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Summer Exhibition at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum

  • Monday, July 01, 2013
  • 10:00 AM (UTC+09:00)
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2013
  • 5:00 PM (UTC+09:00)
  • Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

This summer, the museum presents the colorful works of Toun Shishido. Toun, a former jewelry maker who began devoting himself to the art of netsuke in 1997, was enticed by the 360° quality of the art form. As Kyoto enters its most important festival season, Toun has dared to stretch the conventions of netsuke carving to create mini replicas of hokogashira: the impressive, long-handled swords standing upon the giant floats that parade through the streets.

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. 

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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.