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KIGUMI Revealing the Carpentry Behind the Wood Joint

In Japan, the spirit of kigumi—the craft of jointing wood—is deeply ingrained everywhere. Endowed with bountiful forests, an intimate awareness of trees has existed since antiquity, and various items have been created by jointing wood. Everything from small vessels and furniture used in everyday life, to wood-framed dwellings, have all been made using kigumi. However, by merely looking at the surface appearance of the finished work, it is difficult to truly comprehend the craft and aesthetics of kigumi demonstrated by these exceptional artisans.
In this exhibition, we have deconstructed all kinds of kigumi for this reason. Various wood joints are exhibited in their disassembled state—traditional wood joints, unusual joints, and joints which surprise you as their secrets are revealed. Western wood joints, as well as wood puzzles, are also featured within the exhibit. We hope to reveal the beauty of kigumi—the artisan’s aesthetics and careful attention which is particular to handcrafted carpentry, and the soft textures and subtleties distinct to natural wood—through this exhibition’s works.

Kobe Venue  2019.10.12 sat‐12.15 sun

VenueTakenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
7-5-1 Kumochi-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0056, Japan
PeriodOctober 12, 2019 (Sat) - December 15, 2019 (Sun)
Hours9:30 - 16:30 (Last admission 16:00)
ClosedMonday (The following day when Monday falls on a national holiday)
AdmissionAdults500yen / Students (College / University, High School) 300yen / Children (15 and under) Free / Seniors (65 and over) 200yen
OrganizerTakenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
with the support of Kobe Shimbunsha

These videos are in Japanese only.

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Access Shinkansen:
Take the Sanyo Shinkansen to Shin-Kobe station and exit from the Central Exit. The museum is a 3 minute walk away.
Subway:
Take the Kobe Municipal Subway (Seishin-Yamate Line) to Shin-Kobe station and exit from North Exit 2. The museum is a 3 minute walk away.
City Loop Bus:
Take the City Loop bus to “12 Shin-Kobe Station (2F).” The museum is a 3 minute walk away.
Kobe City Bus:
Take the Kobe City Bus (Line 2 or Line 18) to the “Kumochi 6-Choume” stop. The museum is a 2 minute walk away.
InquiryTakenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
TEL: +81 (0)78-242-0216
7-5-1, Kumochi-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0056, Japan
website

leaflet PDF (orange) leaflet PDF (blue)

Nagoya Venue  2020.1.11 sat‐4.5 sun

VenueToyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
1-35, Noritake Shinmachi 4-chome, Nishi-ku, Nagoya 451-0051 Japan
PeriodJanuary 11, 2020 (Sat) -  April 5, 2020 (Sun)
* Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology will be closed until April 6(MON) due to preventing the spread of Coronavirus Disease COVID-19.
* Closing period might be changed.
Hours9:30 - 17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
ClosedMonday(The following day when Monday falls on a national holiday)
AdmissionFree(※Entry to the Permanent Exhibit requires a separate ticket.)
OrganizerTakenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
Co-OrganizerToyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
SponsorTakenaka Corporation Nagoya Branch Office

This video is in Japanese only.

会場フォトレポート
Access Railways(Meitetsu)
3 minute walk from Sako Station on the Nagoya Line
Me∼guru Nagoya Sightseeing Route Bus
Broad at Nagoya Station Bus Terminal Platform No.11 ;
get off at the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology stop in front of the main entrance
Taxi
Five minutes from Nagoya Station
Inquiry Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
TEL: +81 (0) 52 -551 - 6115
1-35, Noritake Shinmachi 4-chome, Nishi-ku, Nagoya 451-0051 Japan
website

leaflet PDF (orange) leaflet PDF (blue)

Hiroshima Venue  2020.7.18 sat‐9.6 sun

Requests to Visitors

  • Please write your contact information on the visitor's form at the entrance.
    We may ask you to cooperate with the interview survey conducted by the administrative body.
VenueCLiP HIROSHIMA
1-18, Higashisenda-machi 1-chome, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0053 Japan
PeriodJuly 18, 2020 (Sat) - September 6, 2020 (Sun)
Hours10:00 - 18:00 (Last admission 17:30)
ClosedTuesdays, 10~15. Aug.
AdmissionFree
OrganizerTakenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
Co-OrganizerCLiP HIROSHIMA
SupporterHiroshima City / Hiroshima Board of Education / Hiroshima Cultural Foundation / Hiroshima-Pre Federation of Wood Industry Associations /
The Association of Traditional Architecture Craftspersons
SponsorTakenaka Corporation Hiroshima Branch Office
Access Tram(Hiroshima Electric Railway)
7 miniutes’ walk from the Hiroshima-Dentetsu
[U6 Nisseki-byoin-mae] or [U5 Takanobashi]

HIROSHIMA-BUS(2 route)
■6 miniutes’walk from the bus stop
[Takeya-cho] Hiroshima bus route 26
■4 miniutes’ walk from the bus stop
[Takeya-cho-Nishi] Hiroshima bus route 50
Inquiry CLiP HIROSHIMA
TEL: +81 (0) 82 -567 - 5011
1-18, Higashisenda-machi 1-chome, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0053 Japan
website (Japanese Only) Welcome to CLiP HIROSHIMA (PDF)

leaflet PDF (orange) leaflet PDF (blue)

Sapporo Venue  2020.9.15 tue‐10.25 sun

Requests to Visitors

  • Please write your contact information on the visitor's form at the entrance.
    We may ask you to cooperate with the interview survey conducted by the administrative body.
  • Please enter it in advance and bring it with you so that you can enter smoothly. Click here to download the form.(PDF)
Venue JR TOWER PLANIS HALL
ESTA 11F
2, Kita-5-jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0005 Japan
PeriodSeptember 15, 2020 (Tue) - October 25, 2020 (Sun)
Hours11:00 - 19:00 (Last admission 18:30)
ClosedOpen everyday during Exhibit Period
AdmissionFree
OrganizerTakenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
SponsorSapporo Station General Development Co., Ltd. /
Takenaka Corporation Hokkaido Branch Office
SupporterHokkaido Government / Hokkaido Federation of Wood Industry Cooperative Associations / The Hokkaido Shimbun Press / Hokkaido Builders Association / Hokkaido Carpenter Network / NPO corporation, Kita No Minka /
The Association of Traditional Architecture Craftspersons
CooperationTakebe Construction Co., Ltd. /
Furniture workshop TABISURUKI
Access JR
Sapporo Station direct connection
36 minutes (JR Rapid Airport) fastest from "New Chitose Airport"
1 hour 20 minutes (Ltd. Exp.Kamui, Lilac) fastest from "Asahikawa Station"
28 minutes (JR Rapid Airport) fastest from "Otaru Station"
Subway
Namboku Line Sapporo Station Exit 2 direct connection
Toho Line Sapporo Station Exit 18 direct connection
Bus
Sapporo Station bus terminal direct connection
Sapporo Station north exit bus terminal JR Sapporo Station north exit direct connection
Sapporo station square (the Tokyu department store south side) 1-minute walk
Inquiry JR TOWER PLANIS HALL
TEL: +81 (0) 11 - 213 - 2776
ESTA 11F, 2-5, Kita-5-jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 060-0005 Japan
website

Exhibition Catalogue


KIGUMI:Revealing the Carpentry Behind the Wood Joint
(¥1500,A4,130pages)

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