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Japanese Folk Art Exhibition from Tohoku Region at the „Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum in Bucharest

Japan Embassy, Japan Foundation and the „Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum invite the interested audience to visit the exhibition ” Japanese Folk Art from the Tohoku Region” which is open from 20 April to 1 June 2017 at the „Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum – Gh. Focsa room , 28-30 Kiseleff Road.

The opening of the exhibition took place on Tuesday in the presence of His Excellency, Kisaburo Ishii, Ambassador of Japan in Romania .

The exhibition is meant to bring to the attention of the public the Tohoku Region, one of the most beautiful and rich ethnographic areas of the Japanese archipelago, made up of Aomori, Akita, Yamagata, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. Troubled by the earthquake and the giant tsunami that hit the eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, the local and the handicraft culture of Tohoku suffered much. Despite this, the residents in the areas affected by the disaster have made great efforts to save their valuable cultural heritage and to rebuild the region.

The exhibition aims to present a representative part of the traditional crafts in Tohoku, the high level of the popular techniques, the functionality and the beauty of the household objects and the utensils used from ancient times until today in this area.

The selection includes 70 objects belonging to the most diverse genres – ceramics, lacquer objects, metal, wood, braids, textiles, clothing, etc. in an attempt to present a varied and comprehensive picture of the popular art in Tohoku. Among the exhibits are the Aomori kogin embroideries, the magewappa woodworks and the kabazaiku from Akita, the lacquer vessels, the Yamagata bandori fabrics, etc.

In addition to the traditional handicrafts made by some anonymous craftsmen, the exhibition also includes works by artists who have found a rich source of inspiration in the folk art of Tohoku. Such influences are found in the works of some Japanese artists who worked in the first and the second half of the last century. Such are the xilograms signed by Shiko Munakata,  ceramics made by Shoji Yamada and Kanjiro Kawai, or the textile objects and the painted screens by Keisuke Serizawa, thus illustrating the cultural and spiritual climate of the place.

The exhibition has traveled to many countries around the world and was open in museums and galleries in Italy, Germany, Hungary, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, etc.

At the „Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum in Bucharest, the exhibition can be visited daily until June 1, 2017, from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10.00-18.00.

The entrance to the exhibition is free, and to visit the museum a ticket must be paid !


Ambassador Ishii on Japanese exhibition at Village Museum: This is a part of Japan’s soul


Japan’s ambassador to Romania Kisaburo Ishii said Tuesday that the exhibition of folk arts from Japan’s region of Tohoku, opened the same day at the Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum in Bucharest is a part of Japan’s soul.

“I would be very pleased if you understood that this is a part of Japan’s soul, although these objects have nothing to do with the humorous side of cartoons and manga anime that are usually very much liked by young people all around the world, and they are not as grandiose as those displayed in Tokyo,” said the Japanese ambassador.

He voiced hope that the exhibition will deepen relations between Romania and Japan.

In his turn, Village Museum manager Paula Popoiu said the Japanese event evidences multiple ties between the Romanian and the Japanese civilisations.

Attending the opening of the exhibition were members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Bucharest; Maria Basescu, wife of former President Traian Basescu, friends of the museum.




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