Netsuke: Japan's Tiny Goodwill Ambassadors Exhibition Opening

Part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.

Join the JICC as we open our special NCBF 2017 exhibition, Meet Netsuke!, with a demonstration and lecture by the acclaimed by the Komada family!

Displaying meticulous craftsmanship, netsuke began as purely functional accessories but grew in popularity as examples of the era’s eccentric fashion. Contemporary netsuke artist Ryushi Komada and author Makiko Komada are a father-daughter team specializing in the art of netsuke (carved toggles) and okimono (statuettes). Makiko will give a lecture on the history of netsuke as tiny cultural ambassadors and introducing the role America has played in protecting, supporting, and developing netsuke.

Her lecture will be followed by an artist talk and demonstration by third-generation sculptor, Ryushi Komada. Ryushi will speak about his life as a netsuke artist and demonstrate some of his personal techniques. Famous for his beautiful carvings of faces, he will walk the audience through his creative process. A 15-min Q&A session will follow.


Makiko Komada

Author specializing in
Netsuke and Okimono


Ryushi Komada

Contemporary Netsuke Artist

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