Events & News

We hope that you will be able to join us for the following events.  Please check back with us to see upcoming events such as chapter meetings, museum and gallery exhibitions, convention registrations, and more!  

If you know of a netsuke-related event that isn't listed here, please contact us.  We appreciate your feedback and your help in sharing netsuke knowledge.

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, March 14, 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • The Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St in Manhattan
    Please join the
    New York Chapter
    of the International Netsuke Society
    at its next meeting:
    Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 2pm

    RSVP to: Jeffrey Klotz, 973-616-2988 or
    It will be our pleasure to have Norman Sandfield as our speaker at this meeting.  He will give a presentation entitled "Images of Netsuke in Japanese woodblock prints (and more)  The Norman L. Sandfield Collection" 

    Since most netsuke collectors now collect netsuke out of context (detached from the inro and pipecases, and now sitting on their display case shelves), Norman Sandfield has built what is possibly the world’s largest collection of netsuke, okimono, and related Japanese arts to answer some important historic questions, such as “How were netsuke worn?” and “Did women wear netsuke?”  And “How did the artists of the 19th century see netsuke as part of the clothing of the period?”  Since most netsuke and sagemono ensembles were originally worn, mostly by men, and on the rear hip, they do not show up in most woodblock prints, which show people facing the viewer.  This is part of the difficulty of documenting netsuke in a correct historic perspective, which goes far beyond just collecting beautiful carvings.

    Norman Sandfield currently owns more than 167 objects, including more than 81 Japanese woodblock prints, which illustrate netsuke, inro, and other sagemono.  The Japanese woodblock prints include:  actors, sumo, shunga (erotic subjects), and surimono.  They can also be divided into groups such as:  people wearing netsuke ensembles, people holding them, ensembles loosely sitting on the ground (mostly in Sumo), and alone (no people; mostly in Surimono). Other objects in the collection that illustrate how netsuke and the ensembles were worn, used, or seen, include:  netsuke, okimono, kimono, obi, sword fittings, scarves, scrolls, etc.

    His presentation will show much of his collection and encourage even more questions, not all of which are answered easily.

    The early parts of this collection were exhibited at the Netsuke Kenkyukai Convention in Washington, D.C. in 1983, and some of the prints were used in a netsuke book and exhibition at Mikimoto Pearl in Tokyo, organized by the Nihon Netsuke Kenkyukai (Japan Netsuke Study Society), with the exhibition catalogue published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the group, in 1995/1996.  Other prints from his collection have been used by the Toledo Museum of Art to accompany a netsuke exhibition. 
    Norman Sandfield bought his first netsuke while working in Japan in July 1968, and has been a dealer specializing in netsuke since January 1, 1978.  His most important publication is The Ultimate Netsuke Bibliography: An Annotated Guide to Miniature Japanese Carvings (1999).  The database for that bibliographic information (originally 4,400 records) is now up to more than 8,500 records, and continually growing.  His most recent book is Ichiro: Master Netsuke Carver, with illustrations of more than 150 netsuke, okimono, and ojime by the popular 20th century netsuke artist Ichiro Inada.  This is one of the very few books dedicated to the work of a single netsuke artist.  His very useful and modest pocket-sized publications are:  The "Cheat Sheet" for Netsuke Signatures: A guide to 102 of the most common and important Japanese characters found in netsuke signatures; and The Inro Knot Booklet: A step-by-step illustrated guide to tying different knots for hanging medicine boxes.  Both of these are available in old-school paper editions and digital versions through his website,, which contains several other serious online resources for netsuke enthusiasts and researchers.  

    Norman Sandfield has already donated more than 5,000 volumes from his netsuke library to create the Sandfield Netsuke Library at the Toledo Museum of Art Library and hopes to send his last 1,000 or so volumes this year.  This research library is open and available to the public, without appointment.  The Sandfield Netsuke Library matches the C. V. S. Roosevelt Library at LACMA in Los Angeles, in both size and depth, and it currently surpasses the Roosevelt Library in accessibility.  The catalog of the Museum’s library is also available online at: and the Sandfield Netsuke Library at:  This library will be a center for much future netsuke research.  For more information, contact Norman Sandfield or the Toledo Museum of Art Library.

    In 1976, Norman Sandfield founded the first local netsuke collectors group, the Chicago Netsuke Society, and was President from 1976 to 1995.  For all of this and more, he was presented with the International Netsuke Society’s prestigious Silver Kirin Award at their New York Convention in 2009. 

