Toguri Museum of Art - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Toguri Museum of Art. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Exploring the Ceramics of Saga and Nagasaki

    Exploring the Ceramics of Saga and Nagasaki

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2019-04-06 - 2019-06-20

    This exhibition brings together from the museum’s collection a special selection of Edo-era Imari ware and modern-day Arita products, along with stunning examples of Ko-Dakeo and Nabeshima and Shida ware...More »

  • poster for Early Imari: Looking to the Continent

    Early Imari: Looking to the Continent

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2019-01-08 - 2019-03-24

    Imari ware was the first porcelain produced in Japan. According to an important historical record, its history began when Japanese forces, following an invasion of the Korean peninsula (1592-1597), returned...More »

  • poster for Nabeshima and Ko-Kutani — Lineage of Design

    Nabeshima and Ko-Kutani — Lineage of Design

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2018-10-05 - 2018-12-22

    The Ko-Kutani style in Imari ware developed in the middle of the 17th century, at a time when porcelain-making in Arita was experiencing great advances in both manufacturing and design. These changes gave...More »

  • poster for Flower and Plant Designs in Imari Ware

    Flower and Plant Designs in Imari Ware

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2018-07-04 - 2018-09-22

    In Japan, ever since ancient times, it has been a custom to enjoy the plants and flowers of the four seasons. For this reason, one often sees plant and flower designs in traditional crafts. Imari ware...More »

  • poster for Kinrande: Imari Ware that Captivated the World

    Kinrande: Imari Ware that Captivated the World

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2018-04-04 - 2018-06-21

    The years 1688–1704 are known in Japan as the Genroku era, a time of flourishing culture supported largely by the growing class of wealthy and powerful merchants. They favored luxury and increasingly sought...More »

  • poster for Beautiful Glazes in Ko-Imari Ware

    Beautiful Glazes in Ko-Imari Ware

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics - Talks
    • 2018-01-07 - 2018-03-21

    Glaze is the glass-like layer that covers the surface of a piece of ceramics. In Japanese, glaze is generally called uwagusuri or yūyaku. Applying glaze does more than simply make the dish more durable...More »

  • poster for Ko-Imari Masterpieces of the 18th Century

    Ko-Imari Masterpieces of the 18th Century

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2017-09-15 - 2017-12-20

    The 17th century saw the advent of Imari ware as Japan’s first domestic porcelain, as well as sweeping technological innovations that carried the craft to its zenith in manufacturing methods. The many...More »

  • poster for Imari ware of the seventeenth century - Rediscovering masterpieces l

    Imari ware of the seventeenth century - Rediscovering masterpieces l

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics - Workshops - Talks
    • 2017-05-27 - 2017-09-02

    When you look at ceramics, what is it that stands out? Is it their appearance or their function, or, in other words, their pattern or design? In actual fact there are many factors that may stand out. Even...More »

  • poster for Kakiemon Ceramics

    Kakiemon Ceramics

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    • Media: Product - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2017-04-01 - 2017-05-14

    Sakaida Kakiemon was an Edo period potter based in the town of Arita, Saga Prefecture who invented the colorful ceramic style known as “Kakiemon,” named after the man himself. Based on Chinese porcelain...More »

  • poster for The Toguri Collection: The Original Exhibition

    The Toguri Collection: The Original Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2016-10-04 - 2016-12-23

    The Toguri Museum of Art was founded in 1987 as one of the few museums in the world dedicated to porcelain. Its core collection of fine Asian porcelain was assembled by businessman Tohru Toguri, who began...More »

  • poster for Imari Ware: Karakusa Design

    Imari Ware: Karakusa Design

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    • Media: Product - Ceramics
    • 2016-07-02 - 2016-09-22

    Tableware today is often decorated with arabesque designs known in Japan as “karakusa.” As the English name suggests, this very old pattern originated in the Middle East; the earliest forms of arabesque...More »

  • poster for Imari Ware: The Beauty of Sometsuke

    Imari Ware: The Beauty of Sometsuke

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2016-04-05 - 2016-06-19

    At the beginning of the 17th century, the first porcelain in Japan was made in Arita, which is now part of Saga Prefecture. Chinese porcelain had long been prized in Japan, so Arita potters very quickly...More »

