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Sukenaga/Hida School Netsuke Symposium...

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Postby NetsukeManiac » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:11 pm


Firstly, many thanks to Yukari Yoshida and Robert Fleischel for organizing a very informative (and extremely fun!) netsuke symposium at the Takayama Museum of Art and History in Takayama, Hida, Japan. On day 1, lectures were given by Suketomo Tsuda (ittobori carver), Sharen Chapel and Reiko Tachibana. On day 2, lectures were given by Rosemary Bandini, Barbara Warren and Noboyuki Kose. Approximately 150 excellent examples of Sukenaga and Hida school netsuke, as well as related carvings, were on display at the museum. Many of these pieces came out of private Japanese collections and were on loan specifically for our enjoyment along with anyone else who happened to visit the museum. All of the photos you will see in the next several posts were taken either by me or Ivan Petrov (thank you Ivan!). I will do my best to describe any photos needing description, but if you have a question, please do not hesitate to ask.

I would like to extend my appreciation to all of the lecturers and everyone else who traveled a long way to attend this symposium. One thing is for sure, you meet the nicest people at a netsuke gathering!

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Postby NetsukeManiac » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:26 pm

THE CITY

A view of Takayama from our hotel room:

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The Miyagawa river runs right through the center of town. Takayama really has the feel of Kyoto, but on a much smaller scale:

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A typical street near the central part of Takayama:

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Postby NetsukeManiac » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:06 am

THE ORGANIZERS

Our Supreme Commander Robert Fleischel standing before his battle plans. Will it be a full frontal attack, or divide and conquer? His faithful troop of netsuke warriors anxiously await his decision!:

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Yoshida-sensei giving our merry band of netsuke enthusiasts some background on what we will be viewing in the museum's netsuke display room:

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Postby NetsukeManiac » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:13 am

THE TAKAYAMA MUSEUM OF ART and HISTORY


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Postby NetsukeManiac » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:00 am

THE PEOPLE AND THE PARTYING

I only met some of the attendees. So if you recognize someone that I did not have the pleasure of meeting, please put a name to their face.

Helen Tubis and her lovely smile. I bet Helen's husband is intimately familiar with those perfect ivories!:

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Rosemary Bandini in the foreground and Dmitry Tubis in the background:

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Ms. Miyo (Masami) Sakai, the 5th generation Masanao:

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Yukari-san, Nobuyuki Kose, vice-president of the Takayama Festival Float Preservation Association and a jolly British fellow who I did not have the pleasure of meeting in a formal way:

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Mr. Suketomo Tsuda (Hida ittobori carver):

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Dmitry Tubis laughing it up with Yukari-san:

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Our very own Klaus (AKA: Tengu):

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Dr. Yvonne Ling from Singapore:

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Yours truly asking a question which is impossible to answer (so typical!):

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Barbara Warren:

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Sharen Chappell on the right side of your screen:

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Stay tuned, there is much more to follow!

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Postby chonchon » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:50 am

Dang, wish I had known about this. Easily could have gone to it. Probably didn't read that email properly. Humph... Looks fun. Grrr....
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Postby Vlad » Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:57 am

Most have already recognized in the jolly British fellow Sem Djelal - one of the most knowledgeable collectors of all times, particularly when it comes to attribution and authenticity.

One other gentlemen in the same picture and behind Suketomo Tsuda is Mitsuhiko Kinugasa, a collector from Gifu and the proud owner of possibly the largest and the best collection of Kano Tomokazu works in the world.

Sounds like a really interesting and well attended meeting, SC. Congratulations and thank you for the report!
"Man sieht nur, was man weiß" - "One sees only what one knows". Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

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Postby NetsukeManiac » Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:22 am

THE PEOPLE AND THE PARTYING - continued

Rosemary Bandini attempting to answer my unanswerable questions. She new right off the bat who I was! :D:

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Sem (thank you Vlad) laughing it up with Dmitry:

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Klaus' wife Traudl to his left:

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Ms. Makiko Komada, daughter of famous carver Ryushi Komada:

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A group photo in front of the museum:

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Postby NetsukeManiac » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:07 am

The Lectures

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An incredible okimono of a snake by Sukenaga. This masterpiece was on display at the museum:

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This tonkotsu looks like finely tooled leather doesn't it? Nope, its 100% wood!:

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A cross section of ichii, the material of choice by the Hida carvers:

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A tanuki in the process of transforming into a tea kettle:

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Postby NetsukeManiac » Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:18 am

Some of The Netsuke on Display


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These gondola looking contraptions were used to cross the river before bridges were built. On some of them you payed to be pulled across and others you did the work yourself (netsuke on the left):

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If you would like high quality photos of all of the items which were on display in this museum, I would recommend buying a copy of Sagemonoya's limited edition book.

I hope you enjoyed my posts. My appologies in advance for not asking permission to post the above images. If anyone wants photos removed for any reason, please let me know by PM or email.

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