[Image: "Bamboo Traveling Trunk" Rikuchu Torikoshi, Iwate (1930s) "Sashiko Tabi Socks" Uzen Shonai (Yamagata), (c. 1940) Collection of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Photo by Yuki Ogawa]

Mingei - The Beauty of Everyday Things

Setagaya Art Museum
Until Jun 30
About 100 years ago, the philosopher Soetsu Yanagi advocated for folk crafts, known as "mingei." Embracing the beauty found in everyday life and cherishing the materials and artisans, the concept of "mingei" is once again recognized as essential.

This exhibition explores the theme of "clothing, food, and shelter" through the lens of mingei, showcasing approximately 150 beautiful mingei items used in daily life. Additionally, the exhibition will visit the regions where mingei continues to thrive, introducing the artisans who work there and the traditional craftsmanship passed down through generations.

Furthermore, an installation that combines contemporary lifestyle with mingei, curated by Terry Ellis and Keiko Kitamura (Director of Mogi Folk Art), who have played a significant role in the current mingei boom, will be one of the exhibition highlights.


Now in session

Apr 24 (Wed) 2024-Jun 30 (Sun) 2024 38 days left

Opening Hours Information

Open on April 29 and May 6.
Closed on May 7.
FeeAdults ¥1700, Seniors 65 & Over ¥1400, University and High School Students ¥800, Junior High and Elementary School Students ¥500
VenueSetagaya Art Museum
Location1-2 Kinuta-koen, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0075
Access17 minute walk from the South exit of Yoga Station on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi line; From the North exit of Yoga Station on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi line, take the Tokyu bus and get off at Bijutsukan.
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1階の展示空間が面白かった。作品点数はあまり多くなく、体系的に膨大な情報や物事が整理されているのわけではないので、その点はやや物足りない。 個人的に倉敷ガラスに興味があるので2階に映像や展示があって嬉しかった。職人さんの手仕事はもっと評価されてほしい。 グッズショップがかなり広く、器や紙もの、オリジナルグッズのTシャツなど色々あった。