temporary closure(3/25-4/1)

Indigo Shibori -the works of Motohiko Katano
April 2nd(Tue) - June 16th (Sun), 2019

Motohiko Katano (1899-1975), known as a leading specialist of shibori (tie-dye) with natural indigo, established an original technique of his own, which is later called 'katano shibori'. This exhibition introduces selected works of indigo shibori by Katano such as kimonos, tapestries, and noren curtains. Works by Kaori Katano (1932-2016), daughter of Motohiko who had sincerely supported her father as a dyer throughout her life, are also exhibited. Please enjoy the magnificence of shibori world with indigo and white patterning.

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Indigo tie-dyed kimono (detail)
Motohiko Katano 1960-70's
temporary closure(6/17-6/24)

Japanese Tableware
June 25th (Tue) - September 1st (Sun), 2019

Tableware are used in a daily life and have been one of the most familiar and life-related crafts for us since its origin until today. In this exhibition features Japanese tableware from the collection of Soetsu Yanagi, who admired the beauty of daily objects and aimed to unite life and beauty. On display are mainly ceramics including tableware for daily life, for tea ceremony and tea-ceremony dishes (kaiseki), and works by artists-craftsmen.


Tableware made by Kanjiro Kawai and Shoji Hamada
(used by Soetsu Yanagi)
temporary closure(9/2-9/9)

Soetsu Yanagi and Old Tamba
September 10th (Tue) - November 24th (Sun), 2019

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 refined beauty.' This exhibition shows you jars with natural ash glazes around from 13th century, jars, pots, sake bottles, and plates with various decoration such as carved-lines from Edo period, and so on.


Jar, natural ash glaze
Kamakura period, 13th century. h.42.0㎝
temporary closure(11/25-12/13)

New Works Competition and Exhibition 2019

December 14th (Sat) - 25th (Wed), 2019

Dedicated to the pursuit of quality handicrafts for today and the future, the Museum sponsors an annual competition, display, and sale of handmade objects by craftspeople. Anyone can participate in the competition. The categories are: ceramics, hand dyed or hand woven textiles, wood work, lacquered ware, metal, bamboo, straw, glass, paper and others.
*West Hall will be closed on Dec. 14th.


New Works Competition and Exhibition 2018 poster
temporary closure(12/26-1/11)

Forms with Prayers
-focusing on Okinawa burial urns January 12th (Sun) March 22nd (Sun), 2020

Outstanding works which are created with prayers always bear religious practice. They suggest to creators that they should be consistently aware of significant existence beyond individuals or the deceased, resulting in modesty or awe of creators. Compared to other crafts, they have thicker relationship with beauty without individual intentions. This exhibition first introduces a new collection of Okinawa burial urns as well as various forms with prayers all over the world.


Burial urn, earthenware.
Ryukyu Kingdom period, 1689. h.51.0cm.
temporary closure(3/23-3/30)
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