Japan Folk-Craft Museum - Past Events

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

  • poster for The Beauty of Ainu Handiwork

    The Beauty of Ainu Handiwork

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    • Media: Product - Fashion - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2020-09-15 - 2020-11-23

    Soetsu Yanagi focused on the powerful beauty of Ainu people’s creation from early on, holding the Ainu Crafts and Culture Exhibition in 1941. This was the first Ainu crafts exhibition in an art museum....More »

  • poster for Western Painting & Japanese Doro-e

    Western Painting & Japanese Doro-e

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Product - Fashion - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2020-06-09 - 2020-09-06

    *Japan Folk-Craft Museum will open by appointment only from 7/19~9/6. This exhibition introduces Western paintings and Doro-e paintings from the late-Edo period, work that the founder of Japanese Folk...More »

  • poster for Forms with Prayers – Focusing on Okinawa Burial Urns

    Forms with Prayers – Focusing on Okinawa Burial Urns

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    • Media: Nihonga - Sculpture - Product - Fashion - Crafts
    • 2020-01-12 - 2020-03-22

    This exhibition introduces the museum’s new collection of Okinawa burial urns for the first time as well as various forms with prayers all over the world.More »

  • poster for New Works Competition and Exhibition 2019

    New Works Competition and Exhibition 2019

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2019-12-14 - 2019-12-25

    Dedicated to the pursuit of quality handcrafts for today and the future, the museum sponsors an annual competition, display, and sale of handmade objects by modern craftspeople. Anyone can participate...More »

  • poster for Soetsu Yanagi and Old Tamba

    Soetsu Yanagi and Old Tamba

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2019-09-10 - 2019-11-24

    Tamba ware is one of the oldest six kilns in Japan, and it was Soetsu Yanagi who first approved their beauty, saying “they are the most Japanese, and they are showing the extreme of austere, subdued, and...More »

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    Japanese Tableware

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2019-06-25 - 2019-09-01

    Tableware used in daily life has been one of the most familiar crafts for people since antiquity through today. This exhibition features Japanese tableware from the collection of Soetsu Yanagi, who admired...More »

  • poster for Indigo Shibori: The Works of Motohiko Katano

    Indigo Shibori: The Works of Motohiko Katano

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts - Talks
    • 2019-04-02 - 2019-06-16

    Motohiko Katano (1899-1975), known as a leading specialist of shibori tie-dyeing with natural indigo, established an original technique of his own called “katano shibori.”This exhibition introduces selected...More »

  • poster for Direct Perception by Soetsu Yanagi

    Direct Perception by Soetsu Yanagi

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    • Media: Nihonga - Architecture - Sculpture - Product - Fashion - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2019-01-11 - 2019-03-24

    Soetsu Yanagi was among the first scholars to draw attention to the beauty of Korea’s Joseon folk ceramics, the wood statues of the folk artist Mokujiki, and Japanese “mingei” folk crafts. It was his “direct...More »

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    Joseon White Porcelain

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2018-09-11 - 2018-11-23

    Korean ceramics reflect cultural aesthetics and sculptural concepts. White porcelain from the Joseon era (1392–1910) in particular exudes an austere beauty and spirituality that gently embraces the human...More »

  • poster for Books as Crafts – Collection and Creativity from Yanagi’s Library

    Books as Crafts – Collection and Creativity from Yanagi’s Library

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    • Media: Graphics - Nihonga - Talks
    • 2018-07-03 - 2018-09-02

    For over 50 years, Muneyoshi Yanagi, the first chief curator of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, collected various craft items, including antique books. This exhibition showcases books from the Muromachi...More »

  • poster for Samiro Yunoki “Patterns and Colors”

    Samiro Yunoki “Patterns and Colors”

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    • Media: Product - Fashion - Crafts
    • 2018-04-03 - 2018-06-24

    Samiro Yunoki became a dye artist after being inspired by the philosophy of Muneyoshi Yanagi and the work of Keisuke Serizawa. Yunoki continues to be active with exhibitions in Japan and overseas, including...More »

  • poster for Shiko Munakata and Soetsu Yanagi

    Shiko Munakata and Soetsu Yanagi

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    • Media: Prints - Crafts
    • 2018-01-11 - 2018-03-25