  • poster for Masterpieces of Nabeshima Ware

    Masterpieces of Nabeshima Ware

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2016-01-07 - 2016-03-21

    The Toguri Museum of Art, a private museum in Shibuya’s upscale Shoto neighborhorhood, opens the new year with an exhibition of approximately 70 examples of fine Nabeshima ware porcelain. Nabeshima ware...More »

  • poster for Imari Ware: Masterpieces of the Kakiemon and Kinrande Styles

    Imari Ware: Masterpieces of the Kakiemon and Kinrande Styles

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2015-10-06 - 2015-12-23

    Imari ware porcelain was highly sought after, not only in the domestic market but in Europe as well. Beginning about the middle of the 17th century, production techniques improved, resulting in thinner...More »

  • poster for Imari Ware: The Ko-Kutani Style

    Imari Ware: The Ko-Kutani Style

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2015-07-04 - 2015-09-23

    Ko-Kutani pottery comes in a variety of styles, from lightly colored geometric patterns on Chinese porcelain, to vivid Chinese paintings, to designs in the deep colors of Japanese kimono sleeves and folding...More »

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    Early Imari Ware

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2015-04-04 - 2015-06-21

    Imari Ware is famed as the first porcelain produced for export in the early 17th century in Arita, Saga prefecture. While the early period of this work showed signs of immaturity it simultaneously held...More »

  • poster for Exhibition of Imari Ware Adapted to the Edo-Period Lifestyle

    Exhibition of Imari Ware Adapted to the Edo-Period Lifestyle

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2015-01-06 - 2015-03-22

    Imari ware was used almost exclusively by members of Japan’s upper classes such as feudal lords and nobility during the early-Edo period because porcelain was an expensive, high-class item. By the end...More »

  • poster for Kokutani, Kakiemon and Nabeshima Ware

    Kokutani, Kakiemon and Nabeshima Ware

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2014-10-04 - 2014-12-23

    Although the birthplace of Kokutani-style Imari ware remains controversial, there is no doubt that early Imari over-glazed, multi-color porcelain was manufactured in the Hizen area of today’s Saga and...More »

  • poster for Coolness: Ko-Imari Ware with Water Designs

    Coolness: Ko-Imari Ware with Water Designs

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2014-07-12 - 2014-09-21

    Suitable for the scorching summer, this exhibition shows designs of water from various points of view. Imari ware, Japan’s first porcelain manufactured since the early 17th century in Hizen Province, skillfully...More »

  • poster for Ko-imari ware with Animal Design

    Ko-imari ware with Animal Design

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2014-04-12 - 2014-06-29

    Popular as artistic motifs since ancient times in Japan, animals can be found on early-17th century Edo period Imari ware. These ceramics portray animals such as rabbits and birds, as well as foreign creatures...More »

  • poster for Nabeshima-yaki and the Design Book

    Nabeshima-yaki and the Design Book

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2014-01-07 - 2014-03-30

    During the Edo period, under the official supervision of the Saga clan, Nabeshima wares were produced solely as gifts to the Tokugawa shogun family and elite officials. This resulted in strict rules governing...More »

  • poster for “Selected Masterpieces from Celadon Wares - A Variation of Green -“

    “Selected Masterpieces from Celadon Wares - A Variation of Green -“

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    • Media: Ceramics - Talks
    • 2013-10-05 - 2013-12-23

    The technique of making Celadon glazed wares was established in China during the late Han period (AD25-220). Although for a long time Celadon glazed wares were produced only in China, during the 10th century...More »

  • poster for “Small Imari-yaki Exhibition - Small plates, Choko and Mukouzuke”

    “Small Imari-yaki Exhibition - Small plates, Choko and Mukouzuke”

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2013-07-06 - 2013-09-23

    It is oft said that the Japanese have a particular adoration for all that is small and charming and Imari-yaki ceramics are no exception to this rule, revealing how such a taste has continued through eras...More »

  • poster for Kinrande Style Ko-Imari Ware Exhibition - Brilliant Genroku Era Porcelain

    Kinrande Style Ko-Imari Ware Exhibition - Brilliant Genroku Era Porcelain

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2013-04-07 - 2013-06-23

    The political and economic foundations of Japan became established following the early Edo Period, powered by the affluent citizens the lavish culture flourished during the Genroku era (1688-1704) and...More »

