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The guide of 2017 Exhibition

We open the exhibition for understanding of aesthetic value of handwork and folk craft.
We will sincerely wait for coming to the museum.

  Special Exhibition
Soetsu Yanagi:
 Trajectory of His Collection

  −Focusing on the Crafts of Japan−
Tuesday, October 17 to Sunday, December 24, 2017
Toyota City Folk Craft Museum (Daini/Daini Mingei-kan)
9:00 am to 5:00 pm


General 300 yen, High School and University Students 200 yen Free admission for junior high school students and younger, aged 70 and older, high school students living or studying in Toyota City and disabled (requires identification)

One day to experience the beauty of fall leaves and the valley of crafts: Admission to the special exhibition free on November 4

Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961) established the Japan Folk Crafts Museum in Komaba, Tokyo at age 47 in 1936. Yanagi is known as the discoverer of the beauty of folk crafts, everyday objects made by unnamed craftspeople. In addition to his role as the founder of the folk-crafts movement, he is a person difficult to describe in a single word with interests ranging from art enthusiast to religious philosopher, thinker and art critic. The Japan Folk Crafts Museum collection has served as a mecca of the folk-crafts movement since its founding with a core of old pieces that should serve as models for new folk crafts. This personal collection of Yanagi dates to before the conceptualization of “folk-crafts” and is characterized by its breadth and range for a single curator. This exhibition is a recomposition of the exhibition planned to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum last year. More than just seeing Yanagi as the father of the folk-crafts movement, through the collection we can observe his lifelong pursuit of faith and beauty as a collector with about 250 Japanese pieces showing a clear progression through the years of the trajectory of his collection.

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【My Collection Story】
 Have you collected something?
 Please share “My Collection Story” in the notebook in the Daini Mingeikan.
 It will be viewable in the Daisan Mingeikan after this period comes to an end.

Related events

● Memorial Lecture: Soetsu Yanagi − Trajectory of His Collection (Before and after formulation of “folk-crafts”)   
Saturday, October 28, 14:00 to 15:30
Toyota City Folk Craft Museum (Daisan Mingeikan)
Shintaro Shirotsuchi (Curator, Japan Folk Crafts Museum)
Free (must have purchased a ticket for the current period)
50 (no reservation required)

Gallery talk (Exhibit guidance by staff)
Saturday, November 25, 14:00 (about one hour in length)
Meeting place
Toyota City Folk Craft Museum (Daiichi Mingeikan)
Free (must have purchased a ticket for the current period)
20 (no reservation required)

Folk Craft Bus Tour: Shizuoka Mokujiki Buddhas and Kuzufu Workshops with Dr. Kojima
  After touring the Kuzufu workshop at Oigawa, viewing Mokujiki Buddhas in Fujieda
Thursday, November 16, 8:30 to 17:30
Meeting place
Toyota City Mingei no Mori Parking Lot
Taiji Kojima (Critic, National Mokujiki Research Association)
1,700 yen (lunch 1,600 yen, insurance 100 yen, bus free)
40 (Mingeikan Friendship Association given priority)
Return postcard received by Wednesday, November 1
No children younger than school age.

Hand Finishing Lecture: Kogin as seen by Yanagi, Experience the Craftsmanship  
After awarding the Koginzashi needlework,
creation of a simple koginzashi broach

koginzashi broach
Sunday, December 3, 13:30 to 15:30
Toyota City Folk Craft Museum (Daisan Mingeikan)
Participation fee
500 yen
Elementary grade 5 and older (Elementary students accompanied by guardians)
Return postcard received by Tuesday, November 21

One day to experience the beauty of fall leaves and the valley of crafts: Admission to the special exhibition free
The special exhibition is free for all this day only. We plan to hold walking events around the Mingeikan and Mingei no Mori as well.
Saturday, November 4

※ Bus tour and hand craft lectures require application by filling in the lecture name, attendee (and grade for elementary students), address and phone number on the back of a return postcard that must arrive at the Folk Craft Museum before the deadline. Participants selected by lottery when over-capacity.

<Simultaneous exhibitions> Soetsu Yanagi: Footprints in Aichi

Saturday, October 14 to Sunday, November 26
Daiichi Mingei-kan Admission: Free
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