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Spring Exhibition of Dream at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum

  • Tuesday, April 01, 2014
  • 10:00 AM (UTC+09:00)
  • Monday, April 28, 2014
  • 5:00 PM (UTC+09:00)
  • Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

The Seishu Netsuke Art Museum in Kyoto will be hosting a special exhibition “Dream” throughoutApril.
This exhibition will be displaying Netsuke embodying the shape of “dream” and enclosing “reveries” within the space of merely a few centimeters. We hope you enjoy not only the intricate technique of fine, traditional Japanese carvings, but also the unique world created by the refined, imaginative sensitivity of Netsuke artists across the ages.

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. 

Click here to view the brochure!



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.