    This exhibition sheds light on the relationship between Shiko Munakata, a woodblock maker and important 20th century Japanese artist, and Soetsu Yanagi, leader of the Mingei folk-craft movement. Munakata...More »

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    Windsor Chair Exhibition

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    • Media: Product - Crafts
    • 2017-09-07 - 2017-11-23

    Windsor chairs are thought to have originated in England in the first half of the 18th century. Much admired by members of Japan’s Folkcraft Movement such as Soetsu Yanagi, Shoji Hamada, Keisuke Serizawa,...More »

  • poster for Iroe – Overglaze Enamel Porcelain

    Iroe – Overglaze Enamel Porcelain

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2017-06-27 - 2017-08-27

    Iroe is a porcelain decorating technique involving painting in polychrome enamels on the surfaces of ceramics fired at high temperatures. The painted ceramics are then fired again in special kilns for...More »

  • poster for The Golden-Age of Mingei - Life and Beauty in the Edo Period

    The Golden-Age of Mingei - Life and Beauty in the Edo Period

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2017-04-04 - 2017-06-18

    Mingei, often translated as folk art movement, advocated the “wisdom of life” and “tradition of mind,” expressing beliefs through a unique aesthetic sense and approach to craft. This exhibition focuses...More »

  • poster for Yanagi Soetsu and Artists of the Folk Craft Movement

    Yanagi Soetsu and Artists of the Folk Craft Movement

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    • Media: Architecture - Product - Crafts
    • 2017-01-08 - 2017-03-26

    This exhibition will explore the charm of the folk art movement by showcasing works by Yanagi Soetsu, Bernard Leach, Kanjiro Kawai, Shoji Hamada, Keisuke Serizawa and Shikoh Munakata. There will also be...More »

  • poster for Soetsu Yanagi/Path of His Collection – Focusing on Crafts of Japan

    Soetsu Yanagi/Path of His Collection – Focusing on Crafts of Japan

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    • Media: Nihonga - Prints - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2016-09-01 - 2016-11-23

    Soetsu Yanagi’s crafts collection assembled from the 1910s through the 1950s consists mainly of works made in the Edo period and is based on the concept “Mingei,” a term Yanagi coined in 1924. In addition...More »

  • poster for Manshichi Sakamoto “Photographs of Pre-war Okinawa”

    Manshichi Sakamoto “Photographs of Pre-war Okinawa”

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    • Media: Photography - Product - Fashion - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2016-06-21 - 2016-08-21

    As the second part of its 80 year anniversary celebrations the Japan Folk-Craft Museum presents an array of dyed textiles, weaving, pottery and funerary urns from Okinawa, along with precious photographs...More »

  • poster for The Beauty of Joseon Craft - Japan Folk-Craft Museum Collection

    The Beauty of Joseon Craft - Japan Folk-Craft Museum Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts - Ceramics - Talks
    • 2016-04-02 - 2016-06-12

    To mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of Japan Folk-Craft Museum a selection of 300 pieces of craft from the Joseon period(1392-1910) have been carefully chosen from the museum’s vast collection...More »

  • poster for The Dharma Gate of Beauty - The Aesthetics of Soetsu Yanagi

    The Dharma Gate of Beauty - The Aesthetics of Soetsu Yanagi

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2016-01-09 - 2016-03-21

    The first director of the Japan Folk-Craft Museum, Soetsu Yanagi, had a deep appreciation for the simple implements of everyday life used by ordinary people and gave the name “Mingei” to the folk crafts...More »

  • poster for Keisuke Serizawa120th Anniversary Exhibition

    Keisuke Serizawa120th Anniversary Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2015-09-01 - 2015-11-23

    Upon coming across the craft principles of Muneyoshi Yanagi and the traditional dyeing techniques of Okinawa, Keisuke Sarizawa took up a career as a dye artist and came to settle upon a method of stencil...More »

  • poster for Animal Motifs in Crafts and Paintings

    Animal Motifs in Crafts and Paintings

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2015-06-30 - 2015-08-23

    Amongst the collection of arts and crafts gathered in the Japan Folk-Craft Museum frequent motifs of animals appear across the numerous genres of work found here, from paintings and textiles to ceramics....More »

