Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan

from 1. 8. 2018 to 30. 9. 2018


Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan is an exhibition planned to mark the March 11 anniversary of the 2011Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. The Tohoku region, known for its beautiful mountains and seascapes as well as its rich local culture and history, suffered damage and destruction of unprecedented proportions. Much was lost, and manufacturing and handicraft culture were hard hit. People in local areas affected by the disaster, however, have been working closely together to rebuild, intent on restoring peace and normality to their lives as soon as possible. 

This exhibition reminds us once again of the distinctive appeal of Tohoku's heritage of arts and craft. The displays present works of various genres – ceramics, lacquerware, textiles, metalwork, wood and bamboo crafts, etc. – allowing visitors
to enjoy the diverse and exquisite world of Tohoku traditions. 

The works included in the exhibit present an opportunity to discover anew the high level of traditional craft techniques nurtured in the Tohoku region and the functional beauty of daily implements used since ancient times in Japan. The art and
craftsmanship of these works also help us to better appreciate the folk wisdom derived from lives lived close to nature and the manual skills and dexterity cultivated out of that wisdom.