Event : Exhibition “Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan” in Hanoi and HCMC

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, in cooperation with Consulate-General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, proudly present a travelling exhibition “Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan” from 31 October – 22 December in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.


Opening: Fri 31 Oct 2014, 9 am

Exhibition: 31 Oct – 10 Nov 2014, 9 am – 6 pm

The Exhibition Hall (Ho Chi Minh City Museum)


Opening: Fri 12 Dec 2014, 6 pm

Exhibition: 12 – 22 Dec 2014, 8.30 am – 4.45 pm

Vietnam Fine Arts Museum

Supervised by curator Ryuichi Matsubara “Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan” is an exhibition planned to mark the March 11 anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku 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.

The displays present works of mingei members included Kanjiro Kawai, Shoji Hamada, Keisuke Serizawa and Shiko Munakata with 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.

It is our hope that viewers will enjoy the undeniable beauty and the highly developed handicraft techniques of Tohoku craftsmanship products.

This exhibition will travel to Ho Chi Minh City from 31 October – 10 November at Exhibition Hall (92 Le Thanh Ton, District 1), and Hanoi from 12-22 December at Vietnam Fine Arts Museum (66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh).

Free admission.

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