Events

We hope that you will be able to join us for the following events.  Please check back with us to see upcoming events such as chapter meetings, museum and gallery exhibitions, convention registrations, and more!  

If you know of a netsuke-related event that isn't listed here, please contact us.  We appreciate your feedback and your help in sharing netsuke knowledge.

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    • Monday, May 15, 2017
    • Japan Information and Culture Center


    Part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival


    Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.

    The Japan Information & Culture Center welcomes you to a special spring exhibition of finely-crafted miniature sculptures known as netsuke [pronounced: netz-kay]—brimming with stories of life during Edo period Japan (17c-19c). Displaying meticulous craftsmanship, netsuke began as purely functional accessories but grew in popularity as examples of the era’s eccentric fashion....

    Read more:  http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/exhibits/netsuke2017.html

    View the Flyer


    March 15 - May 15, 2017
    Mon-Fri, 9AM - 5PM

    1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100 | Washington, D.C. 20036-3838
    TEL: 202-238-6900 | jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp


    We welcome you to visit our special spring exhibition of artful antique netsuke from the Edo period. Netsuke began as purely functional accessories, but grew in popularity as part of the era’s fashion. Common motifs included everything from cute animals to honored elements of nature, frightening mythological figures, playful faces from folklore, and legendary creatures. Each piece has a unique story to share with you about Japan.

    A series of related events will take place during the exhibition period, including:

    -Opening Night lecture and demonstration “Netsuke - Japan’s Tiny Goodwill Ambassadors” by the distinguished Komada family of netsuke artists on March 15 at JICC, followed by light refreshments. Makiko Komada will give an English lecture on the role that netsuke have played in the historic Japan-U.S. friendship, followed by a talk and demonstration from Ryushi Komada, the number one contemporary netsuke artist in the world and former president of the International Netsuke Carvers’ Association.

    -Conversation – Art in the Palm of Your Hand: Netsuke in Japanese. Discover netsuke, artful miniature sculptures from Japan’s Edo period, through a discussion with Freer|Sackler Curator Dr. James Ulak and a demonstration by master netsuke artist Komada Ryushi. A live translation will be provided by Ryushi’s daughter Makiko Komada, board member of the Japan Netsuke Society and author of Netsuke (Kadokawa, 2015). This program is co-presented with the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler.

    -Rakugo Performance by NHK WORLD TV’s Katsura Sunshine – A lively storytelling experience! At JICC on April 10. Katsura Sunshine will delight you with his English-language Rakugo performance, featuring humorous stories on the topics of ukiyo-e and netsuke.

    -Grand Finale on May 15 at JICC

    -Events for families and children, movie screenings, gallery tours, and more!

    For the most updated event schedule and to register for events, please visit the JICC website:

    http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/index.html

    A catalogue of the exhibition will be available for purchase from the Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC).

    Co-presented by JICC and JASWDC. Sponsored by the Freeman Foundation and an anonymous donor. The opening event is also sponsored by ANA. Works loaned courtesy of the Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore; and the Beverly and Jay Hopkins Collection. 

    • Tuesday, June 06, 2017
    • Saturday, June 10, 2017
    • Park Inn by Radisson, Koln City West, Germany

    Accommodation

    Park Inn by Radisson - FULL
    Koln City West, Germany

    Excelsior Hotel Ernst

    Domplatz/Trankgasse 1-5
    50667 Koln
    info@excelsior-hotel-ernst.de

    Preferred Group Room Rate 
    (including breakfast)

    Single Room Classic/Superior - €200

    Double Room - €230 

    6 minute walk to the Park Inn

    Hotel Imperial / Familie Muller

    info@hotel-imperial.de
    Single with breakfast – 98.90 Euros
    Double with breakfast – 118.60 Euros

    Hotel Pullman Cologne

    Single with breakfast – 136 Euros

    Double with breakfast – 150 Euros



    Please identify that you are attending the
    International Netsuke Society Convention
    “netsuke”

    Thirteen international netsuke dealers will be exhibiting for sale at the Park Inn from 2-6 pm from Wednesday-Saturday.

    Lecturers and Workshop Leaders

    • Annegret Bergmann
      World of Japanese theater as represented in netsuke (German)
    • Alain Ducros
      Kyoto  or  Kyushu  (French)
    • Dieuwke Eijer
      The Japanese Gulliver:  Wasobyoe (English)
    • Matthi Forrer
      Smoking implements found in prints (English)
    • Neil Holton
      Tonkotsu & Smoking (English)
    • Julia Hutt
      Shibata Zeshin (English)
    • Pierre Jacquesson
      Mask Netsuke (French)
    • Robert Fleischel
      Bokuto
    • Trudel Klefisch
      Der Sammler Albert Brockhaus (German/ English)
    • Paul Moss
      Kokusai, the Genius (English)
    • Tatiana Yahiro
      Daily life scenes in netsuke influenced by paintings, prints and Ehon (English)
    • Yukari Yoshida
      F. M. Jonas, his life and his book (English)
    • Alain Ducros
      Wood used in netsuke carving (workshop) (French/English)
    • Matthhias Streckfuss
      Materials used in netsuke - elephant, mammoth, walrus ivory (workshop) (German/English)
    • Robert Willemsen
      Manju (workshop) (English)

    Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst

    Trudel Klefisch, Convention Chair, has arranged that the lectures will be held in the museum each morning. The Museum which opened in 1977 is one of the most important architectural monuments of classical Modernism in Cologne. It was designed by Kunio Maekawa (1905-1986), a pupil of Le Corbusier. The centerpiece of the complex is the landscape garden designed by the Japanese sculptor Masayuki Nagare (b.1923) in the tradition of Japanese meditation gardens. This symbiosis of Japanese architecture and gardens combined with the presentation of the exceptional East Asian art collection make the museum a wonderful setting for our 2017 symposium.


