Events & News

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

    • Friday, December 09, 2016
    • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
    • British Museum, Japan Gallery


    A British Museum exhibition featuring a selection of delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional Japanese male dress accessories.

    Netsuke is the Japanese art of miniature sculpture. Originally a practical piece of dress, during the Edo Period (1615-1868 CE) these carvings evolved into an important art form in Japan.

    Museums often display netsuke as works of art, acknowledging the great skill used in their creation in wood, ivory, ceramic or metal. This exhibition shows how they were worn as part of a complete outfit. For this reason, in addition to displaying a group of some of the British Museum’s finest netsuke, the exhibition also includes a sword, smoking accessories and inro (cases for holding small objects).

    Featured alongside the British Museum objects are a selection of netsuke and other accessories from the Oriental Museum’s own collection, together with woodblock prints relating to Japanese men’s fashion.

    This exhibition was developed in partnership with the British Museum, and is generously supported by the Dorset Foundation.

    Image: Goldfish netsuke, early 1800s © Trustees of the British Museum

    Read more about the exhibit on their blog: 

    https://blog.britishmuseum.org/2014/06/18/dressed-to-impress-netsuke-and-japanese-mens-fashion/

    • Sunday, February 26, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Private Residence, San Francisco

    AGENDA

    The Year of the Rooster (and other flying things) will be our focus:

    • Welcome
    • New attendee intros
    • June 2017 INS Convention in Cologne - details/updates
    • Tentative Schedule of Future 2017 Meetings/Topics
    • Brief History of Chinese Horoscope and Relation To Japanese Culture
    • The Rooster Sign in Detail
    • Things That Fly - A Show & Tell of Roosters, Other Birds, Other Flying Things
    • Handling Session of Things That Fly
    • Show & Tell of Other New Acquisitions
    • Conclusion, followed by dinner (location tbd)

    Since limiting ourselves to just Roosters may be a bit constraining, ‘Things That Fly’ allows us to broaden our horizons to share many other parts of our collections … Use your imagination! ...

    If you plan to be in the San Francisco area and would like to attend, please email me and I can provide additional details ….

    Thanks …..

    Steve Koppich
    steve.koppich@sbcglobal.net
    • Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    • Monday, May 15, 2017
    • Japan Embassy, Washington DC


    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


    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


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

    Accommodation

    Park Inn by Radisson
    Koln City West, Germany

    Reservations: 

    Preferred Group Room Rate 
    until 5 May 2017 (including breakfast)

    • €108 / single

    • €141 / double 

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

    Lecturers and Workshop Leaders

    • Jan Dees – Lacquer & Pipecases
    • Alain Ducros – Kyoto or Kyushu
    • Dieuwke Eijer – Wasobyoe
    • Matthi Forrer – V. Siebold
    • Clive Hallam – Materials
    • Neil Holton – Smoking & Tonkotsu
    • Julia Hutt – Shibata Zeshin
    • Pierre Jaquesson – Mask Netsuke
    • Heinz & Else Kress – Inro
    • Paul Moss – to be determined

    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.


    Please click here for the
    Program Schedule:

Past events

Sunday, February 12, 2017 February New York Chapter Meeting
Sunday, December 18, 2016 December New York Chapter Meeting
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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