March 20 – April 13, 2019

NCBF Cherry Blossoms NCBF Cherry Blossoms

March 16, 2017



6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution
1050 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012 (Map)

T) 202.633.1000




Before the introduction of European fashions, Japan was a “world without pockets.” Men carried their belongings in small pouches suspended from their kimono with toggles, or netsuke, which were enviable symbols of status. Discover this traditional art through a discussion with Freer|Sackler Curator James Ulak and a demonstration by master netsuke carver Ryushi Komada. Offered in partnership with the Japanese Information and Culture Center.

A robust schedule of public programs complement the Inventing Utamaro exhibition. Visit us online for more information on the exhibition, related programs and events.


The Freer|Sackler is open daily, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., except December 25.

Admission is free.

Getting There:

The Freer|Sackler is located on the National Mall at 1050 Independence Ave SW. The Freer is closed for renovation through October 2017. Please enter the Sackler through the Haupt Garden.

We recommend taking public transportation. The museum is steps from the Smithsonian Metro stop. Limited on-street parking is available, including reserved spaces for visitors with disabilities.