    Our meeting will be held at The Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St in Manhattan.  Please arrive at 2:00 P.M.  The lecture will start at 2:10 P.M.  The Bohemian National Hall will be presenting "The Asia Art Fair," which will be held March 13 - 17.  Events manager,Michaela Boruta and the management of The Bohemian National Hall will, very generously, be providing their cinema room for our meeting and lecture.  They will also give each attendee of our meeting a complimentary admission to The Asia Art Fair after our meeting.  The fair hours on that Saturday will be 12 P.M. - 8 P.M.  For more information about the fair, go to  
    • Friday, September 04, 2015
    • Tuesday, September 08, 2015
    • Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
    Baltimore Convention 2015

     Save the Date for September 4-8, 2015

    Baltimore will have the same great lectures, workshops, and dealer exhibitions plus two museum exhibitions from collections that most of our members have not seen.  The Walters Art Museum has over 500 netsuke in their storage that will be on exhibit for the Convention, as well as the inro and netsuke collection at the Evergreen House.

    The Convention will be based at the Four Seasons Hotel on the East Harbor.

    Learn More about the 
    • Program Schedule
    • Lectures and Workshops
    • Museum Visits

    Click here for a copy of the brochure:

Past events

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Morita Soko's Netsuke on TV
Sunday, February 15, 2015 New York Chapter Meeting
Sunday, December 21, 2014 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting & Party
Sunday, December 07, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
Sunday, September 21, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
Sunday, August 03, 2014 Seattle Chapter Summer Luncheon Meeting
Thursday, July 03, 2014 Netsuke: Miniature Masterpieces
Sunday, June 01, 2014 Netsuke and Other Miniatures
Sunday, May 18, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
Saturday, April 19, 2014 Japanese Netsuke Talk & Tour at LACMA
Sunday, April 13, 2014 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Spring Exhibition of Dream at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Netsuke: The Prince Takamado Collection
Sunday, March 16, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
Sunday, February 16, 2014 New York Chapter Meeting
Saturday, January 18, 2014 Japanese Netsuke Talk at LACMA
Friday, January 10, 2014 Toledo Museum Online Scavenger Hunt
Monday, January 06, 2014 Japanese Netsuke Talk at LACMA
Sunday, October 20, 2013 INS SoCA Chapter Meeting
Sunday, October 06, 2013 New York Chapter Meeting
Thursday, September 26, 2013 Netsuke and Diminutive Carvings from Japan
Friday, July 12, 2013 Japanese netsuke at the British Museum
Monday, July 01, 2013 Summer Exhibition at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum
Sunday, June 02, 2013 New York Chapter Meeting
Friday, May 10, 2013 INS Convention - London 2013
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 Netsuke II Pieces from Private Hungarian Collections
Sunday, April 28, 2013 INS SoCA Chapter Meeting
Thursday, April 04, 2013 In A Nutshell - Japanese Netsuke from European Collections
Monday, April 01, 2013 The Next Stage" at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum
Sunday, March 17, 2013 New York Meeting during Asia Week
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Netsuke of the Meiji Period - an online exhibit from LACMA
Sunday, February 24, 2013 San Francisco Chapter Meeting
Sunday, February 24, 2013 INS SoCA Show & Tell / Buy & Sell Meeting
Sunday, February 17, 2013 New York Chapter Meeting
Friday, February 01, 2013 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Winter Opening: Masatoshi Nakamura
Sunday, December 09, 2012 Northwest Fall Chapter Meeting
Sunday, December 02, 2012 NY Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Tokyo National Museum: HIH Prince Takamado Collection
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Tokyo National Museum: The Go Collection
Saturday, October 20, 2012 Milano Netsuke Meeting
Sunday, September 16, 2012 SoCA Meeting in Los Angeles
Sunday, August 05, 2012 Seattle Chapter Summer Meeting
Sunday, July 01, 2012 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Summer Opening: Yoka Mukaida
Sunday, April 01, 2012 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Opening: Love by Netsuke Artists
Sunday, February 26, 2012 SoCA Meeting in Los Angeles
Sunday, February 19, 2012 New York Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Museum Opening for Jin Kuwabara
Sunday, January 29, 2012 SoCA Chapter Meeting
Sunday, December 04, 2011 New York Chapter Meeting
Sunday, November 13, 2011 SoCA Meeting in Los Angeles
Thursday, October 13, 2011 Special Sagemonoya 20th Anniversary
Sunday, October 09, 2011 New York Chapter Meeting
Sunday, October 02, 2011 Los Angeles Chapter Meeting
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