Netsuke: The Prince Takamado Collection

High quality miniature craftsmanship in Ueno

Apr 16th
Jul 28th
Venue: Tokyo National Museum When: Apr 16th - Jul 28th 2019, 9:30am - 5:00pm

The Tokyo National Museum in Ueno will be hosting the Netsuke: The Prince Takamado Collection exhibition until the end of July.

The exhibition features netsuke works acquired by the late Imperial Prince Takamado and his wife which much of the collection made up of contemporary creations made by top netsuke artists using a wide range of materials.

Netsuke are miniature sculptures used as toggles for carry containers that are worn on traditional Japanese clothing. Akin to the modern keychain, netsuke developed into beautifully crafted forms which were, and continue to be, lauded for their intricate detail and expression of classical Japanese motifs.

Please check the official museum website for further details.

Getting there

Take the JR Line to Ueno Station. The museum is about a 10-minute walk from the Park Exit. If you take the Ginza or Hibiya Subway Lines to Ueno Station, add a few more minutes to your walk time.

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Kim B a year ago
I always admire the level of craftsmanship here. It's like nowhere else I've ever visited.
Sleiman Azizi Author a year ago
It's something that I've often wondered about and I really don't have an answer other than to say that I like it.
Elizabeth S a year ago
This is on my list of art to see in the summer to beat the July heat.

My father bought netsuke at auction on a whim. It’s a small but powerful masterpiece in ivory - a mouse and a frog on a lily pad. Not all are fabulously valuable, but this one is a treasure for my family.
Sleiman Azizi Author a year ago
Ueno is one of my favourite places. There's so much there that even with the growing number of visitors, I've still always got time for it.
Elena Lisina a year ago
Amazing art and skill, isn't it?
Elena Lisina a year ago
Japanese are good in tiny things! :) I saw big collection of netsuke in the Museum of Oriental Culture in Moscow. But still haven't visited Ueno museum - I should!