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Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan


Ayala Museum and The Japan Foundation, Manila present

The Japan Foundation Traveling Exhibition
Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan

Ceramics | Lacquerware | Textiles | Baskets | Metalwork | Wood crafts

June 16 – July 26, 2015
Ground Floor Gallery

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM), in partnership with Ayala Museum and with support from JT International (Philippines) Inc., commemorates the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami with a traveling exhibition that recognizes the traditional handicrafts of the region steadfastly recovering from the calamity.

On exhibition are around 70 works that best exemplify the craftsmen’s high level of skill in basket weaving, lacquerware, pottery, embroidery, and wood crafts. Some of the curated works include tsugaru lacquerware and kogin embroidery from Aomori prefecture; Mage wappa (bent woodwork) and kaba zaiku (bark craftsmanship) from Akita prefecture; E-rosoku (decorated candles) and cloth decorated using tsutsugakidyeing technique from Fukushima prefecture.

The traveling exhibition also features the late mingei (folk craft) movement artists who were not necessarily from the Tohoku region but whose works were significantly influenced by the traditional Tohoku handicrafts. There are wood block prints byShiko Munakata, screens and textiles by Keisuke Serizawa, and ceramics by Shoji Hamada and Kanjiro Kawai. Serizawa and Hamada were both designated as Holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property by the Japanese government.

In July, a one-day lecture and hands-on workshop on a traditional craft common to both Tohoku and the Philippines will be held. Schedule and other details will be released soon. Please visit and for updates. You may also call JFM at 811-6155 to 58 or send a message to for inquiries.

Prior to Manila, the exhibition has already traveled to Hungary, China, Vietnam, and Thailand. Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan runs at the Ayala Museum until July 26 before it travels to South Korea. The exhibition is also part of JFM’s lineup of activities for the 2015 Philippines-Japan Friendship Month in July.


For inquiries:
CALL: 759 82 88

IMAGE DETAILS. Thatched huts in Tsumura, Obi (sash). Detail. Sencil-dyed crepe silk. Courtesy of The Japan Foundation.

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