Current Exhibitions

  • February 22 - May 6, 2019

Bizen: From Earth and Fire, Exquisite Forms


Water container with ears, 1958

List of works>> English Chinese Korean

Bizen ware has been popular for many years in Japan as primitive, simple unglazed ceramics shaped out of clay and flames. Distinctive appearances created during firing in wood-fired kilns are the feature unique to Bizen ware, such as yohen (accidental coloring), hidasuki (red sash), botamochi (rice cake dumpling covered with bean paste), goma (sesame) and sangiri (framed by crosspieces). This exhibition presents a broad range of Bizen ware from masterpieces of ko-Bizen (ancient Bizen) that were praised by masters of the tea ceremony in the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568–1600), to works by modern ceramists enchanted by ko-Bizen, and those by younger artisans aiming to build on the tradition and establish today’s style, including works by holders of Important Intangible Cultural Properties. The exhibition will explore the charm of Bizen ware that is simple but capable of producing a wide variety of expression.

Hours & Admissions

Crafts Gallery
February 22, 2019 - May 6, 2019
10:00 - 17:00
※Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Mondays (except March 25, April 1 and 29, May 6, 2019)
Day ticket (Group of 20 persons or more)
Adults ¥900(600)
Students (college/university) ¥500(350)
High school students ¥300(200)

*All prices include tax.

*Free for Junior high school students, Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

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Crafts Gallery

1-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0091


OPEN today

March 25, 2019 (Mon)
10:00 - 17:00
Last Admission : 16:30

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