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    Past events

    Sunday, February 26, 2017 February Northern California Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, February 12, 2017 February New York Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, December 18, 2016 December New York Chapter Meeting
    Friday, December 09, 2016 Dressed to Impress: Netsuke and Japanese Men's Fashion
    Sunday, October 16, 2016 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, July 17, 2016 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, June 12, 2016 New York Chapter Meeting
    Friday, May 06, 2016 London Netsuke Convention
    Sunday, April 03, 2016 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
    Saturday, March 19, 2016 Inro - Japanese Belt Ornaments: The Anna and Christian Trumpf collection
    Saturday, March 05, 2016 Florida Netsuke Meeting
    Sunday, December 13, 2015 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting with Max Rutherston
    Sunday, December 06, 2015 New York Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, November 22, 2015 Northwest INS Chapter Meeting 11/22
    Sunday, October 18, 2015 New York Chapter Meeting
    Friday, September 04, 2015 Baltimore INS Convention 2015
    Sunday, August 09, 2015 Los Angeles Chapter Pre-Convention Meeting
    Sunday, June 07, 2015 New York Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, April 12, 2015 Los Angeles Spring Meeting
    Saturday, March 14, 2015 New York Chapter Meeting during Asia Week
    Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Morita Soko's Netsuke on TV
    Sunday, February 15, 2015 New York Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, December 21, 2014 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting & Party
    Sunday, December 07, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, September 21, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, August 03, 2014 Seattle Chapter Summer Luncheon Meeting
    Thursday, July 03, 2014 Netsuke: Miniature Masterpieces
    Sunday, June 01, 2014 Netsuke and Other Miniatures
    Sunday, May 18, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
    Saturday, April 19, 2014 Japanese Netsuke Talk & Tour at LACMA
    Sunday, April 13, 2014 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Spring Exhibition of Dream at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum
    Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Netsuke: The Prince Takamado Collection
    Sunday, March 16, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, February 16, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
    Saturday, January 18, 2014 Japanese Netsuke Talk at LACMA
    Friday, January 10, 2014 Toledo Museum Online Scavenger Hunt
    Monday, January 06, 2014 Japanese Netsuke Talk at LACMA
    Sunday, October 20, 2013 INS SoCA Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, October 06, 2013 New York Chapter Meeting
    Thursday, September 26, 2013 Netsuke and Diminutive Carvings from Japan
    Friday, July 12, 2013 Japanese netsuke at the British Museum
    Monday, July 01, 2013 Summer Exhibition at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum
    Sunday, June 02, 2013 New York Chapter Meeting
    Friday, May 10, 2013 INS Convention - London 2013
    Tuesday, May 07, 2013 Netsuke II Pieces from Private Hungarian Collections
    Sunday, April 28, 2013 INS SoCA Chapter Meeting
    Thursday, April 04, 2013 In A Nutshell - Japanese Netsuke from European Collections
    Monday, April 01, 2013 The Next Stage" at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum
    Sunday, March 17, 2013 New York Meeting during Asia Week
    Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Netsuke of the Meiji Period - an online exhibit from LACMA
    Sunday, February 24, 2013 San Francisco Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, February 24, 2013 INS SoCA Show & Tell / Buy & Sell Meeting
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 New York Chapter Meeting
    Friday, February 01, 2013 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Winter Opening: Masatoshi Nakamura
    Sunday, December 09, 2012 Northwest Fall Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, December 02, 2012 NY Chapter Meeting
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Tokyo National Museum: HIH Prince Takamado Collection
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Tokyo National Museum: The Go Collection
    Saturday, October 20, 2012 Milano Netsuke Meeting
    Sunday, September 16, 2012 SoCA Meeting in Los Angeles
    Sunday, August 05, 2012 Seattle Chapter Summer Meeting
    Sunday, July 01, 2012 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Summer Opening: Yoka Mukaida
    Sunday, April 01, 2012 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Opening: Love by Netsuke Artists
    Sunday, February 26, 2012 SoCA Meeting in Los Angeles
    Sunday, February 19, 2012 New York Chapter Meeting
    Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Opening for Jin Kuwabara
    Sunday, January 29, 2012 SoCA Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, December 04, 2011 New York Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, November 13, 2011 SoCA Meeting in Los Angeles
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 Special Sagemonoya 20th Anniversary
    Sunday, October 09, 2011 New York Chapter Meeting
    Sunday, October 02, 2011 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
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