As kimono culture flourished during the Edo period (1603-1868) in Japan, netsuke, or small carved ornaments, were created as toggles to secure small personal items such as money pouches and inrō (medicine containers).
From functional pieces used to prevent those little containers from falling, it evolved into small but highly creative carvings. Today, classic netsuke have gained international acclaim as remarkably detailed carvings.
Some netsukeenthusiasts and carvers have managed to keep the tradition alive in Japan.
The Japan Foundation Manila, in collaboration with Ayala Museum and Ayala Malls, brings this piece of art to the country via a traveling exhibition, dubbed “Contemporary Wood-carved Netsuke,” opening at Capitol Central in Bacolod City on May 1-26 and at Greenbelt in Makati on July 1-21.
“Netsuke is unique in that daily commodities have evolved into art form in the course of time,” said Japan Foundation director Hiroaki Uesugi. “I believe viewers can enjoy and appreciate the delicate work of art created by Japanese craftsmanship.”
The crafts exhibition will display 65 works by contemporary Japanese netsuke carvers and artists. It is open to the public for free.
To complement the exhibition as well as celebrate the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month in July, two renowned netsuke artists and experts from Japan, Tadamine Nakagawa and Asuka Kajiura, are coming to give lecture and demonstration about this distinct and historical art form.
COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Manila Standard. Comments are views by manilastandard.net readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of manilastandard.net. While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with Manila Standard editorial standards, Manila Standard may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section.