Past Exhibition Collection Exhibition

Modern Crafts and the Tea Ceremony from the Museum Collection



Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo


The extensive development of Japanese crafts has been closely related to the tea ceremony. Focusing on tea-ceremony-related pieces produced by modern artists including bearers of important intangible cultural property, this exhibition will present pieces by 60 artists to illustrate flexible thinking and form creation by the creators. This exhibition will also provide an opportunity to think about the ways in which utensils are appreciated through “likening” as well as their charm.

Works of Living Natiocnal Treasures

This program of the Crafts Gallery presents works of bearers of important intangible cultural property (Living National Treasures) and other leading artists and designers at home and abroad.

List of Works

ArtistBirth – DeathTitleDateMaterial & Technique
KATO Hajime1900-1968Ornamental jar, floral clusters pattern, overglaze enamels and gold1965porcelain
KONDO Yuzo1902-1985Jar, rock design, underglaze blue1960porcelain
SHIMIZU Uichi1926-2004Jar with ridges, horai-ji1983porcelain
TOKUDA Yasokichi III1933-2009Bowl, “Melody”, overglaze enamels1992porcelain
TOMIMOTO Kenkichi1886-1963Square dish, thistle design, overglaze enamels1938porcelain
AKAJI Yusai1906-1984Tray, magewa, lacquered in cinnabar and gold1964lacquer, magewa
MAE Fumio1940-Writing-paper box, “Morning Mist”, chinkin1998lacquer, chinkin
MASUMURA Mashiki1910-1996Square tray in the shape of chrysanthemum flower, cinnabar-lacquered with gradated colors, kanshitsu1995lacquer, kanshitsu
MATSUDA Gonroku1896-1986Tea caddy, mandarin duck design, maki-e and rankaku1945lacquer, maki-e, rankaku
OTOMARU Kodo1898-1997Tea caddy, mother’s-heart design, choshitsuc.1959lacquer, choshitsu
OTOMARU Kodo1898-1997Bowl for sweets, flower pattern, choshitsuc.1960lacquer, choshitsu
TAKANO Shozan1889-1976Box, butterfly design, kiji maki-e1963lacquer, maki-e
KAWAGITA Koichi1902-1977Large round tray, clear lacquer on zelkova wood1961zelkova wood, turning
MAEDA Nansai1880-1958Low table for incense burner mulberry wood1920mulberry wood, joining
ONO Showasai1912-1996Small box, mulberry wood and mottled persimmon wood1993wood (mulberry, persimmon), joining
OSAKA Hiromichi1937-Box for writing brush box, floral scroll design in inlay, dyed from sappanwood on persimmon wood1993persimmon wood, joining, tin inlay
FUJINUMA Noboru1945-Basket, “Junten”, ajiro-ami (weave)2003bamboo
KANO Natuo1828-1898Incense container, orchid design, silver1896silver, metal-carving
UNNO Kiyoshi1884-1956Small base, phoenix design, copper1927copper, metal-carving
TOMIMOTO Kenkichi1886-1963Sketch for ornamental plates, “Leaning Thistles”1933sumi ink, paper


Gallery Talk


May 17, 2015(Sun)
June 14, 2015(Sun)



Free Program ( But Museum admission required. )

*Offered in Japanese only

Touch & Talk: Guided by Volunteer Staff Members

Looking at craft pieces, you may wonder what they are made of, or how they are made. You may also want to touch them. To meet such requests, Touch & Talk programs are given at the Crafts Gallery by volunteer docent. Since pieces and topics in focus vary each time offered, you can enjoy participation any number of times. We look forward to your joining us.


Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibition periods.



●English guide is available upon request.

Hours & Admissions


Crafts Gallery, The National Museum Modern Art, Tokyo


April 28, 2015 – June 21, 2015


10:00 – 17:00
※Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.


Closed on Mondays (except May 4, 2015)


Day ticket (Group of 20 persons or more)
Adult ¥210(100)
Student(college/university) ¥70(40)

*All prices include tax.
Free for high school students, under 18, seniors(65 and over), Campus Members, MOMAT passport holders.
Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

Free Admission Days

May 3, June 7, 2015


The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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