Relocation of National Crafts Museum *
*“National Crafts Museum ” will be used as the common name for Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, after it is relocated to Ishikawa Prefecture.
As part of its regional revitalization policy, the national government of Japan has decided to move certain national government functions out of Tokyo: this includes relocating Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, to Ishikawa Prefecture. National Crafts Museum is the only national art museum in Japan to specialize in crafts, and as a result of its relocation to Ishikawa Prefecture, it will be the first national museum of art along the sea of Japan side.
This museum will serve as a national center for the promotion of crafts, featuring more than 1,900 art and craft works from the collection including some 1,400 works created by preservers of important intangible cultural properties (living national treasures) and members of the Japan Art Academy. All of these works are indispensable in studying the history of Japanese crafts.
Ishikawa Prefecture:Known as a center for crafts, with a rich cultural environment
- Number of individuals with works selected for the Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
(per capita): 1st place in Japan for 17 consecutive years
- Number of living national treasures for craft techniques
(per capita): 1st place in Japan