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MINGEI - Another Kind of Art

MINGEI - Another Kind of Art

In a nutshell

This exhibition features over 140 objects selected by the Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum. The word mingei is used to describe handicrafts made by anonymous craftspeople, emphasizing that crafts use local materials and techniques handed down from generations. The film shown in Gallery 1 highlights craftspeople at work and informs the objects on display in Gallery 2.

The venue

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando in the Tokyo Midtown Park. It’s a small museum but the main exhibition room is large enough to display all types of design and art exhibits.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)

All of the information is in English.


Photos of objects outside the gallery area are allowed.

The feels

Watching the film about the artisans and then seeing the beautiful handicrafts helps explain and connect the objects to the viewer.


Seeing the care and artistry used in creating objects for everyday use highlights the value in the tradition involved and beauty of the works.

How far out?

A five minute walk from the Roppongi or Nogizaka metro stations.

How much time?

30 minutes, longer if you watch the entire film.

How much money?

¥1,100 for general admission.

Until when?

Februrary 24, 2019

Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art

See it if you’re in the area with some free time.



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