Kyoto Hall of Folk Craft
- What you see here is the beauty to be found in everyday utensils
Learn the real essence of craft wares
The Mingei, or folk craft, movement took root in Japan from the 1920s under the guidance of Muneyoshi (Soetsu) Yanagi, who believed that even utensils used in daily life could be beautiful and should be acknowledged as such.
The Hall of Folk Craft resides in a 100-year-old storehouse moved to Kyoto from Hino in Shiga prefecture. With flagstones at the entrance, solid wooden floors, staircase drawers and stucco walls, the storehouse exudes the unique ambiance of an old building, making it ideal for a craft-ware collection.
Split into three levels and starring works by Shoji Hamada and Kanjiro Kawai as well as ceramics, dyed fabrics, paintings, woodworking, furniture and clothing from all over Japan and Asia, this old storehouse is home to works that live up to the craft adage “beauty of usage”. Moreover, so that visitors can enjoy the forms and designs without interference, exhibit explanations are not used.
Specially themed exhibitions are staged every May and October.
In what year was the Folkcraft Hall, which was dismantled at its original Shiga site and reconstructed at the Iwakura site, opened?
|Address||340 Iwakura Kino-cho, Sakyo-ku|
|Hours||10:00~16:30 Only open on 3rd Sunday of the month between Mar and Nov ※Special exhibition open every Sun in May and Oct|
|Closed||Open daily during open seasons|
|Access||Very close to Eiden Kurama Line Kino Stn|
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