Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan
March 15 - May 15, 2017
1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100
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 exhibition will be open to the public, 9:00AM-5:00PM, Monday through Friday.

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