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 October 29, 2019 to January 26, 2020. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.

Kanagawa prefecture

December 3 - 9, 2019

Exhibition and sale at Art Gallery in Sogo Yokohama 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 Yokohama Department Store (6th floor)]
Address: 2-18-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 220-8510
Tel: 045-465-5506 (direct)
Directions: In front of the east exit of Yokohama Station (JR, Tokyu-toyoko, Keihin-kyuko, Sagami-tetsudo, Yokohama-shiei subway lines)
Open hours: 10:00am - 8:00pm
The Art Gallery will be closed at 4:00pm on the final day of the exhibition
Sogo Yokohama Department Store is open throughout November and December
Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/sogo/

Postcard, Sogo Yokohama Department Store (c) 2019

Kanagawa prefecture

November 13 - 19, 2019

Exhibition and sale at Art Gallery (7th floor) in Yokohama Takashimaya Department Store

Open from 10:00am to 8:00pm, except the final day, closing at 4:00pm

"Microcosm in the Palm of Your Hand
The 24th Exhibition of Contemporary Netsuke"

From left: by Gyokuzan (Muramatsu), Toshi (Tagami), and Hidefumi (Akagi)

This annual exhibition and sale features about 100 superb works of modern netsuke created by some 40 leading, skillful artists.

[Yokohama Takashimaya Department Store]
Address: 1-6-31 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 220-8601
Directions: The west exit of Yokohama station (JR line, City Subway, Sotetsu line, Toyoko line)
Website: http://www.takashimaya.co.jp

Illustrations, Yokohama Takashimaya (c) 2019

Kyoto prefecture

October 1 - 31; November 1 - 30; December 1 - 29, 2019

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.

Featured are netsuke by the artist Saito Bishu (October); "supreme selection" of netsuke by various artist (November); Netsuke by the artists Hariya Hiroyuki and Kinuyo (December).

[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

Osaka prefecture

October 5 - December 1, 2019

Exhibition at Osaka Museum of History

Special Exhibition: "The Definitive Introduction to the World of Sword Fittings"

Mini-exhibitions: "Watanabe Masanori's Netsuke Collection" and "Sakai Toshimasa's Sword-Fitting Collection"

This exhibition showcases 250 works of sword fittings selected from 927 pieces donated by collector and researcher Mr. Katsuya Shun'ichi.

Two mini-exhibitions are also held to mark the donation of the former president of Japan Netsuke Society Mr. Watanabe Masanori's netsuke collection and that of Osaka city's holder of Intangible Cultural Property Mr. Sakai Toshimasa's sword fittings.

Koryuen's recommendation: The exhibitions will be very good to see, as Mr. Watanabe Masanori's netsuke collection is wonderful (he is extremely knowledgeable and experienced as collector, and supervised my book on netsuke), and the curator Ms. Naito Naoko, who is in charge of the exhibitions, is famous in the field of sword fitting study. Please go see the exhibitions!

[Osaka Museum of History]
Address: 1-32-4 Otemachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 540-0008

Leaflet, Osaka Museum of History (c) 2019

Kyoto prefecture

August 24 - November 17, 2019

Exhibition at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

"Works of Imperial Artists: Sculptures"
On view will be wonderful works of sculpture by Imperial Artists.

(This is not an exhibition of netsuke, but is mentioned here as related to netsuke.)

[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 6 - 8, 2019

Sale at Tokyo Ryutsu Center Bldg, Heiwajima

"Heiwajima Antiques Fair"

The oldest and most famous antique fair in Japan. Nearly 300 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 (last admission at 3:00pm and closed at 4:00pm on the final day of the fair)
Website: http://www.kottouichi.com

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


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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