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Encountering the beauty of the times, tea ceremony utensils (Part 1)


Visit the National Crafts Museum in Kanazawa, the capital of crafts, to the exhibition "Modern Crafts and Tea Ceremony Utensils - Seasonal Shitsurai"

Crowdfunding by the National Museum of Art12Also on display are tea ceremony utensils created through a project to create new works by human crafts and artists. This is a group of cutting-edge tea utensils created by active artists. Of these3point. From the front: Genichiro Ando “Paper-contained rice bowl”, Koichi Uchida “Platinum colored tea bowl”, Akashi Niisato “Hikari water finger” Both 2020 Years Collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Photography: Takao Oya

To Kanazawa, a town where crafts flourish


The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, has been popular in Tokyo's Kitanomaru Park as Japan's only national art museum specializing in crafts.2020Moved to Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture in the same year.10It opened in May.21Years4From this month, the official name was changed to ``National Crafts Museum.'' Kanazawa is an ancient capital that is home to many traditional crafts, and is also a city of contemporary art that attracts art fans from all over the world. The Crafts Museum has opened a new chapter as a new tourist attraction befitting this area. Currently, as part of the third exhibition commemorating the opening of the museum,7Month4The exhibition ``Modern Crafts and Tea Ceremony Utensils - Shitsurai of the Four Seasons'' is being held until today.

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The National Crafts Museum is located in the center of Kanazawa City, adjacent to Kenrokuen Garden, in an area lined with many art galleries and museums. The former army facilities built in the late Meiji era, ``Former Army 9th Division Headquarters Building'' (left) and ``Former Army Kanazawa Kaikosha'' (right), were relocated and utilized.2020It opened in . The exterior has been restored to its original color, while the interior has been renovated while retaining its elegant decoration.  photo Takumi Ota 

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Photo left: A large ceramic work by Jun Kaneko is placed in the courtyard in front of the entrance, welcoming visitors. Photo right: Exhibition building that retains traces of the Meiji era.2Fstair hall. photo Takumi Ota

Tea ceremony vessels that reflect the sensibilities of each era


Behind the development of Japanese crafts, there are many people who make tea pots and utensils, and it is said that the techniques and beauty of each material have been refined, shined, and developed.Tea ceremony is once again attracting attention as a form of deep self-expression, as a comprehensive Japanese art form, and above all as a place where people can communicate with each other.


This exhibition will focus on the modern era through the tea utensils placed there.~This exhibition explores the changes in aesthetic sense up to the present day and the thoughts of the creators. Focusing on ``works that give form to the artist's individual thoughts,'' we also display ``mitate-style utensils'' created by users, displaying each type of utensil and the four seasons. In addition to the pure joy of viewing a diverse collection of works, this is an exhibition that will make you fall in love with your favorite tools and want to make them your own and use them.

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(Left) Toyozo Arakawa《Shino tea bag signed Fudo》1953 Around 2000 Collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Photography: S&T Photo

(Right) A tea bowl that can be said to be the star of tea utensils. ``Shino'', which was born in Japan during the Momoyama period, is a pottery that has fascinated both potters and tea masters to this day. This exhibition begins with a display of Shino tea bowls by different artists lined up to explore the thoughts behind each Shino bowl. Karakuro Kato《Nezushino tea bowl Onigashima》1969 Years Collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo  Photographed by: S&T Photo

From masters to the latest artists


On display are tea bowls, water holders, tea holders and utensils, vases, kettles and furnaces, incense containers, tea scoops, and many other utensils for enjoying tea. From modern masters to the latest artists, we have a wide range of products, from tea boxes to the total preparation of tea room spaces. Even tools that serve the same role can enjoy vastly different forms of beauty.

Makie pine and cherry blossom design gold Kamakura Goryo tea set Makie pine and cherry blossom design gold Kamakura Goryo tea set

Both are tea utensils for storing matcha. Photo left: An elegant jujube by Gonroku Matsuda, a Living National Treasure from Kanazawa who was praised as a lacquer master. Gonroku Matsuda《Maki-e Pine Cherry Blossom Pattern Natsume《1969 Years Collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Photo: Takao Oya Photo right: A modern tea utensil with a bold shape. Tatsuaki Kuroda《Kamakura Goryo tea set》1980 Around the year Collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Photography: S&T Picture

Water mirror makie water fingers, Hagi-edited Kasamizashi Water mirror makie water fingers, Hagi-edited Kasamizashi

Both are water containers and water fingers. Each one has a distinct personality. Left photo: Yoshikuni Taguchi《Mizukyo Makie Mizushi 1970 Years Collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Photographer: Takao Oya Photo right: Kyukazu Miwa《Hagi-edited Kasamizuashi》1975 Years Collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Photography: S&T Picture

Enjoy tea ceremony freely


The tea ceremony, which has been refined over a long period of time, has a logical style of tea ceremony etiquette and utensils. But in this day and age, I want people to enjoy themselves more freely. This exhibition is filled with such thoughts.


``In the early Showa period, pottery from the Momoyama period was used as a model, especially for pottery.Starting from the classics, in the Heisei era, the aesthetic sense and individuality of the artist began to be expressed.400Even the utensils from the Momoyama period years ago were contemporary at the time. For now, I would like to focus on what has been created now. Otherwise, it will not remain. We want to send the message that everyone should enjoy the tea ceremony more freely and with their own sensibilities,'' says Masahiro Karasawa, director of the National Crafts Museum. In the second part, we will respond to those words."A place with tea"Exploring new forms of

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Photo left: Exhibition of an assortment of classic tea boxes. Photo right: Lucy Lee's small vase on the left looks like a ``shading'' for holding confetti, etc., and is paired with a tea box.

“Modern Crafts and Tea Ceremony Utensils: The Seasons of the Four Seasons”

National Crafts Museum Kanazawa Dewa Town, Ishikawa Prefecture3-2
2021Years4Month29Day~7Month4Day 9 : 30 ~ 17 : 30
*6Month13Temporarily closed until Sunday (6Month14Please check the official website for opening status after this date)
Advance reservations required online (specified date and time/capacity)

Text by Misuzu Yamagishi

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