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 outbreak, 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.

The current period is from January 28 to April 19, 2020.For more information, please
click here. Note: the Museum is temporarily closed.

Kyoto prefecture

April 1 - 30; May 1 - 31; June 2 - 30, 2020

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 netsuke with motifs of birds from April 1 - 30, works by the artist Kenji (abe) from May 1 - 31; works by the artist Meishu/Akihide (Kawahara) from FJune 2 - 30.

[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


April 8 - 14, 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 Tanaka Ensho, Nakagawa Tadamine, and Tagami Toshi

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

[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

Chiba prefecture

March 31 - April 6, 2020

Exhibition and sale at Art Gallery in Sogo Chiba Department Store

"The Exhibition of Contemporary Netsuke"

Exhibition and sale of netsuke created with new ideas and sense, by contemporary artists who inherited traditional techniques.

[Art Gallery at Sogo Chiba Department Store (7th floor)]
Address: 1-6-2 Sakuragicho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 330-9530
Directions: Near the Chiba Station (JR and Keisei lines, and monorail)
Open hours: 11:00am - 7:00pm
The Art Gallery will be closed at 5:00pm on the final day
Note: Sogo Chiba Department Store is closed on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5
Website: http://www.sogo-gogo.com

Illustration, Sogo Chiba Department Store (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.

GINZA SIX website: https://ginza6.tokyo


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