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Soetsu Yanagi and Aichi Mingei

Toyota City Folk Crafts Museum
Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), the founder of the Mingei movement, visited Aichi Prefecture to investigate stone plates in Seto in 1930 and zazechi (paper cutouts) in Hongo Village (now Toei-cho) in 1937. In his book "Handicraft of Japan" (published in 1948), Yanagi wrote about the current state of handicraft in Japan around 1940 and enlightened the public about the beauty of Japan's unique handicraft and the importance of passing them on.

In 1956, Yanagi saw the Enku Buddha for the first time at Natayakushi in Nagoya, and in "Mingei" No. 81 (published in 1959), he wrote a special feature on the Enku Buddha, stating that he was completely astonished by this rare statue and was so impressed that he was overwhelmed.

This exhibition introduces approximately 200 items from the museum collection, including pottery from Seto, Inuyama, and Tokoname, folded umbrellas from Fuso, tie-dye from Arimatsu-Narumi, Mikawa cotton, Asuke paper, windmills from Utsushi Shrine, and zazechi from Hanamatsuri, as well as Enku Buddha and Enku's calligraphy, which were introduced in "Handicraft of Japan."


Jul 1 (Sat) 2023-Sep 24 (Sun) 2023 

Opening Hours Information

Open on a public holiday Monday but closed on the following day.
Closed during the New Year holidays.
VenueToyota City Folk Crafts Museum
Location86-100 Haiwa, Hiratobashi-cho, Toyota-shi, Aichi 470-0331
Access15 minute walk from Hiratobashi Station on the Meitetsu Mikawa line.
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