These organizations provide wonderful opportunities to study netsuke and to make friends with people who share the same interest. Please contact the group of your interest for details about membership and their activities.
Founded in 1975, Japan Netsuke Society is the largest organization of netsuke afficionados in Japan with more than 100 members. Meetings for fascinating lectures and friendly discussions are held four times a year in Tokyo and other cities in Japan.
The Society publishes the biannual color journal Netsuke no Shizuku that comprises of study articles and meeting reports (it is included in the membership).
To mark the 20th and 30th anniversaries, the Society held exhibitions at Mikimoto Hall in Ginza, Tokyo, and the 40th at Tobacco and Salt Museum, Tokyo, to display members’ wonderful collections of netsuke.
President: Mr. AKABANE Katsuhideover, Japan Netsuke Society (c) 2018
The INS is the world’s biggest netsuke organization, which is devoted to the study and collection of netsuke and other related objects. The Society was founded in the United States in 1975, and now it has several hundred members in over 30 countries.
The membership includes very informative, color quarterly magazine called International Netsuke Society Journal (or INS Journal), where members contribute study articles and discuss various aspects of netsuke and related art forms.
The Society holds wonderful biennial conventions. The next convention is scheduled from September 30 to October 5, 2020, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
President: Ms. Marsha Vargas HANDLEY
Annual membership fee is 125 US dollars.
For details, please check the INS website: http://www.netsuke.org/
The INS mentioned above has local chapters in the US, Japan, and Europe. The chapters organize meetings, where some members give lectures to share their knowledge with other members and have friendly discussions, or occasionally visit some places together to see nice collections of netsuke.
Please contact chairpersons for more information such as membership fees A full list of chapters is available through the INS website and the INS Journal.
Chairperson: Mr. Robert A. FLEISCHEL
Address: c/o Yabane K.K., Yotsuya 4-28-29-704, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004, Japan
The membership of the European chapter includes Euronetsuke, an interesting magazine published two times a year.
Established in 1977, this organization has a membership of about 70 netsuke artists who are professional or aiming to be professional.
Their objectives are to relax the apprenticeship and seniority system that traditionally existed, to break down the custom of keeping carving techniques secret and make them open to fellow artists, and to elevate the status of contemporary netsuke in society.
Their activities include a study meeting held every two months, where members freely and actively exchange information on such things as techniques and materials in carving.
They also support the annual exhibitions held at Seibu Dept. Store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, and at Yokohama Takashimaya Dept. Store.
President: Mr. KUROIWA Akira