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 January 30 to April 22, 2018. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.


February 10 - 18, 2018

Exhibition and sale at Gallery Hanakagesho

"Netsuke Carvings by Bishu"

Exhibition and sale of netsuke mainly in fossilized walrus tusk by Bishu (Saito).

[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, except for the final day closing at 6:00pm
Closed on Tuesday, February 13
E-mail: netsukeya@hanakagesho.com
Website: http://www.hanakegesho.com

Image, Hanakagesho (c) 2018

Fukui prefecture

February 21 - 27, 2018

Exhibition and sale at Art Gallery in The Seibu Department Store, LTD. in Fukui

"The Exhibition of Contemporary Netsuke"

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

[Art Gallery at Seibu Department Store in Fukui (5th floor, Main Building)]
Address: 1-8-1 Chuo, Fukui-shi, Fukui 910-8582
Open hours: 10:00am - 7:30pm
The Art Gallery will be closed at 4:00pm on the final day of the exhibition.
The Seibu Department Store, LTD. in Fukui will be open throughout February.
Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp/seibu/

Illustration, The Seibu Department Store, LTD. in Fukui (c) 2018

Yokohama prefecture

February 23 - March 4, 2018

Exhibition at Yokohama Museum of Art

"Have Netsuke, Will Travel: Exhibition of Photographs by Princess Takamado and Contemporary Netsuke from the Collection of TIH Prince and Princess Takamado"

This exhibition features "Have Netsuke, Will Travel" series of photographs of netsuke taken by Her Highness at various locations, as well as the works of contemporary netsuke from Prince and Princess Takamado's Collection that appear in the photographs.

[Yokohama Museum of Art]
Address: 3-4-1, Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 220-0012
Website: http://yokohama.art.museum/eng/index.html

Kyoto prefecture

January 5 - 31; February 1 - 28; March 1 - 31, 2018

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 the netsuke of dogs (this year's zodiac sign) by various artist from January 5 - 31; netsuke by the artist Aya (Miyazawa) from February 1 - 28; netsuke by the artist Tohei (Nakagawa) from March 1 - 31.

[Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum]
Address: 46-1 Mibukayogosho-cho, Chukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-8811
Website: http://www.netsukekan.jp/en/


March 2 - 4, 2017
May 3 - 5, 2017
June 22 - 24, 2017
September 14 - 16, 2017
December 7 - 9, 2017

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 (closed at 4:00pm on the final day of the fair)
Website: http://www.kottouichi.com

Chiba prefecture

January 20 - February 18, 2018

Exhibition at Sakura City Museum of Art

"Exhibition of Netsuke"

This exhibition introduces the attraction of netsuke with a display of antique netsuke and inro, together with contemporary netsuke.

[Sakura City Museum of Art]
Address: 210 Shinmachi, Sakura-shi, Chiba 285-0023
Open hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Closed on Mondays. If Monday falls on a national holiday, the museum opens, and closes on the next day (click here for the list of Japanese national holidays).
Website: http://www.city.sakura.lg.jp/sakura/museum/index.htm


Hanoi, Vietnam

January 26 - March 15, 2018

Traveling Exhibition at the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

"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.

From April on, the exhibition will travel in Far East Russia: Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk; then on to Mongolia, Nepal, and Kazakhstan. It 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.

[The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam]
Address: 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Closed between February 13 and 21 due to Lunar New Year.
Website: http://jpf.org.vn/en/

For more information, please go to the Japan Foundation's website at the following URL:


Image, The Japan Foundation (c) 2018


New York, USA

January 25 - February 21, 2018

Exhibition at Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club

"Just Dandy: Japanese Gentlemen's Accessories"

This exhibition showcases more than 300 fine works of netsuke, inro, ojime, pipes, and sword fittings from Eugene and Susan Tosk collection.

Gallery talk by Ms. Hori Sachiko, a curator of this exhibition, will be held from 1:30-2:30pm (for adults) and 3:30-4:30pm (for kids) on Saturday, February 17, 2018. For further information, please go to the Nippon Club's website.

[Nippon Gallery at the Nippon Club]
Address: 145 West 57th Street, 7th floor, New York, NY 10019, USA
Admission: free
Closed on Sundays


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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