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.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many museums and shops are temporarily closed. A large number of events have also been cancelled or postponed.

I will add updated information when possible. However, things keep changing, so please check websites or other sources for up-to-date information on each event.



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.

Note: although the Museum has re-opened since June 2 (online reservation required), the 2nd floor of the main building seems to be closed. Please check the Museum's website for details.

Tokyo National Museum website:


September 1 - 9, 2020

Exhibition and sale at Lobby Gallery, 3rd floor of the main building, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

"The 2020 Exhibition of Netsuke by Teachers of NHK Culture Center"

This group show features works by 4 contemporary artists (Kuroiwa Akira, Mukaida Yoka, Itaro and Kurita Motomasa) who give netsuke carving lessons at NHK Culture Center. Also shown are works by many members of the International Netsuke Carvers' Association.

[Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo]
Address: 2-2-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8330
Open hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm (closing at 3:00pm on the final day of the exhibition)
Website: http://www.keioplaza.com


September 16 - 22, 2020

Exhibition and sale at "Arts & Crafts Salon" (6th floor) in the Main Building of the Nihombashi Takashimaya S.C.

"Microcosm in the Palm of Your Hand
The 17th Exhibition of Contemporary Netsuke"

From left: by Iwata Tomoyuki, Takahashi Shinsei, and Takagi Bokusen

Exhibition and sale featuring some 90 works of contemporary netsuke created by more than 40 artists who carry on the tradition of Japanese Culture.

Note: the show may be changed or cancelled, so please check the Takashimaya website before your visit.

[Nihombashi Takashimaya S.C.]
Address: 2-4-1 Nihombashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8265
Tel: 03-3211-4111
Directions: Five minutes' walk from the Yaesu North Exit of the JR Tokyo Station. Directly connected with the Nihombashi Station on the Ginza and Tozai Subway Lines. Four minutes' walk from the Nihombashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Line.
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 S.C. (c) 2020

Kyoto prefecture

July 1 - 31; August 1 - 30; September 1 - 30, 2020

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 July exhibition is titled "Solidarity of Hearts," the August show is "Prayer for Peace," and the September exhibition is "Wish for the Future."

[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) 2020


From May 16, 2020

Online exhibition and sale by Gallery Hanakagesho

"Nagashima Shin'ya Sculpture Exhibition"

Online viewing and sale of netsuke 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
E-mail: netsukeya@hanakagesho.com
Website: http://www.hanakegesho.com

Illustration, Hanakagesho (c) 2020

A display of netsuke at GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS, 6th floor of GINZA SIX, Tokyo
A small number of antique netsuke is on display (in cooperation with SAGEMONOYA) at the Japanese sword section of GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS that specializes in art books.
Note: GINZA SIX is back to normal operation since May 29.

GINZA SIX website: https://ginza6.tokyo


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