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A new art exhibit called the POKÉMON X KOGEI Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft (ポケモン×工芸展―美とわざの大発見―) is being held at the National Crafts Museum in Kanazawa, Japan from March 21st, 2023 until June 11th, 2023.

About the Exhibition

Put Pokémon and Kogei face to face, and what sorts of chemical reactions will occur? Twenty craft artists, from a Living National Treasure to youngsters, have seriously tackled that question. Works that evoke Pokémon shapes, gestures, touch. Works that reach back into memories of video games—evolution, trade, locations for journey, super-effective moves. Plus invitations to Pokémon to become part of the vessels that adorn our daily lives and even ultra cool attire—kimono and obi clasps. The result is about 70 works—all new creations! What will your encounter with the works lying in wait for you in the exhibition gallery bring? Thrills, rapture, grins, tremors? The power of multiplication rides again! Please enjoy the quantum leaps in beauty and technique it has generated.


Hours & Admissions

Location: National Crafts Museum
Date: March 21-June 11,2023
Time: 9:30 - 17:30 ※Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Closed: Mondays except May 1; and May 14
Ticket: Advance ticket is recommended to avoid lines forming at the entrance.
Online purchase: 【e-tix】
Tickets can be purchased on site at the ticket counters, subject to their availability.

Admission: Adults ¥900 (¥600; ¥800)
College and University students ¥500 (¥350; ¥450)
High school students ¥300 (¥200; ¥250)
* The price in brackets is for the group of 20 persons or more; and for discount coupon holders.
* Admission is free for junior high school students, and those with Disability Certificates and one
caregiver accompanying each of them.
* All prices include tax.

Organizer: National Crafts Museum, NHK ENTERPRISES INC. Nagoya Branch Office, The Yomiuri Shimbun Hokuriku Branch Office
Special cooperation: The Pokémon Company
Produced: NHK Promotions Inc.
Supported: Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa City, THE HOKKOKU SHIMBUN, Television Kanazawa Corporation

YouTube Clip - POKÉMON X KOGEI #1

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMJymR-Z4D0

YouTube Clip - POKÉMON X KOGEI #2

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j6mCDWyfmc

Goods / Catalog:

Available at: National Museum of Arts and Crafts Museum Shop and the Pokémon Center Kanazawa

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Notebook Yoshida Taiichiro / Kasumi Ueba - 1,430 yen (tax included)
T-shirt Yuki Tsuboshima - 3,960 yen (tax included)
Masking Tape Keiko Masumoto / Yoshida Taiichiro / Kasumi Ueba - 495 yen (tax included)
Logo Tote Red/Black - 3,740 yen (tax included)
Logo Sacoche - 1,650 yen (tax included)
Free Cup Navy/Red/Green - ¥1,320 (tax included)

Pikachu Plushie Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft - 2,640 yen (tax included)


This plushie commemorates the exhibition Pokémon x Crafts Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft where Pokémon and craftspeople put their skills to the test. Pikachu is dressed in a kimono with the traditional Japanese Kouji-tsunagi pattern.

Official Catalog POKÉMON X KOGEI Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft - 3,300 yen (tax included)


20 craft artists, from a Living National Treasure to youngsters have created artpieces featuring Pokémon using Kogei materials and techniques. The exhibition features approximately 70 works born from their inspiration, hard work and enjoyment. Visitors will be able to enjoy the unexpected expressions of Pokémon, achieved through the rich materials of crafts and the mastery of exceptional craftsmanship. This is the official catalog of the POKÉMON X KOGEI Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft exhibit.

Goods List (Japanese):

ノート 吉田泰一郎/植葉香澄 ¥1,430(税込)
Tシャツ 坪島悠貴 ¥3,960(税込)
マスキングテープ 桝本佳子/吉田泰一郎/植葉香澄 ¥495(税込)
ロゴ トート Red/Black ¥3,740(税込)
ロゴ サコッシュ ¥1,650(税込)
フリーカップ Navy/Red/Green ¥1,320(税込)
ぬいぐるみ ポケモン×工芸展のピカチュウ 2,640円(税込)
公式図録『ポケモン×工芸 美とわざの大発見』 3,300 円(税込)

Sources: https://www.momat.go.jp/english/cg/exhibition/pokemon-x-kogei-playful-encounters-of-pokemon-and-japanese-craft/ and https://kogei.pokemon.co.jp/
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