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TOKYO

‘Revalue Nippon Project: Hidetoshi Nakata’s Favorite Japanese Kogei’

SHIODOME MUSEUM

by Kaori Kubo

Staff Writer

April 9-June 5

Traditional arts and crafts are important historical elements of our heritage, but they are often forgotten and neglected.

Former soccer player Hidetoshi Nakata initiated the “Revalue Nippon Project” several years ago to help promote Japanese culture and encourage visitors to look again at the nation’s industrial crafts. Over those years, the project has been creating objects that focus on different traditional Japanese materials, including ceramics, washi paper and bamboo. This exhibition introduces the artists and craftsmen behind such works, which challenge our concept of Japanese beauty. As artworks, the pieces on display highlight the best of Japanese craftsmanship — the details that are often unnoticed in the familiarity of the everyday items they are inspired by.

Shiodome Museum; Panasonic Tokyo Shiodome Bldg. 4F, 1-5-1 Higashi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Shiodome Stn. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Wed. 03-5777-8600; www.panasonic.co.jp/es/museum