  • poster for Precious Forms of Mingei— Selected by Director Naoto Fukasawa

    Precious Forms of Mingei— Selected by Director Naoto Fukasawa

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2015-03-31 - 2015-06-21

    Looking upon the collection of Muneyoshi Yanagi one senses an outpouring of “loveliness” which no individual may refuse. It is perhaps the embodiment of “kawaii”. It may sound a little superficial, but...More »

  • poster for The Beauty of Words - The World of Crafted Calligraphy

    The Beauty of Words - The World of Crafted Calligraphy

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    • Media: Graphics - Crafts
    • 2015-01-10 - 2015-03-22

    From the scripts contained in painting and religious texts, to calligraphic works of ceramics the Japan Folk-Craft Museum holds a wide collection of art and crafts filled with the markings of language,...More »

  • poster for New Works Competition and Exhibition 2014

    New Works Competition and Exhibition 2014

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    • Media: Sculpture - Product - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2014-12-13 - 2014-12-25

    Focusing on handmade traditional crafts, this annual competition and exhibition displays and sells newly designed works from across Japan.More »

  • poster for Kantha and Sashiko— Needle Works From Bengal and Tohoku

    Kantha and Sashiko— Needle Works From Bengal and Tohoku

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2014-09-09 - 2014-11-24

    Kantha is a type of quilting from the Bengal region of India made with four or five pieces of soft, recycled saris and underskirts. Flowers, animals, and people are embroidered with colored thread, and...More »

  • poster for Shoji Hamada Exhibition

    Shoji Hamada Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2014-06-17 - 2014-08-31

    Marking 120 years since the birth of the Japan Folk-Craft Museum’s second director Shoji Hamada(1894-1978), this exhibition examines the refined ceramics of this cultural figure, who brought together the...More »

  • poster for “Kyushu Ceramics Exhibition”

    “Kyushu Ceramics Exhibition”

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2014-04-01 - 2014-06-08

    The kilns of Kyushu hold a special place in the ceramic history of early modern Japan and the Japan Folk-Craft Museum holds a wide collection of such ceramic work extending across the kilns of Karatsu,...More »

  • poster for “Tea Aesthetics -  The Tea of Soetsu Yanagi”

    “Tea Aesthetics - The Tea of Soetsu Yanagi”

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2014-01-10 - 2014-03-23

    In the first tea ceremony held at the Folk-Craft Museum in 1955, its organizer Soetsu Yanagi selected highly unique tea pots and utensils, reflecting his doctrine that if the tea set is not beautiful then...More »

  • poster for “Newly Designed Handicrafts” Exhibition

    “Newly Designed Handicrafts” Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2013-12-08 - 2013-12-23

    Showcasing an array of traditional handcrafted goods selected from around the country through an open call.More »

  • poster for Eyes of Sori Yanagi

    Eyes of Sori Yanagi

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    • Media: Product - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2013-08-27 - 2013-11-21

    In addition to working as a industrial designer, Sori Yanagi (1915-2011) served for around 30 years as the third director of the Japan Folk-Craft Museum. Yanagi traveled the world, taking in all that...More »

  • poster for The Simple Expressions of Tsukishima and Karukaya

    The Simple Expressions of Tsukishima and Karukaya

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-06-11 - 2013-08-18

    The historic records from the Maromachi era found in the scrolls of “Tales of Tsukishima” and the illustrated book “Karukaya” (Suntory Museum Collection) have up until now been given little attention as...More »

  • poster for Crafts of the Ainu

    Crafts of the Ainu

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2013-04-02 - 2013-06-02

    The Ainu of Hokkaido and surrounding areas revered nature as a deity and also believed objects created by humans to possess spiritual properties. Clothing, wooden tools, and other implements of daily life...More »

  • poster for "Urushi of Japan" Exhibition

    "Urushi of Japan" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2013-01-10 - 2013-03-24

    The beauty and luster of Japanese lacquer has been much admired since ancient times. Muneyoshi Yanagi, founder of the Mingei movement, also found beauty in various red, black and colored lacquer patterns...More »

  • poster for Annual Exhibition and Sale of Newly Designed Handiworks

    Annual Exhibition and Sale of Newly Designed Handiworks

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    • Media: Product - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2012-12-09 - 2012-12-23

