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 April 25 to July 30, 2017. Please go see the display! For more information, please
click here.


May 17 - 23, 2017

Exhibition and sale at Seibu Art Forum

"The Exhibition of Contemporary Netsuke Par Excellence 2017"

Offered for sale are some fifty works of netsuke by more than twenty leading artists of contemporary netsuke.

[Seibu Art Forum (Central zone, B8 on the 6th floor), Seibu Ikebukuro Dept. Store]
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 May
Website: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp

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


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/


April 22 - July 2, 2017

Exhibition at Tobacco and Salt Museum

"The Sophisticated Women and Men of Edo as Seen in their Kimonos and Accessories: With a Focus on the Nakamura Collection"
This exhibition introduces Japanese people's sense of aesthetics and distinctive sense of dressing throughout the displays of kimono and pouches made during the Edo, Taisho, and Showa periods. Most of the exhibits are drawn from the collection of Mr. Nakamura Kiyoshi who ran Nakamura Shop of pouches in Tokyo.

[Tobacco and Salt Museum]
Address: 1-16-3 Yokokawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0003
Website: https://www.jti.co.jp/Culture/museum_e/index.html

Kyoto prefecture

April 1 - 30; May 2 - 31; June 1 - 30, 2017

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 April exhibition showcases 35 netsuke made by contemporary artists throughout Japan with the subject of "courage". The May exhibition features netsuke by the artist Kukan, and the June exhibition focuses on netsuke by the artist Hideaki.

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


April 22 - 30, 2017

Exhibition and sale at Gallery Hanakagesho

"Exhibition of Carvings by Nagashima Shin'ya"

Offered for viewing and sale are netsuke made of stag antler and wood carved by the artist Nagashima Shin'ya.

[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 the final day closing at 6:00pm)
Closed on Thursday, April 16
E-mail: netsukeya@hanakagesho.com
Website: http://www.hanakegesho.com

Postcard, Hanakagesho (c) 2017

Shizuoka prefecture

April 30 - May 14, 2017

Exhibition at Okuni Jinja Shrine

"Exhibition of Netsuke from TIH Prince and Princess Takamado Collection"

On view are some 170 netsuke from TIH Prince and Princess Takamado's Collection and photographs of netsuke taken by Her Highness at various locations. Princess Takamado will give a lecture (in Japanese) on April 29, 2017 (reservation required).

[Okuni Jinja Shrine]
Address: 3956-1 Ichimiya, Morimachi, Shuchi-gun, Shizuoka 437-0226
Website: http://www.okunijinja.or.jp

Leaflet, Okuni Jinja Shrine (c) 2017


May 27 - July 23, 2017

Exhibition at Kokugakuin University Museum

"Special Exhibition Prince Takamado Netsuke Collection"

This exhibition showcases some 280 works of netsuke from the Edo period to the present time, selected from HIH Prince Takamado's Collection, to celebrate the 135th anniversary of the establishment of the Kokugakuin University and the 130th anniversary of the University's Alumni Association.

[Kokugakuin University Museum]
Address: Kokugakuin Univ. Shibuya Campus, 4-10-28 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8440
Closed on Monday, June 19, 2017
Website: http://museum.kokugakuin.ac.jp Admission free

Leaflet, Kokugakuin University Museum (c) 2017


June 30 - July 2, 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 (#39), over 200 items including Netsuke, Inro, Ojime, Yatate and other Sagemono due to be displayed. Free appraisal for Netsuke and Sagemono offered at the booth. (SAGEMONOYA staff say, "Newly arrived items can be viewed at SAGEMONOYA's Shinjuku Gyoen Gallery at any time, so please come visit us in Tokyo, too.")

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

February 18 - May 14, 2017

Exhibition at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

"Metalwork by Imperial Artisans"
Many superb metalwork made by top artisans of the Meiji period will be on show. (Please note that there may not be many netsuke on display.)

Upcoming Exhibitions at Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum:
May 20 - August 13, 2017
"Makie Works by Imperial Artisans"

August 19 - November 12, 2017
"Yatate and Tobacco Pouches"

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


May 3 - 5, 2017
June 23 - 25, 2017
September 15 - 17, 2017
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


Washington DC, USA

March 15 - May 15, 2017

Exhibition at The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan in Washington DC

"MEET NETSUKE! Storytellers of Japan"
As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, JICC of the Japanese Embassy showcases some 130 netsuke of various subjects drawn from the Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, and the Beverly and Jay Hopkins Collection. (Catalogue available.)

Koryuen's news and recommendations:

1. The board member of the INS and the chair of its European Chapter Mrs. Rosemary Bandini will give a lecture for the closing of the exhibition on May 15, 2017 at the JICC. Details to be announced at the following webpage, so please attend!

2. Thanks to the organizers, the two-day opening events of my father and netsuke artist Ryushi Komada and me (Makiko) were well-received. We are grateful to the attendees! More than 1600 people visited the exhibition as of April 13!

3. Washington Post ran a full-page article on this exhibition:

4. My father and I were live-filmed by NPR (National Public Radio) Facebook:

5. Ms. Maureen Pao of NPR also posted an article (with a cool video-clip!) on their website about us and the exhibition along with comments by Dr. James Ulak of the Freer & Sackler Galleries:

6. Three of the "female faces (carving in progress)" shown in the above NPR films are displayed at JICC along with photos of carving tools. Please go see them!

[The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan in Washington DC]
Address: 1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100, Washington DC 20036-3838, USA
Open on Monday through Friday
Open hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Website: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/index.html
Exhibition page:

Image The Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan in Washington DC (c) 2017


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London, UK

May 10, 2017

Auction sale at Bonhams, New Bond Street

"The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke, Part II"
Auction sale of fine netsuke from the Katchen collection. (Catalogue will be available approximately four weeks before the auction.)

Address: 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR, UK
Attention: Japanese Art Department
E-mail: japanese@bonhams.com
Website: http://www.bonhams.com/japanese

Ad, Bonhams (c) 2017

Durham, UK

December 9, 2016 - May 21, 2017

Exhibition at Oriental Museum, Durham University

"Dressed to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese Men's Fashion"
On view at the Japan Gallery are a group of some of the British Museum's finest netsuke, a sword, smoking accessories and inro, together with a selection of netsuke and other accessories from the Oriental Museum's own collection as well as woodblock prints relating to Japanese men's fashion.

[Oriental Museum, Durham University]
Address: Elvet Hill, Durham DH1 3TH, UK

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
Website: http://www.museopoldipezzoli.it


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