The Superlative Artistry of Japan Exhibition

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and The Japan Foundation

We are proud to bring a new audience the opportunity to experience the meticulousness and devotion of Japan's craftsmanship.

The Japan Information & Culture Center with The Japan Foundation

What is "Superlative Artistry?"

Superlative Artistry refers to a creative skill or ability of the highest quality or degree. Through this exhibition we intend to introduce Japan's creative culture that honors craftsmanship and devotion towards the production processes. This traveling exhibition has compiled over 30 works that each place great emphasis on highly skilled techniques, ingenious expressions and concepts, and a high level of perfection.

We hope that through this exhibition, our guests can experience Japan’s creative culture and monozukuri (literally translated to “the making of things”) spirit through this theme of Superlative Artistry. Starting with craft works from the Meiji era (1868-1912), this exhibition features items across a wide range of genres, including contemporary art, craft works, food samples, and shokugan (small toys sold with candy).

Join us at the Japan Information & Culture Center for a celebration of the Japanese spirit of monozukuri through this two-part encounter with Superlative Artistry.

To view English subtitles, enable subtitles/closed captions (c) on the video. As seen in the video, this exhibition will feature works by Riusuke Fukahori and YAMAGUCHI Akira.

Part I

Part I of this exhibition will kick off on May 17th and run through June 9th. This first part will feature crafts by Satoshi Araki, Riusuke Fukahori, Kimiyo Mishima, Naoki Nishiwaki, Takeshi Kitamura, and unknown Meiji Era Kōgei artists. More information coming soon.

Part II

Part II of this exhibition will kick off on June 16th and will run through July 12th. This second part will feature crafts by Ichiyo Yamamoto, Hiroaki Umeda, Naoki Honjo, YAMAGUCHI Akira, and Yasuhiro Suzuki as well as figures produced by Kaiyodo and food samples. More information coming soon.


The Japan Foundation is Japan's only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. To cultivate friendship and ties between Japan and the world, the Japan Foundation creates global opportunities to foster friendship, trust, and mutual understanding through culture, language, and dialogue.

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