    This exhibition showcase crafts that are useful to everyday life, drawn from a pool of entries solicited from artisans and craftsmen throughout Japan who have inherited a selection of traditional techniques....More »

  • poster for "40th Anniversary of the Reversion of Okinawa: Ryukyu Bingata" Exhibition

    "40th Anniversary of the Reversion of Okinawa: Ryukyu Bingata" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts
    • 2012-09-04 - 2012-11-24

    Muneyoshi Yanagi, founder of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, frequently travelled to Okinawa from 1938 and worked to introduce Ryukyu (Okinawan Island) culture and crafts to wider audiences. This exhibition...More »

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    Bernard Leach Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2012-06-19 - 2012-08-26

    Bernard Leach (1887-1979) was a potter working in St. Ives in Cornwall, England, and also came to Japan fourteen times, aiming to build a creative bridge between the east and the west. This exhibition...More »

  • poster for "Tohoku Crafts and Shiko Munakata" Exhibition

    "Tohoku Crafts and Shiko Munakata" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2012-04-03 - 2012-06-10

    Print artist Shiko Munakata was born in Aomori and is known for his work that overflows in vitality. His prints possess a surprising creativity displaying an innocent spirit, born out of the rich natural...More »

  • poster for "Slipware and Western Craft" Exhibition

    "Slipware and Western Craft" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2012-01-07 - 2012-03-25

    Mainly produced from the mid-18th through the late 19th century, English slipware pottery is characterized by decorative “sliptrail” patterns on top of an unglazed base. Largely passed over in England,...More »

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    "Newly Designed Handicrafts" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2011-12-10 - 2011-12-23

    Annual exhibition and sale of newly designed handicrafts from across Japan, including ceramics, porcelain, woven and dyed fabrics, lacquer, woodwork, metalwork, glass, bamboo pieces and more.More »

  • poster for "Paintings from the Joseon Dynasty" Exhibition

    "Paintings from the Joseon Dynasty" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2011-09-13 - 2011-11-23

    Paintings from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1897) include both works by royal court painters and "folk paintings" on folding screens done by anonymous artists who often depicted flower and bird motifs using...More »

  • poster for "Keisuke Serizawa and Yoshitaka Yanagi - Dyed and Woven Works" Exhibition

    "Keisuke Serizawa and Yoshitaka Yanagi - Dyed and Woven Works" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Fashion - Crafts
    • 2011-07-05 - 2011-09-04

    Dyeing crafts artists Keisuke Seizawa and Yoshitaka Yanagi are representative artists of the Mingei Folk Art Movement in the fields of dyeing and fabric-weaving. Both of them greatly respected each other...More »

  • poster for "Masterpieces of the Nihon Mingeikan - Commemorating its 75th Anniversary" Exhibition

    "Masterpieces of the Nihon Mingeikan - Commemorating its 75th Anniversary" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2011-04-05 - 2011-06-26

    The Japan Folk-Craft Museum was founded in 1936 in order to introduce visitors to the beauty ordinary crafts that speak to the spiritual and practical needs of life. Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), the first...More »

  • poster for "Japanese Antique Dolls from Miharu, Konosu, Tsutsumi and other areas" Exhibition

    "Japanese Antique Dolls from Miharu, Konosu, Tsutsumi and other areas" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2011-01-09 - 2011-03-21

    This exhibition at the Japan Folk Craft Museum showcases around 100 antique handmade Japanese folk dolls from our collection. Made during the late Edo through the beginning of the Meiji era, these dolls...More »

  • poster for "Kanjiro Kawai: 120th Birth Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition"

    "Kanjiro Kawai: 120th Birth Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition"

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2010-09-14 - 2010-11-23

    Kanjiro Kawai was a leading Japanese ceramic artist and one of the founders of the Mingei movement. He was known as an expert on the use of ceramic glazes, winning accolades from both Japan and abroad...More »

  • poster for "Japanese Dyed Works" Exhibition

    "Japanese Dyed Works" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2010-07-06 - 2010-09-05

    On display is a selection of over 70 Japanese tie-dyed, stencil-dyed and glue resist fabrics from the museum collection, including bedclothes, headdress from the Shonai region, and bingata resist-dyed...More »

