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Planned Exhibition “Gifu Japanese Umbrella ― Craftsmanship and Beauty That Has Been Passed-Down”

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Exhibition period: March 26 (Sat), 2022 – May 22 (Sun), 2022

In the past, Japanese umbrellas were a daily commodity made all throughout the country―making it an item most Japanese people were familiar with. Presently, in addition to these umbrellas being needed for traditional Japanese performing arts and kabuki, they are also in demand at promotional tourism events and commercial facilities to use as decoration.
Production of Gifu’s Japanese umbrellas started during the Edo period (1603–1868). The delicate and elegant qualities of this local product caused it to become popular in Edo, Osaka, and even overseas. As of now, Gifu is the only region in the country that consistently mass produces umbrella hubs, makes the basic parts for the frames, assembles, and adds any needed finishing touches to Japanese umbrellas. Occupying about 60% of the domestic market share, Gifu is an undeniable leader in the industry.
At this exhibit, enjoy taking a look at the craftsmanship and beauty offered in the newly designated Japanese traditional craft―the “Gifu Japanese Umbrella”.

Overview

Event period March 26 (Sat), 2022 – May 22 (Sun), 2022

* Some of the objects on display are changed during the exhibition.

* Event periods and contents are subject to change or may be cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.

Closed Mondays (except May 2), May 6 (Fri)

* Closed days are subject to change.

Hours of operation 9:00 am–5:00 pm (Entry until 4:30 pm)
Organized by Gifu City
Supported by NPO Gifu Umbrella Association
Venue Special exhibition room on the 1st floor of Gifu City Museum of History
Admission fee 310 yen (250 yen) for high school and up; 150 yen (90 yen) for elementary/junior high school students

* Discounted prices in parentheses are for groups of 20 or more.

* Free admission for those below. (ID/proof required)

① Gifu-City residents of age 70 or older

② Holders of physical disability certificate, mental disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, or medical care recipient certificate for intractable diseases and one attendant

③ Junior high school students and younger visitors, and accompanying family members (of high school students and older) on April 17 (Sun) and May 15 (Sun)

④ Elementary / Junior high school students in Gifu City

- We take measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Depending on the crowd size, we may restrict the number of admissions. We would appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Exhibition-Related Events

Live Demonstration: Japanese Umbrella-Making
  • April 3 (Sun): Frame Attachment
  • 10 (Sun): Canopy Attachment
  • 17 (Sun): Thread-Weaving
  • 24 (Sun): Frame Construction
  • May 1 (Sun): Canopy Attachment
  • 3 (Tue): Frame Construction
  • 5 (Thu): Thread-Weaving
  • 8 (Sun): Frame Construction
  • 14 (Sat): Thread-Weaving
Each day: 10:00 am–12:00 pm, 1:30 pm–3:30 pm
Instructors April 3, Ms. Kayo Iwata(Hirano Akihiro Shoten)
April 10, 17 and May 1, Ms. Michiko Nakamura (Nakamura-ya Umbrella Store)
April 24, May 3 and 8, Mr. Kengo Maeda (Umbrella Frame Craftsman)
May 5, Ms. Tazuru Hara (Kasabiyori)
May 14, Ms. Miki Tanaka (Takahashi Wagasa Store)
Venue Lounge on the 1st floor of Gifu City Museum of History

* Exhibition viewers can participate freely.

Main Exhibition Works

  • Japanese Umbrella for the Performing Arts, Cherry Blossom-Shaped
  • Janome Umbrella (Slender Umbrella), 48 Bamboo Stretchers,
    Cut and Patch Pattern
  • Parasol, Tsukiyakko (Moon-Shaped) Umbrella with Ajiro (Jagged Eaves)
  • Umbrella Canopy Attachment Diagram from the 18-Illustration Series “Shokunin Zukushi-e” (Pictures of People of Various Occupations in Their Workshops)
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