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  • Tuesday, April 13, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    A Contemporary Interpretation of Classic Kimono Design

    An exhibition of contemporary kimono and accoutrements is being held at the Brush Gallery in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 4 to June 6, 2010. The exhibition includes a display of 10 contemporary netsuke carved by Japanese and Western netsuke artists.

    In conjunction with the exhibition at the Brush Gallery, there will be a Netsuke Lecture and Slide Presentation:
    Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m.,
    “Now and Then: Similarities and Differences between Today’s Netsuke and Earlier Netsuke”
    given by Jeffrey Klotz.

    Brush Art Gallery
    256 Market Street
    Lowell, MA 01852

    (978) 459-7819

    For further information, click on the following:
  • Friday, March 26, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    London Netsuke Symposium
    November 5-8, 2010

    Just a reminder to everyone who plans on coming to London, the early registration discount is only available till 1st April, so those who wish to take advantage of it only have a few days left. Places are filling up rapidly.

    Information and registration forms are available at

    Norman Sandfield
    INS Email Blastmaster
  • Tuesday, March 09, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Following the London Netsuke Symposium (November 5-8, 2010):
    Bonhams presents:

    The Edward (Ted) Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art, part 1
    Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 10.30 am
    101 New Bond Street

    For more information, contact:
    Suzannah Yip -
    Neil Davey -
  • Monday, March 01, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Please join the NEW YORK chapter of the INTERNATIONAL NETSUKE SOCIETY at its next meeting during New York's Asia Week:

    Paul Moss will be presenting an extremely interesting PowerPoint presentation. The theme of Paul's talk will be the two Kyushu artists, Otoman and Bokugyuken Toshiharu, and the Iwami connection.

    Our meeting will be held on Sunday, March 21st from 10:00 A.M. until noon at Bonham's New York, at 580 Madison Avenue. Bonham's will not be open to the public at 10:00 A.M., but if you come to the front entrance, there will be someone there to let you in and direct you to the room where we will be meeting.

    From noon until 5:00 P.M. Bonham's will have a preview of their auction of "Fine Japanese Works of Art," including a fine group of inro and netsuke from the Swedlow collection, as well as other netsuke. To see pictures of pieces from the auction go to this webpage:

    Please try to arrive at the meeting by 10:00 A.M.
    RSVP to: Jeffrey Klotz, 973-616-2988 or
  • Saturday, February 27, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Please join the NEW YORK chapter of the INTERNATIONAL NETSUKE SOCIETY at its next meeting during New York's Asia Week:

    Sunday, March 21, 2010
    10:00 am

    The meeting will be held at Bonham's, and our speaker will be Paul Moss.
    More details, including RSVP instructions, to follow shortly.

    Best Regards,
    Diane Drinnon
  • Friday, February 26, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    We would like to inform the membership of the International Netsuke Society on the planned inro Exhibition, to be opened on April 21, 2010, in TAMPERE, FINLAND, open until January 9, 2011.

    There will be a poster for the exhibition, a Finish language catalogue, 368 pages in colour, and an English language catalogue, also 368 pages in full colour.

    We hope that many of the numerous members of INS could take the opportunity to make a trip to Tampere in Finland for this occasion.

    With kind regards,
    Heinz and Else Kress
    Liljendal, FINLAND, February 18, 2010

    INRŌ A Key to the World of Samurai
    April 22, 2010 January 9, 2011

    A kimono has no pockets. Therefore, in ancient Japan, coins, medicines, personal seals, and other small items were carried in a small container worn on the belt. For this purpose, well-dressed Japanese gentlemen commissioned inrō, lavishly decorated lacquered containers. As an item of fashion, the inrō reflected its owner s wealth, personality, style, and taste.

    Initially, inrō were luxury objects exclusive to the samurai, but later on, even the chōnin, the wealthy townsman class, began using them. These lacquered containers are superior and exquisite examples of Japanese craftsmanship.

    Because the samurai and prosperous townspeople were trend-setters in the cultural life of the peaceful Edo period (1603 1868), the inrō serves as the perfect key for understanding the aesthetics and the social and cultural conditions of the time. It is a unique artefact that reflects Japanese culture and mentality, not only in the age of the samurai, but in modern Japan as well.

    The exhibition INRŌ A Key to the World of Samurai at the Museum Centre Vapriikki showcases a total of 205 inrō, each more enchanting than the last, plus a selection of woodblock prints and modern lacquer work from the collection of Heinz and Else Kress.

