exhibition, my father and netsuke artist Ryushi Komada and I (Makiko) will give a carving demonstration and lecture on netsuke in English! Details are as follows:

1. "Netsuke - Japan's Tiny Goodwill Ambassadors"
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30pm
the Auditorium, The Japan Information & Culture Center (Registration required. Please contact JICC at

2. "Art in the Palm of Your Hand: Netsuke in Japanese Culture"
Thursday, March 16, 6:30pm
Sackler Gallery, sublevel 1
Website: http://www.asia.si.edu

Each of the events will be rare and special (NOT identical!), so please come see us on both days! (Attending just one day is fine, too!)

[The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan in Washington DC]
Address: 1150 18th Street NW ,Suite 100, Washington DC 20036-3838, USA
Open on Monday through Friday
Open hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Website: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/index.html
Exhibition page:

Image The Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan in Washington DC (c) 2017


Durham, UK

December 9, 2016 - May 21, 2017

Exhibition at Oriental Museum, Durham University

"Dressed to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese Men's Fashion"
On view at the Japan Gallery are a group of some of the British Museum's finest netsuke, a sword, smoking accessories and inro, together with a selection of netsuke and other accessories from the Oriental Museum's own collection as well as woodblock prints relating to Japanese men's fashion.

[Oriental Museum, Durham University]
Address: Elvet Hill, Durham DH1 3TH, UK

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


Melbourne, Australia

February 2 - March 30, 2017

Exhibition at Consulate-General of Japan

"Netsuke Carvings of Leigh Sloggett"
Exhibition of works by Leigh Sloggett, who is a leading netsuke artist from Australia.

[The Information and Cultural Section of the Consulate-General of Japan]
Address: Level 25, 570 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Open hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00


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