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November exhibition postponed

After being unable to open our museum in May this year, we had hoped to open Nihon no hanga to the public this November with a snow-themed exhibition. After careful consideration we have come to the conclusion to not open the museum this November. We feel a responsibility towards our visitors and volunteers to guarantee a safe visit to our museum. Unfortunately we find ourselves in a difficult position with the current developments surrounding COVID-19. We therefore have decided to postpone our ‘Snow Country’ exhibition to November 2021.

Even though we will not be able to meet you in person, we hope to see you through our other channels. We have been more active on Instagram and Facebook, where we will share a number of prints from the Nihon no hanga collection on a regular basis. We are also still working on a digital museum environment where you will be able to view exhibitions from the past. 

We hope to welcome you to Nihon no hanga in Spring 2021 with a fresh exhibition.

Until then, stay safe.

Best wishes,

Elise Wessels
Director

Maureen de Vries
Curator

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May exhibition cancelled

Unfortunately due to developments surrounding the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel our upcoming exhibition in May. We hope to reschedule our exhibition to a later date. Through our newsletter we will inform you of new activities.

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Special display and extra open days cancelled

Unfortunately due to recent developments surrounding the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel our upcoming events in March. We hope to reschedule ‘Echizen: A New Era of Lacquerware Design’ and the extra open days for ‘Great Tokyo: One Hundred Views by Koizumi Kishio’ to a later date. Through this newsletter we will inform you of new activities.

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Echizen lacquerware & Great Tokyo!

In collaboration with the Japanese crafts centre Echizen, Nihon no hanga proudly presents a special display of contemporary lacquerware, Echizen: A New Era of Lacquerware Design, from Wednesday 18 until Sunday 22 March, 12.00 – 17.00 hrs.

Japanese lacquer (urushi) is one of Japan’s oldest crafts. Excavations have revealed lacquered items that are more than 9000 years old. Despite this incredibly long history, little has changed in the way natural lacquerware is produced. Urushi is still 100% handmade, using a natural resin that is tapped from lacquer trees from sustainable plantations. In the battle against plastics, this ancient tradition may actually mark the beginning of a new future for lacquer in the modern world.

Lacquer holds strong ties with Japan’s traditional cuisine (washoku). Its naturally disinfectant surface makes it the ideal material for the production of traditional tableware. However, Japan’s culinary tradition has seen some radical changes over the past decades, making it difficult to fit lacquerware into the daily lives of modern Japanese families. Traditional production centres like Echizen and Wajima are struggling to maintain a balance between preservation and progress. 
Through collaboration with a team of international designers from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Echizen has developed a new series lacquer ware products which are more suitable to a contemporary, urban lifestyle. All items are still 100% handmade, using only natural materials. This event marks Echizen’s first step onto the international stage. Echizen has chosen Amsterdam to promote their new Metropolitan and Modern Classics series of contemporary lacquerware design.

Last chance for Great Tokyo

Due to the great success of our November exhibition, we have decided to give everyone a last chance to visit Great Tokyo: One Hundred Views by Koizumi Kishio during the Echizen lacquerware display. The exhibition will be open to visitors on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March, 12.00 – 17.00 hrs.