    In connection with the exhibition, Vapriikki is publishing a comprehensive study of Japanese inrō by Heinz and Else Kress. Moreover, in autumn 2010, we will be offering a wide range of events focusing on Japan. Additional information is available on the museum s web site The Vapriikki Museum Shop and the Valssi café will also incorporate the Japan theme in a variety of ways.

    We invite you to Vapriikki to visit the exotic and enchanting world of the Japanese samurai!


    Norman L. Sandfield
    INS Constant Contact Email Blast Master
  • Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Following our announcement in January, we are happy to inform you that details of the London Netsuke Symposium and a downloadable registration form are now available on the new website of the European Chapter of the International Netsuke Society:

    We look forward to welcoming you to an exciting programme of lectures, exhibitions and auctions. London is an international centre for Japanese art and the annual Asian Art in London week attracts visitors from around the world. Spaces may be limited, so don't delay!

    Max Rutherston & Rosemary Bandini
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Netsuke Society

    Sunday, March 28, 2010, at 12:30 pm.
    The meeting will be at
    Betty Andrews house
    1620 Lincoln Lane
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

    For a map, click here

    The topic of the meeting will be: Marine life and netsuke.

    We ask all of the members to RSVP to Dmitry by email prior to March 22nd, so we know how many people are coming for lunch/brunch. Also, we would like the members to bring at least one netsuke that somehow relates to water or Marine life.

    Thanks a lot!
    Dmitry Tubis, President
  • Saturday, February 06, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous


    You are cordially invited to attend a SPECIAL EVENT at Seattle Asian Art Museum
    Sunday, March 14, 2010, EXACTLY 10:00 a.m.
    Please see RSVP information below!

    Catherine Roche (Museum Curator) and Marta Pinto-Liorta (Museum Collections Care Manager), by request of Karen Knudson, have organized a one-time viewing of the Museum s 200+ Netsuke for Northwest INS members and their guests. The Museum will wave admission fees for this one-time event. Please be on time as Catherine will meet us at the main entrance door exactly at 10 a.m.


    From 520 WESTBOUND take the 1-5 NORTHBOUND exit and stay right. Exit onto Roanoke Harvard exit. Turn right onto Roanoke. At the first traffic light turn right onto 10th Ave. East. At about 1 mile (E. Prospect) turn left. Follow the signs and enter Volunteer Park, which is on the left. Park in front of the museum.

    From I-5 SOUTHBOUND take the BOYLSTON exit #168A turn left onto Roanoke.
    At first traffic light turn right onto 10th Ave. East. At about 1 mile at East Prospect turn left. Follow the signs and enter Volunteer Park which is on the left. Park in front of the museum.

    From 1-5 NORTHBOUND take the LAKEVIEW BLVD exit #168A, turn left onto Lakeview Blvd. E. and go .02 miles. Turn right onto Harvard Ave. E., then go 1 mile and turn right onto E. Boston St. Go .7 mile and turn left onto E. Prospect. Follow the signs and enter Volunteer Park on the left. Park automobile in front of the museum.

    Please RSVP by March 1st.
    Richard Hieronymus
    Phone Richard (360) 378-3556
    Or phone Karen Knudson (206) 528-9870
  • Sunday, January 31, 2010 12:00 PM | Anonymous
    Please join the NEW YORK chapter of the INTERNATIONAL NETSUKE SOCIETY at its next meeting:

    Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010
    2:00 pm
    Szechuan Chalet
    1395 Second Avenue (near 72nd/73rd Streets)
    Restaurant phone: 212-737-1838

    In a follow-up to the recent chapter meeting announcement, here is more information on the talk at our Feb. 7th meeting:
    Jeff Klotz will be giving a talk on contemporary netsuke artist, Ko Baas. Ko Baas is a very talented and prolific Dutch netsuke carver. We will focus on his work and his own perspective on his netsuke carving. A little background information about Ko will be offered, along with some of his thoughts and feelings about his work. We will look at subjects, such as what inspires him when he creates netsuke and what he is trying to accomplish in his work. The talk will be accompanied by pictures of some of Ko s netsuke.

    If you haven't RSPV'd yet, please let me know if you will be attending by calling 212-828-7088 or emailing

    Please feel free to bring any netsuke you'd like to show the group.

    Please also bring cash for your food/drink.
    RSVP to: Diane Drinnon, 212-828-7088 or
    Best Regards,
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