  • poster for "Nabeshima-yaki" Exhibition

    "Nabeshima-yaki" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2013-01-06 - 2013-03-24

    Features ceramics from the famed pottery center in Saga.More »

  • poster for "Old Kutani Ware" Exhibition

    "Old Kutani Ware" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2012-10-07 - 2012-12-24

    This exhibition showcases old Imari ware from the mid 17th century that employ the geometrical patterns of Chinese porcelain, subjects drawn from Chinese painting, and bold compositions that emphasize...More »

  • poster for "Shoki-imari: The Birth of Japanese Porcelain" Exhibition

    "Shoki-imari: The Birth of Japanese Porcelain" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2012-06-10 - 2012-09-23

    The birth of Japanese porcelain is said to date back to the Bunroku and Keicho era under Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1592ー98), who brought specimens of Korean pottery back with him to Japan. This exhibition introduces...More »

  • poster for "The Kakiemon Porcelain - The Toguri Museum 25th Anniversary Special Exhibition"

    "The Kakiemon Porcelain - The Toguri Museum 25th Anniversary Special Exhibition"

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2012-04-28 - 2012-05-31

    The museum has now been open for twenty-five years and to celebrate it will display the very best porcelain work of the 14th Kakiemon Sakaida.More »

  • poster for "Auspicious Vessels: Selected Masterpieces of Imari and Nabeshima Ware" Exhibition

    "Auspicious Vessels: Selected Masterpieces of Imari and Nabeshima Ware" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2012-01-04 - 2012-03-25

    Familiar auspicious motifs such as sho-chiku-bai (pine, bamboo, and plum), symbols of longevity such as the crane and tortoise, and phoenixes and giraffes representing peace. Many Japanese ceramics bear...More »

  • poster for "Imari Ware Goes to Europe -Export Ceramics during the Period of National Seclusion" Exhibition

    "Imari Ware Goes to Europe -Export Ceramics during the Period of National Seclusion" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2011-10-02 - 2011-12-23

    Despite emerging in the Edo period when Japan implemented a policy of national seclusion, Imari ware left its mark on the era as export porcelain that came to dominate the global porcelain market. In Europe,...More »

  • poster for "The Artistry and Elegance of Imari Ware: Learning the Rudiments of Ceramics through Ko-Imari ware" Exhibition

    "The Artistry and Elegance of Imari Ware: Learning the Rudiments of Ceramics through Ko-Imari ware" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics - Talks
    • 2011-07-03 - 2011-09-25

    Shape, color, design. Imari ware delights the eye from every angle. However, the world of ceramics is full of specialist terms and compared to exhibitions of paintings and sculptures, for example, exhibitions...More »

  • poster for “The Warmth of Celadon, the Brilliance of White Porcelain” Exhibition

    “The Warmth of Celadon, the Brilliance of White Porcelain” Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2011-04-03 - 2011-06-26

    While the bulk of Japan's first domestically produced porcelain, Imari ware, consists of blue-and-white sometsuke ware and polychrome iro-e ware, celadon ware and white porcelain were also produced from...More »

  • poster for "Nabeshima" Exhibition

    "Nabeshima" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2011-01-04 - 2011-03-27

    The Nabeshima clan from the feudal domain of Saga in Kyushu were the first to succeed in manufacturing porcelain in Japan. The Nabeshima ware they produced for use as gifts under direct management of the...More »

  • poster for "Ko-Imari Ware" Exhibition

    "Ko-Imari Ware" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2010-10-03 - 2010-12-23

    Imari ware was Japan's first porcelain, first manufactured at the beginning of the 17th century in and around the town of Arita in modern day Saga prefecture using techniques introduced by Korean ceramicists...More »

  • poster for “Ko-Kutani Ware” Exhibition

    “Ko-Kutani Ware” Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2010-07-04 - 2010-09-26

    After many years of debate over its place of production, today the most widely accepted theory is that Ko-Kutani ware is actually early iro-e (polychrome overglaze) Imari ware produced in the mid 17th...More »

  • poster for "Early Imari Ware and Korean Ceramics" Exhibition

    "Early Imari Ware and Korean Ceramics" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2010-04-04 - 2010-06-27

