May 04, 2019

Catch the Japanese Netsuke Exhibition in Manila this July!

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  • The Japan Foundation, Manila presents the traveling exhibition, Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke at Ayala Malls Capitol Central, Bacolod City from May 1 to 26, 2019 and Ayala Malls Greenbelt 5, Makati City from July 1 to 21, 2019. The exhibition is in collaboration with the Ayala Museum and Ayala Malls with the support of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines.

    IMAGE The Japan Foundation, Manila

    When the kimono culture blossomed during Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868), small carvings called Netsuke were created to secure small personal items like money pouches, medical containers or inrō and tobacco containers among others. Netsuke is worn suspended from the obi, the sash worn with the kimono.

    From being functional pieces to prevent the loss of personal items, the art developed into highly creative carvings. In the present, the classic netsuke gained international acclaim as unique and detailed carvings. In Japan, a number of Netsuke enthusiasts and carvers have managed to keep this beautiful tradition alive.

    IMAGE The Japan Foundation, Manila

    According to Mr. Hiroaki Uesgi, director of The Japan Foundation, Manila – Netsuke is a daily commodity that has evolved into a form of art. Viewers will enjoy and appreciate the elegant art made by Japanese craftsmanship.

    In celebration of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month that will happen in July, Mr. Tadamine Nakagawa and Ms. Asuka Kajiura, two renowned Netsuke artists and experts from Japan will be giving a lecture and demonstration about this historical and distinct form of art.

    IMAGE The Japan Foundation, Manila

    Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke is an innovative contemporary exhibition that will present 65 pieces by contemporary Japanese carvers and artists. Apart from the exhibition, there’s also a series of events that will take place to complement the Netsuke exhibition. Here are the special events that you should look forward to:

    • Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke Exhibition
      July 1-21, 2019
      3/F Greenbelt 5, Phase 1, Makati
      Mall hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Mon to Thurs); 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. (Fri-Sun)
      Free admission
    • The Art of Netsuke: Talk and Demonstration
      With Netsuke Masters Tadamine Nakagawa and Asuka Kajiura, and Karl Cheng Chua of Ateneo de Manila
      July 1, Monday, 4 p.m.
      3/F Gallery, Greenbelt 5, Makati
      Free admission
    • Netsuke Workshop
      With Netsuke Masters Tadamine Nakagawa and Asuka Kajiura, and Artists from Paete, Laguna
      July 2, Tuesday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
      Arete, Ateneo de Manila University
      Participants in the workshop are already pre-selected, but we invite observes to be a part of the audience.
      Free admission.

    Feast your eyes on this historical art form at the Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke Exhibition from May 1 to 26 at Ayala Malls Capitol Central, Bacolod City and on July 1 to 21 at the Ayala Malls Greenbelt 5, Makati City. Admission to the exhibition is free.

    For more information, you may contact The Japan Foundation, Manila by visiting their Official Facebook page or their Official website


    What: Contemporary Wood-Carved Netsuke Exhibition
    Where: Ayala Malls Capitol Central, Bacolod City &  Ayala Malls Greenbelt 5, Makati City
    When: May 1 to 26 (Bacolod); July 1 to 21 (Makati)
    Ticket information: Admission is free.

    This is a press release. Minor edits were made prior to publishing.
    Photos are courtesy of The Japan Foundation, Manila.

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