Even if we do not know when we will be able to open up to the public, we have been working hard on our next exhibition: Memories of Shōwa: Impressions of Working Life by Wada Sanzō. This exhibition consists of the impressive series ‘Japanese vocations of the Shōwa era in pictures’ by Wada Sanzō (1883-1967) and will feature all three volumes. These prints offer nostalgic and modern images of everyday life in Japan during the late 1930s through to the early 1950s. Together with Wada’s written observations, this exhibition provides a deeply personal account of the continuously changing professions during this complex era of modern Japanese history.
Keep an eye on our website and socials for any updates regarding our future opening times. Unfortunately we are unable to give any dates at this moment, but we hope to welcome you to Nihon no hanga very soon!
Our new website is up and running! Do you like our new look? We have added a new gallery of our collection with an exciting selection. We hope to expand the versatility of our website with this new format, especially during these trying times when everyone can use a daily dose of Japanese woodblock prints. Follow us on social media for a steady flow of works from our collection.
Unfortunately we will not be able to open the museum until further notice. Nihon no hanga is located in an old canal house. All museums need to adhere to a detailed and strict museum protocol, which is impossible for us to follow. Our priority is the health safety of our visitors and volunteers.
We do hope to open our doors this coming November and as always we will keep you posted of any new developments.
We will be closed for the time being, but you can still see some Japanese prints from our collection in Leiden. ‘NEKO. The Cat in Japanese art’ will reopen on Tuesday 2 June. The exhibition has been extended until 13 September.
Visitors are welcome to visit Japan Museum SieboldHuis with an online ticket with an entry time.
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.
As we are facing difficult times, we want to share something from our museum with you, every day. For the next 100 days we will post a print on our Facebook and Instagram from Koizumi Kishio’s series ‘One hundred pictures of Great Tokyo in the Shōwa era. From the first print in October 1928 to the hundredth design of December 1937, Kishio worked diligently on what he called his ‘life’s work’. The complete set can be found in our collection.
Descriptions of all one hundred prints have been limited to the original commentaries by Koizumi Kishio. Every comment includes a date for the print, but these are sometimes different from the one on the actual print. Underneath the title the date is included as shown on the design, and if it differs from the commentary date both Japanese dates are given.
Spring is here, but many of us are staying inside. Since we cannot open our doors today, we would like to share our map featuring all prints by Koizumi Kishio from our Great Tokyo exhibition placed in modern day Tokyo. Enjoy this virtual tour of Great Tokyo!
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.
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.
In January the exhibition Neko. The Cat in Japanese Art opened at Japan Museum SieboldHuis in Leiden. Our curator, Maureen de Vries, is the guest curator of this exhibition. You will find about forty kitties from our collection, some familiar but many have not been display in our museum. The exhibition is on display until 5 July 2020.