June 10, 2024

POKÉMON X KOGEI Exhibition at the Sagawa Art Museum

I attended the POKÉMON X KOGEI -Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft- Exhibition at the Sagawa Art Museum in Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, from 30 March to 9 June 2024.

the Sagawa Art Museum
the Sagawa Art Museum

The exhibition was first held at the National Crafts Museum in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, in March last year, and then at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles in LA.
It will tour all over Japan, starting with the current exhibition in Shiga Prefecture.

Entrance to the POKÉMON X KOGEI exhibition at the Sagawa Art Museum.
Entrance to the POKÉMON X KOGEI exhibition at the Sagawa Art Museum.

Pokémon is well known to people overseas, but what kind of chemical reactions would occur if characters created in contemporary Japan and traditional Japanese crafts met? This question was the impetus for the organization of this exhibition.
The exhibiting artists range in age from young artists to living national treasures and come from the fields of metalworks, ceramics, woodworks, lacquerware, glassworks, and textiles.
The exhibiting artist, Sadamasa Imai, is the son of Kogei Art KYOTO artist Makimasa Imai, so I had heard about this exhibition early on and had been looking forward to it, but unfortunately, I was unable to see it when it was held in Kanazawa due to a scheduling problem.
So I was looking forward to this exhibition at the Sagawa Art Museum.

When I entered the venue and looked around at the works, I found that the exhibition was a wonderful collection of outstanding works that exceeded my expectations.
Photographing all of the artists’ works was impossible, but here I would like to introduce some of them in images.

Venusaur by Sadamasa Imai

I started with Sadamasa Imai’s work.

Arbok by Sadamasa Imai
“Arbok” Sadamasa Imai
Kingler by Sadamasa Imai
“Kingler” Sadamasa Imai
Magikapp by Sadamasa Imai
“Magikapp” Sadamasa Imai
Eevee, Jolteon, Flareon, by Taiichiro Yoshida
“Eevee” “Jolteon” “Flareon” Taiichiro Yoshida
Flareon by Taiichiro Yoshida
“Flareon” Taiichiro Yoshida
Vaporeon by Taiichiro Yoshida
“Vaporeon” Taiichiro Yoshida
Charizard by keiko Masumoto
“Charizard” keiko Masumoto
Moltres by Keiko Masumoto
“Moltres” Keiko Masumoto
Vase with Pokémon of the Universe by Yuki Hayama
“Vase with Pokémon of the Universe” Yuki Hayama
Beautiful Bowl of the Super Ancient of Pokémon by Yuki Hayama
“Beautiful Bowl of the Super Ancient of Pokémon” Yuki Hayama
Articulated Gyarados by Haruo Mitsuta
“Articulated Gyarados” Haruo Mitsuta
Articulated Kakuna/Beedrill by Haruo Mitsuta
“Articulated Kakuna/Beedrill” Haruo Mitsuta
Flying by Toru Fukuda
“Flying” Toru Fukuda
Groudon with Flush and Flame Pattern by Kasumi Ueba
“Groudon with Flush and Flame Pattern” Kasumi Ueba
Sobble with Water Pattern by Kasumi Ueba
“Sobble with Water Pattern” Kasumi Ueba
Play by Yoshiaki Taguchi
“Play” Yoshiaki Taguchi
Transformable Ornament, Rookidee/Corviknight by Yuki Tsuboshima
“Transformable Ornament, Rookidee/Corviknight” Yuki Tsuboshima
Cups (Pikachu) by Takuro Kuwata
“Cups (Pikachu)” Takuro Kuwata
Poké Ball Box by Terumasa Ikeda
“Poké Ball Box” Terumasa Ikeda
Kimono, "Island to Island," Ryukyu Bingata by Eiichi Shiroma
Kimono, “Island to Island,” Ryukyu Bingata Eiichi Shiroma
"Moonlight" Pokémon Edition by Shigeki Hayashi
“Moonlight” Pokémon Edition Shigeki Hayashi

The serious competition between Pokémon and craft artists was truly spectacular and enjoyable for all ages, from small children to adults.

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