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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
AccessShinkansen:
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
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Exhibition Catalogue


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

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