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Devoted to the Study and Appreciation of Netsuke

Welcome to the official web site of the International Netsuke Society, devoted to the study and appreciation of netsuke and its related art forms (inro, ojime, sagemono).

Newest INS Journals

Summer 2024
Volume 44, No.2

Spring 2024
Volume 44, No.1

Winter 2023
Volume 43, No.4

Fall 2023
Volume 43, No.3

Summer 2023

Volume 43, No.2

Spring 2023
Volume 43, No.1


Boston Convention 2024

October 10-14

Courtyard Boston Downtown

275 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116 

Immerse yourself in the world of Japanese art and the artistry of Japanese netsuke for a unique 5-day event. From Oct 10th to 14th, 2024, experts, collectors and educators will collaborate to share their wealth of experience and knowledge. Enjoy hands-on workshops, insightful lectures, and the chance to meet contemporary netsuke artists. Discover unique pieces in the Dealer's Room, and most importantly, have a fabulous time!

Early registration discounts until June 30. Learn more at

Founded as the Netsuke Kenkyukai Society in 1975, membership in the Society includes:

  • a subscription to our quarterly full color illustrated International Netsuke Society Journal
  • instant access to the digital editions of the INS Journal (2010-current)
  • full access to the INS online Forum
  • regional Chapter meetings and related activities in the United States, Japan and Europe
  • an invitation to our bi-annual International Conventions which include multiple formal lectures, hands-on workshops presented by leading experts, and social events. The Conventions have dealer exhibitions where you will see and be able to handle the best available netsuke in the world.
  • opportunities to establish relationships and share information with knowlegable collector members to increase your knowledge of your own collection above what you may have already experienced by participating on our free INS Forum.

Three boxwood frog netsuke by Masanao. 
Victoria & Albert Museum

The INS is the largest international organization of netsuke collectors, bringing together members living in 31 different countries worldwide.

Beginners and collectors of all levels of experience and expertise are welcomed to join this group of art collectors and lovers for membership of $125/year, and to fully enjoy the benefits it has to offer.

Share your collecting passion with interested people around the globe! Hear and be heard. It’s a lot of fun!

Join Today!

The International Netsuke Society is vehemently opposed to the trafficking, trade or commerce of illegal ivory, horn or any other illegal material. We support and comply with all international laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Endangered Species Act, and the African Elephant Conservation Act.