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 August 1 to October 22, 2017. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.


October 11 - 17, 2017

Exhibition and sale at Seibu Ikebukuro Art Forum

"The Exhibition of Brand-New Netsuke 2017"

The annual show of brand-new netsuke. With the participation of some fifty artists, offered for sale are over one hundred works, making use of various materials such as boxwood and stag antler.

[Seibu Ikebukuro Art Forum (Central zone, B8 on the 6th floor)]
Address: 1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-8569
Tel: 03-3981-0111, 03-5949-5276 (direct, for inquiry)
Directions: Walk from the following stations: the south exit of Ikebukuro Station (JR line), the ground level exit or the basement level exit of Ikebukuro Station (Seibu Ikebukuro line), the central exit of Ikebukuro Station (Marunouchi line), the east exit of Ikebukuro Station (Yurakucho line), or the south exit of Ikebukuro Station (Tobu tojo line)
Open hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:00am - 9:00pm; Sundays and national holidays, 10:00am - 8:00pm (Click here for the list of Japanese national holidays). The Art Gallery will be closed at 4:00pm on the final day of the exhibition.
The Seibu Department Store in Ikebukuro is open throughout October
Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/ikebukuro/

Illustrations, The Seibu Department Store, LTD. in Ikebukuro(c) 2017


September 23 - October 1, 2017

Exhibition and sale at Gallery Hanakagesho

"Mansei Uehara Netsuke Exhibition"

Solo exhibition of the artist Mansei, who pursues the possibilities and ideas of kagamibuta (metal disc) netsuke.

[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
Open hours: 1:00pm - 7:00pm (closing at 6:00pm on the final day of the exhibition)
Closed on Thursday, July 16
E-mail: netsukeya@hanakagesho.com
Website: http://www.hanakegesho.com

Postcard, Hanakagesho (c) 2017

Nagano prefecture

October 6 - 11, 2017

Exhibition at Gallery Room, 'Aquarium Cafe', Coffee Club Hiro

"Art in the Palm of Your Hand: Netsuke by Kitazawa Kazuhiko"

Solo exhibition of the artist Kazuhiko. On view will be his 30 works of netsuke whose subject matters are chiefly female figures and animals.

['Aquarium Cafe', Coffee Club Hiro]
Address: Kaisekisha Bldg. 2F, 860 Minami-Chitosemachi, Nagano-shi, Nagano 380-0822
Open hours: 11:00am - 7:30pm (closing at 4:00pm on the final day of the exhibition)
Website: http://w1.avis.ne.jp/-hirocafe/home.html
Note: Please replace hyphen (-) with a tilde to show the website properly. (Sorry for the inconvenience - due to some technical reasons Koryuen cannot display the symbol.)

Kyoto prefecture

August 19 - November 12, 2017

Exhibition at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

"Yatate and Tobacco Pouch"
On display will be some 70 works of yatate and tobacco pouches made with exquisite craftsmanship in the late Edo to Taisho periods. (Please note that there may not be many netsuke on display.)

Upcoming Exhibitions at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum:
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

Leaflet, Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum (c) 2017


October 27 - 29, 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, many items such as Netsuke, Inro, Ojime, Yatate and other Sagemono due to be displayed. Free appraisal for Netsuke and Sagemono offered at the booth.

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

Kyoto prefecture

July 1 - 30; August 1 - 31; September 1 - 30, 2016

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.

The three special exhibitions, each held for one month, will feature netsuke by the artist Miyazawa Hosen in July; netsuke by the artist Ijiri Shuko in August; netsuke in the theme of kouta (Japanese traditional ballads sung to the shamisen) in September. A dozen pieces of netsuke by Kudo Dosai are on special display until about September 20.

[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

Gunma prefecture

March 1, 2017 - January 5, 2018

Exhibition at Ten-ichi Museum

"Inro: Treasures in the Palm of Your Hand"

On view are inro and netsuke from the Museum's collection. The netsuke are shown to public for the first time.

[Ten-ichi Museum]
Address: Tanigawa, Minakami-machi, Tone-gun, Gunma 379-1619
Closed from January 6 to February 28.
Direction: About 7 minutes by taxi from the JR Minakami Station
Website: http://tenichi-museum.com/top/


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


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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