Meet Netsuke! Storytellers of Japan Exhibition

Part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

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

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC) presents a unique exhibition of finely crafted miniature sculptures known as netsuke [pronounced netz-kay] brimming with stories of life during Edo period Japan (17c-19c). Netsuke originated as functional accessories, but grew in popularity as eccentric fashion statements. Rarely displayed in public in these numbers, these pieces display not only rich history, but also meticulous craftsmanship.

Originally created as toggles to attach wallets, tobacco pouches, and other small boxes to the obi belt on Japanese kimono, netsuke became symbols of wealth, character, and personal values. Artful sculptures of everything from comical creatures to honored elements of nature, frightening mythological figures, and scenes from everyday life, each netsuke piece has a unique story to share about Japan.

The Japan Information & Culture Center will close our special Meet Netsuke! exhibition during the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival with a two lectures by Mr. James Abbott and Ms. Rosemary Bandini on the evening of May 15.

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