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Updated: August 30, 2019

Soetsu Yanagi and Old Tamba 柳宗悦と古丹波

The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, 4-3-33 Komaba, Meguro City, Tokyo
2019-09-10 - 2019-11-24

Examining the appeal of Soetsu Yanagi’s beloved Old Tamba pottery

Tamba pottery comes from one of the so-called six ancient kilns of Japan, and it was philosopher Soetsu Yanagi, founder of the Mingei movement, who was the first to celebrate its value, describing Tamba-ware as “supremely Japanese” and “the epitome of austere elegance”. The exhibition features masterpieces from both the Japan Folk Crafts Museum and the Old Tamba Pottery Museum, including medieval natural ash glaze pots, and various styles of urns, sake bottles and dishes developed during the Edo period, and examines the true charm of Old Tamba ware.

How to Get There

  • Komaba-todaimae Station | West Exit | 7 min on foot
    Inokashira Line


Opening Hours

  • 10:00-17:00
    *Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed Mondays
    *Open on the following Mondays: September 16, September 23, October 14 and November 4
    *Closed on the following Tuesdays: September 17, September 24, October 15 and November 5




*Discounts available for students and people with disabilities

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Facility Info

  • Restrooms |
  • English |
  • English |
  • Elevator | Disabled parking | Western-style toilet with handrail | Wheelchair loan | Floor height difference in facility |

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