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TOKYO

‘From Crafts to Kogei: In Commemoration of the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition’

Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

by Edan Corkill

Staff Writer

Since the establishment of the Living National Treasure designation system, by which practitioners of performing arts or crafts possessing particularly important or rare traditional techniques are feted, an exhibition showcasing recipients’ works alongside that of others has taken place every year. To celebrate the 60th Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, this year’s show highlights the ongoing creative explorations of Japan’s very best craftspeople.

The work of Living National Treasures will be included among that of 97 practitioners of pottery, textiles, lacquerware, metalworking, dollmaking, woodworking and papermaking. One highlight will be a kimono dyed in a soft multicolored gradation of pastel colors by Living National Treasure Yoshinori Tsuchiya; Dec. 21-Feb. 23

The Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; 1-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Takebashi Stn. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. ¥500. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.momat.go.jp