Exhibitions, Programs and Events

I. Permanent Exhibitions, Special Exhibitions and Traveling Exhibitions 

In addition to the museum's permanent exhibits and its seasonal, and special exhibits, there are exhibits that travel to venues around Japan. The museum has also held successful exhibitions in Belgium, Switzerland, the United States, Brazil, China and elsewhere around the world.

Holding Year Host Country (City) Exhibition Name Exhibition Range Others
Autumn1989 Belgium(Brussels) 'Japanese Traditional FolkToys' About 200 items, including Japanese folk toys Workshop
Spring1993 USA(Seattle) Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival Committee
'Living and play exhibition about Japan'
About 300 items, including Japanese folk toys Workshop
Autumn1993 Switzerland(Zurich) 'Japanese Folk Toys' at
Zurich Spielzeug Museum
About 200 items, including Japanese folk toys Workshop
Brazil(Sao Paulo [kurichiba] Rio de Janeiro) Organization Committee for Centenary of Friendship between Japan and Brazil
'Seasonal Pleasures:Japanese Traditional Toys'
About 600 items, including Japanese folk toys Workshop/Exhibition Explanation Association
China(Shanghai) Shanghai Children's Museum & Japan Toy Museum Co-sponsoring
'toys in the World'
About 600 items, including
folk toys from Around the World
Workshop/Exhibition Explanation Association
Autumn2000〜Spring2001 South Korea(Jeonju) 'Paper dolls in Asia' at Hansol Paper
About 300 items, including
paper toys in Asia

WorkshopHiding folding screen

Exhibition'Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival' in Seattle(1993)

Exhibition'Seasonal Pleasures: Japanese Traditional Toys' in Brazil(1995)

II. Making Handmade Toys Popular through Lectures and Classes 

The museum holds courses in different places around Japan on making traditional toys from materials found in the immediate environment. These popular courses are an effective means of getting people to recognize the value of handmade toys.
Children learn to make a handmade toy at sixth building Summer Lectures in Kyoto

III. Research and Courses in Chirimen Pouches

In addition to regular courses held at the museum, insructors trained at the museum teach classes at venues around Japan.
Classes are held in Osaka ( NHK Cultural Center, and Sankei Institute), Yokohama (Yomiuri NTV Culture Center, Takashimaya), Tokyo (Mitsukoshi , NHK Cultural Center, Sankei Institute ), and other places.

Please have a look here about the silk crepe work:www.chirimenzaiku.org

IV. National Kite Festival (The 2012 festival will be held January 8th at the Himeji Race Course.) 

The museum does not just exhibit traditional kites from all over Japan; since 1975 it has also held an annual festival for flying Japanese traditional kites. Early each year the Himeji sky is decorated with some 800 kites, about 100 varieties in all, from Tohoku, in northern Honshu, to the southernmost islands of Okinawa. The annual kite festival is co-sponsored by the city of Himeji.
Opening Ceremony
(Kite flying experts who gathered from various places around Japan with placards filled in with the group names)

Children enjoy flying kites.

Big kites

X.Museum Newsletter and Publications
Books compiled by the museum director Shigeyoshi Inoue.
These books are available at the museum shop and at local bookstores.

*Densho tezukuri gangu (Traditional handmade toys), soudobunka, \1400
*Densho no nuno asobi, chirimen zaiku (Fun with cloth: chirimen pouches), NHK shuppan, \2,718
*Chirimen zaiku de asobu shiki (Fun with chirimen pouches through the seasons), NHK shuppan, \2,800

Official library bulletin
"Toy and play" No.27
RecordT of Special Exhibition RecordU of Special Exhibition
Japanese Folk Toys
〜The local town toy is rediscovered. 〜
Folk toys pictorial book MASK

VI. Tomono kai (Friends of the Museum)

Annual membership costs \1,500 and entitles members to free admission to the museum, the newsletter, and announcements of events.

Please help us add to our collection!

The museum is actively seeking toys and dolls made before the mid-1970s. All donations will be carefully conserved.
Your co-operation will be most appreciated



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