Guided Tour: The Toguri Museum of Art 30th Anniversary Exhibition: Kakiemon

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Please join us Wednesday May 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm for a special event at the Toguri Museum of Art, a small museum in Shibuya that specializes in fine Japanese porcelain. For this private, after-hours event, we will have the museum to ourselves. Alice Gordenker, arts writer for The Japan Times, will guide us through the current Guided Tour: The Toguri Museum of Art 30th Anniversary Exhibition: Kakiemon.


For hundreds of years, the celebrated Kakiemon line of potters has produced exquisite porcelain ware in Arita, in what is now Saga Prefecture. From one generation to the next, they passed on the secret techniques needed to make what has come to be known as the Kakiemon style. Characterized by well-balanced designs that make good use of empty space, this prized porcelain features a beautiful white base and predominant use of a vibrant red.  In addition to a gorgeous selection of Edo-era masterpieces from the museum’s own collection, we will have the chance to see completely new works by Sakaida Kakiemon XV, the current head of the kiln, as well as works for his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. With nearly 100 works and related exhibits, this is a wonderful opportunity to trace the entire Kakiemon history, from the development of this superlative technology to its continuation and mastery in our own times.


If you’ve ever participated in one of Alice’s museum tours, you know they are lively and informal. She keeps things accessible for total beginners while offering new information and insights for those who may be already deep into the subject matter. Photography is permitted and we will have a special opportunity after the tour to touch and handle Edo-era museum pieces.


Please contact Harvard Club of Japan Events Director Jonathan Harlow for registrations: jonathan@jonathanharlow.com


For more information on the exhibition, see Alice’s article in The Japan Times:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2017/04/11/arts/kakiemon-generations-beauty/#.WO4ez4h96Ul

Date:  Wednesday May 10, 19:00 to 20:30 pm

Participation fee: 2,000 Yen

Each guest will receive a gift of two tickets for a subsequent visit (a 2,000-yen value).

Location: Toguri Museum of Art, 1-11-3 Shoto, Shibuya-ku / http://old.toguri-museum.or.jp/english/index.php