Past Exhibition Special Exhibition

The First of the National Crafts Museum’s Grand Opening Exhibitions: Japanese Crafts-Materials, Techniques and Regionalities





Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo is moving to Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, and being reopened as National Crafts Museum on October 25, 2020. Focusing on materials, techniques, and regionalities, the first exhibition after the move presents 130 masterpieces of modern Japanese crafts.

In recent years, much attention has been paid to new perspectives on the “regionalities” that have been nurtured in various areas. Japanese crafts have a long history of introducing into their designs the beauties of nature that change from season to season. At the same time, they themselves are made of natural materials. In each region, people have used native materials to create crafts that have lived in our lives. Japanese crafts have developed an amazing diversity rather than uniformity. How have craftspeople faced materials–nature in modernizing Japan? How have they changed their perspectives on nature’s image with the times? How have they developed their relationships with their lands and things? This exhibition illustrates constantly updated “regionalities” in this country through these questions.

Hours & Admissions


National Crafts Museum


October 25, 2020 – January 11, 2021
*Some exhibits will be changed during the period of the exhibition.


9:30 – 17:30
※Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.


on Mondays except October 26, November 23, 2020 and January 11, 2021; November 24, 2020; and from December 28, 2020 to January 1, 2021


Adults ¥500 / Students (college/university) ¥300
*Free for high school students, under 18.
*Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.
*All prices include tax.


The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts Council

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