    Production of Japan's first porcelain, Imari ware, began in the 1610s in the Arita region of Saga prefecture using techniques introduced from the Korean peninsula. The term "early Imari" is used to describe...More »

  • poster for "Edo Food Culture and Imari-ware" Exhibition

    "Edo Food Culture and Imari-ware" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2010-01-05 - 2010-03-28

    During the 265 years in the Edo era, there were two periods that saw a particularly fervent cultural flourishing: the first was at the turn of the 18th century when prominent merchants emerged helped by...More »

  • poster for "Nabeshima and Keitokuchin -The Sovereign's Porcelain Ware-"

    "Nabeshima and Keitokuchin -The Sovereign's Porcelain Ware-"

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2009-10-04 - 2009-12-23
  • poster for “Small Plates and Dishes from Old Imari Ware” Exhibition

    “Small Plates and Dishes from Old Imari Ware” Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2009-07-05 - 2009-09-27

    From the outset, Imari ware, production of which began in the early part of the 17th century, included a range of items small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, among which were small dishes and mukozuke...More »

  • poster for "Kakiemon style -- the Pride of the East" Exhibition

    "Kakiemon style -- the Pride of the East" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2009-04-05 - 2009-06-28

    The Kakiemon style was a development within Japanese Imari ware, which was first produced in the early 17th century in what is now Saga Prefecture, using techniques imported from the Korean peninsula....More »

  • poster for "Auspicious Patterns - Vessels for Special Occasions" Exhibition

    "Auspicious Patterns - Vessels for Special Occasions" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2009-01-06 - 2009-03-29

    Pine trees, bamboo and plum blossoms; peaches symbolizing longevity; collections of figures symbolizing such things as health, comfort, sweetness and luxury. These are just some of the auspicious patterns...More »

  • poster for "Celadon and Blue & White Ceramics - Jade, Turquoise, Azure" Exhibition

    "Celadon and Blue & White Ceramics - Jade, Turquoise, Azure" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2008-10-05 - 2008-12-24

    Celadon ware (seiji in Japanese) is porcelain that is coated with a glaze containing an iron oxide colorant and then reduction fired (fired in an oxygen-starved kiln) to produce blue or green coloring....More »

  • poster for "Old Imari - Iro-e Enameled Wares" Exhibition

    "Old Imari - Iro-e Enameled Wares" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2008-06-29 - 2008-09-28

    Iro-e (overglaze enameled) refers to porcelain made by painting motifs or patterns in various colored glazes on top of a white glaze on porcelain that has been fired at around 1350°C and then firing it...More »

  • poster for "Early Imari Ware" Exhibition

    "Early Imari Ware" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2008-04-01 - 2008-06-22

    Because porcelain firing originated at the hands of Korean ceramicists, early Imari ware was produced using Korean porcelain-making techniques. However, it was the cobalt blue and white porcelain from...More »

  • poster for "Nabeshima - Jewels of Porcelain, Beauty Created" Exhibition

    "Nabeshima - Jewels of Porcelain, Beauty Created" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2008-01-05 - 2008-03-23

    The Toguri Museum of Art opened on November 21, 1987. This year, to mark the 20th anniversary of the museum’s foundation, a series of commemorative exhibitions were held featuring selected masterpieces...More »

  • poster for "Karakusa - The Collection of Seinosuke Nakajima" Exhibition

    "Karakusa - The Collection of Seinosuke Nakajima" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2007-10-02 - 2007-12-24

    Japanese antique ceramics from the collection of TV personality Seinosuke Nakajima. More »

  • poster for "Chinese and Korean Ceramics" Exhibition

    "Chinese and Korean Ceramics" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2007-07-01 - 2007-09-24

    The Toguri Museum is dedicated to preserving the ceramics collection of its founder Tohru Toguri, and with the aim of making it known to as large an audience as possible, opened its doors to the public...More »

  • poster for "Masterpieces of the Toguri Museum of Art: Ko-imari - Craftsmanship and Beauty of the Edo Period" Exhibition

    "Masterpieces of the Toguri Museum of Art: Ko-imari - Craftsmanship and Beauty of the Edo Period" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2007-04-01 - 2007-06-24

    The Toguri Museum of Art opened on November 21, 1987. This year, to mark the 20th anniversary of the museum's foundation, a series of commemorative exhibitions are being held featuring selected masterpieces...More »

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