  • poster for "Korean Ceramics - Muneyoshi Yanagi 50th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition"

    "Korean Ceramics - Muneyoshi Yanagi 50th Anniversary Commemorative Exhibition"

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2010-04-01 - 2010-06-27

    Muneyoshi Yanagi, the founder of the Japan Folk-Craft Museum, was fascinated by Korean ceramics and porcelain from an early age, writing extensively on the topic. This exhibition focuses on Yanagi's relationship...More »

  • poster for "Art of Weaving" Exhibition

    "Art of Weaving" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2010-01-06 - 2010-03-22

    Showcasing woven works such as baskets and straw raincoats produced by Japanese, Koreans and Native Americans.More »

  • poster for 2009 Japan Folk-Craft Museum Exhibition

    2009 Japan Folk-Craft Museum Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2009-12-05 - 2009-12-20

    Focusing on the traditional handiwork of Japanese artisans, this annual exhibition introduces new craft pieces from all over Japan, ranging from ceramics and textiles to metal and glass works.More »

  • poster for "The World of Soetsu Yanagi" Exhibition

    "The World of Soetsu Yanagi" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Ceramics
    • 2009-09-08 - 2009-11-19

    Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the birth of Soetsu Yanagi, the initiator of Mingei Movement and founder of Japan Folk-Craft Museum, this special exhibition traces his achievements. Member of Shirakaba...More »

  • poster for "The Beauty of Western Furniture" Exhibition

    "The Beauty of Western Furniture" Exhibition

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    • Media: Product
    • 2009-06-23 - 2009-08-16

    The majority of the museum's furniture collection consists of British pieces that follow in the tradition of medieval times. Simple yet bold, these works speak of the beauty that flourished in the society...More »

  • poster for Shiko Munakata Exhibition

    Shiko Munakata Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics
    • 2009-03-31 - 2009-06-14

    It was Muneyoshi Yanagi, the founder of the museum, who discovered the talent of Shiko Munakata (1903-1975) as a painter. Well acquainted with the leaders of the Craft Movement such as Yanagi, Kanjiro...More »

  • poster for "Japanese Min-ga Painting -Otsue and Doro-e" Exhibition

    "Japanese Min-ga Painting -Otsue and Doro-e" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-01-06 - 2009-03-22

    The founder of the museum, Muneyoshi Yanagi, started using the term "min-ga" to categorize paintings that were created and sold within the private sector. Among them, Otsu-e and doro-e are considered to...More »

  • 2008 Japan Folk Craft Museum Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2008-12-06 - 2008-12-20

    Focusing on the traditional handiwork of Japanese artisans, this annual exhibition introduces new craft pieces from all over Japan. This year's installment will be held in the museum's big exhibition hall....More »

  • poster for "Keys and Locks from Korea" Exhibition

    "Keys and Locks from Korea" Exhibition

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    • 2008-09-09 - 2008-11-20

    From the collection of the Sette Museum in Seoul, Korea, this exhibition showcases 150 keys and locks, 30 bolts and 30 key holders. The Sette Museum is a private museum focusing on artifacts such as traditional...More »

  • poster for "Ceramic Master Shoji Hamada 30th Anniversary" Exhibition

    "Ceramic Master Shoji Hamada 30th Anniversary" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2008-06-17 - 2008-08-31

    Together with Muneyoshi Yanagi, the founder of the Japan Folk-Craft Museum, ceramicist Kanjiro Kawai, and ceramic master Shoji Hamada started folk-craft movement. Moreover, Hamada served as the 2nd director...More »

  • poster for "Okinawa Textiles" Exhibition

    "Okinawa Textiles" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2008-04-01 - 2008-06-08

    In 1938, 2 years after founding this Museum, Muneyoshi Yanagi visited Okinawa for the first time and was struck by the beauty of Okinawan textiles. Yanagi visited the site three more times before 1940....More »

  • poster for "Beauty of Woodblock Prints and Stone Rubbings" Exhibition

    "Beauty of Woodblock Prints and Stone Rubbings" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2008-01-06 - 2008-03-23

    Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961) collected many works produced by nameless artisans. These items, which are today of irreplaceable value, were used by the ordinary people in their everyday lives. In this exhibition,...More »

