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 16 to July 28, 2019. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.


July 19 - 25, 2019

Exhibition and sale at Gallery Tanaka

"The World of Netsuke & Koryuen Book Fair"

This is a group show of 12 contemporary artists of netsuke. Their works display their creativity and individuality, making the most of their favorite materials and subjects.

Announcement from Koryuen: In cooperation with the Gallery Tanaka, Koryuen Book Fair will be held at the gallery during the netsuke show. Offered for sale are some 30 selected Western and Japanese books on netsuke and inro that were published during the past 20 years, including the following titles:

Netsuke exhibition catalogue of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2001), LACMA's Bushell collection catalogue (2003), exhibition catalogue of netsuke and inro at the Seikado Bunko Art Museum (2000).

My little book on netsuke signed by me and my father Ryushi will also be available. Many of the publications offered this time are no longer available in the ordinary market, so please do not miss this rare opportunity!

[Gallery Tanaka]
Address: Dowa Bldg. 1F, 7-2-22 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Open hours: 12:00 noon - 7:00pm (closing at 5:00pm on the final day of the exhibition)
Open throughout the exhibition period
Website: http://www.g-tanaka.info

Postcard, Gallery Tanaka (c) 2019

Yamanashi prefecture

July 13 - September 15, 2019

Exhibition at Museum Tsuru

"The Exhibition of Netsuke"

This exhibition showcases the exquisite and playful works of contemporary netsuke by some 50 artists. Also on view are superb netsuke from the end of Edo period to the Meiji period.

[Museum Tsuru]
Address: 1-5-1 kamiya, Tsuru-shi, Yamanashi 402-0053
Open hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm (last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Closed on Mondays, the day that follows a national holiday (click here for the list of Japanese national holidays), the third Tuesday every month, and New Year holidays (December 29 - January 3)

Kyoto prefecture

July 2 - 31; August 1 - 31; September 1 - 29, 2019

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 shows netsuke by the artist Ryoshu and his wife Aya. The August exhibition features netsuke by the artist Sho, and the September exhibition focuses on netsuke by the artist Miyabi.

[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) 2019

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.

GINZA SIX website: https://ginza6.tokyo


Makati City, Manila, Phillippines

July 1 - 21, 2019

Traveling Exhibition at Greenbelt 5

"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.

The exhibition 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.

[Greenbelt 5]
Address: Greenbelt Paseo De Roxas, Ayala Center, Makati City, Phillippines
Website: http://www.ayalamalls.com.ph

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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