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The Next Stage" at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum

  • Monday, April 01, 2013
  • 10:00 AM (UTC+09:00)
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013
  • 5:00 PM (UTC+09:00)
  • Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

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Situated in the heart of Japan’s ancient capital, Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum is the country’s only museum dedicated to netsuke sculpture. Netsuke originated in the 17th century, when they served as a toggles to fasten items such as pillboxes and tobacco containers to obi belts, since kimono are without pockets. Intricately-­‐detailed and crafted from a variety of precious materials, netsuke developed into a highly sophisticated art form. Today, visitors can experience a palm-­‐ sized universe in this stately former samurai residence, which houses some 2,500 antique and contemporary pieces. The Spring Exhibition features a variety of pieces by contemporary artists on the theme of “The Next Stage”: suggestive of the transition from one season to the next, or the arrival of a new opportunity. In an ode to this bountiful season, one piece, “Cluster of Flowers” by Hideyuki Sakurai, has the Chinese characters 飛躍, meaning “leap” or “progress,” minutely painted on the underside each flower, carved from ivory. A ther playful work by Ippu Wachi, “From Outer Space,” portrays a curious creature that has ventured far from its home planet. The Spring Exhibition on the Theme of “The Next Stage” 

Opening times: April 1-­30, 2013 

Please note that the museum will be closed from 13:00 on April 12 (Fri)


10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last admission 4:30 p.m.)

46-1 Mibukayougosho-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8811, Japan

(On the east side of the Mibu-dera Temple)

Phone: 075-802-7000

(inclusive of consumption tax)

Adult : ¥ 1,200

Student : ¥ 600 (Jr. & Sr. high school)

*(Student ID required)

* Children at elementary school age and below are not allowed in the museum.

* Photography is prohibited within the museum.

* No parking space is available. (Please use public transportation utilities.)

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.