  • poster for "White Porcelain & Sometsuke" Exhibition

    "White Porcelain & Sometsuke" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2007-07-03 - 2007-09-24

    White porcelain refers to ceramic ware from white clay which is covered with transparent glaze and fired to a high temperature. During the latter half of the 6th century, more advanced methods of kiln...More »

  • poster for "Pictorial Banners in the Edo Era - Banners & Streamers (Nobori)" Exhibition

    "Pictorial Banners in the Edo Era - Banners & Streamers (Nobori)" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2007-04-03 - 2007-06-24

    Banners (Nobori) are universally popular, but there is no other country that uses them as extensively as Japan. Even today, banners are used for business advertisements, show business and festivals at...More »

  • poster for "Soetsu Yanagi and Old Tamba Pottery" Exhibition

    "Soetsu Yanagi and Old Tamba Pottery" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2007-01-07 - 2007-03-25

    Yanagi Soetsu, founder of the Nihon Mingeikan, highly regarded Tamba pottery. He stated that Tamba pottery is uniquely Japanese and that it expresses an extreme quality of austerity in form, color and...More »

  • poster for "Soetsu Yanagi and Korean Folk Painting" Exhibition

    "Soetsu Yanagi and Korean Folk Painting" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-10-03 - 2006-12-20

    Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), the first director and founder of the Museum, coined the term "Mingei" (folk art) in 1926 to refer to common crafts that had been brushed aside by the industrial revolution....More »

  • poster for The Great Masters of the Folkcraft Movement

    The Great Masters of the Folkcraft Movement

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2006-07-04 - 2006-09-24

    Soetsu Yanagi, creator of the philosophy of Mingei and the founder of the Nihon Mingeikan, had many great artist-friends who believed in, lived by, and propagated his ideas on beauty. Such friends were...More »

  • poster for 70 Year Founding Anniversary Special Exhibition: "The Soetsu Yanagi Collection"

    70 Year Founding Anniversary Special Exhibition: "The Soetsu Yanagi Collection"

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2006-04-04 - 2006-06-25

    To commemorate the 70th year since the founding of the museum, an exhibition of founder Soetsu Yanagi's lifetime achievements is being held. Taken from the museum collection of approximately 17,000 works...More »

  • poster for National Living Treasures of Folk Art

    National Living Treasures of Folk Art

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2006-01-07 - 2006-03-25

    150 works from artists that were affiliated with Yanagi Soetsu (Muneyoshi) and named as National Living Treasures in the Showa and Heisei periods. There will be sculptures by Tatsuzo Shimaoka, Ryukyu pottery...More »

  • The "Iki" and Beauty of Korean Women

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2005-10-04 - 2005-12-20

    On display are a 150 items who belonged to women who lived during the Chosen Dynasty. Lent by South Korea's Amore Pacific Museum, they showcase the "iki" spirit, the snappy ingenuity of Korean women.More »

  • poster for The Beauty of the Ryukyu Archipel

    The Beauty of the Ryukyu Archipel

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    • Media: Prints - Crafts - Talks
    • 2005-07-05 - 2005-09-25

    The Ryukyu Archipel, better known as Okinawa, developed its own arts and crafts while incorporating elements from Japan, China and South-East Asia. This exhibition shows more than 200 Okinawan items,...More »

  • Ceramics in Kyushu

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2005-04-05 - 2005-06-26

    Around 150 works of Imari, Karatsu (Saga Prefecture), Onta (Oita Prefecture), Shodai (Kumamoto Prefecture), Naeshirogawa, Nanegashima (Kagoshima Prefecture), etc will be on display. These are Kyushu ceramics,...More »

  • poster for Special Exhibition Otsu-e

    Special Exhibition Otsu-e

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-01-07 - 2005-03-27

    Otsu-e Paintings were popular souvenirs of Otsu, located along the Tokaido Road, during the Edo-period. Over 100 Otsu-e paintings from the museum collection will be on display at this exhibition.More »

  • poster for Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada

    Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2004-10-05 - 2004-12-19

    Bernard Leach built his original style mixing East Asian China with English traditional technique. Shoji Hamada created the beauty of daily life in his works of ceramics with the technique of Masuko area....More »

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