Welcome to the official web site of the International Netsuke Society, devoted to the study and appreciation of netsuke and its related art forms (inro, ojime, sagemono).
Founded as the Netsuke Kenkyukai Society in 1975, membership in the Society includes:
a subscription to our quarterly full color illustrated International Netsuke Society Journal
full access to the INS online Forum
regional Chapter meetings and related activities in the United States, Japan and Europe
an invitation to our bi-annual International Conventions which include multiple formal lectures, hands-on workshops presented by leading experts, and social events. The Conventions have dealer exhibitions where you will see and be able to handle the best available netsuke in the world.
opportunities to establish relationships and share information with knowlegable collector members to increase your knowledge of your own collection above what you may have already experienced by participating on our free INS Forum.
The INS is the largest international organization of netsuke collectors, bringing together members living in 31 different countries worldwide.
Beginners and collectors of all levels of experience and expertise are welcomed to join this group of art collectors and lovers for membership of $125/year, and to fully enjoy the benefits it has to offer.
Share your collecting passion with interested people around the globe! Hear and be heard. It’s a lot of fun! Join us now!
The International Netsuke Society
is vehemently opposed to the poaching of elephant ivory, rhinoceros horn and any other material taken from endangered species.
Opposes trafficking, trade or commerce of illegal ivory, horn or any other illegal material.
Supports and complies with all international laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Endangered Species Act, and the African Elephant Conservation Act.