“Winter Exhibition of Netsuke Art by Jin Kuwabara”


by Tomoko Hori

Staff Writer

Netsuke are decorative button-like toggles invented during the Edo Period (1603-1867) to fasten shut inro pill boxes and tobacco pouches that men wore hanging from their kimono sashes. They were usually made from ivory, wood, ceramics or deer antler and in the shape of animals or spiritual figures.

The Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum is only open four times a year, and for limited periods, to showcase contemporary netsuke artists. This exhibition features the work of Jin Kuwabara, who uses motifs derived from daily life to create unusual and unique netsuke. Selected classical netsuke will also be on display; Feb. 1-29.

Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum; 46-1 Mibukayougosho-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto; Kyoto Station, JR Tokaido Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,200. www.netsukekan.jp