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From KPTV: ‘The Art of Netsuke Carvings’ exhibit at Portland Japanese Garden

Netsuke on display in “Fashion and Fantasy: The Art of Netsuke Carvings.” Photo by Nina Johnson.

Drawing on a recent gift from The Netsuke Collection of James R. Coonan, Denise C. Bates and Lurline C. Menzies, Fashion and Fantasy: The Art of Netsuke Carvings explores the breathtaking stories, artistic expression and imagination that netsuke capture. Each netsuke is highly detailed, imaginatively depicting people and animals from everyday life as well as folktales and fables. KPTV visited the Garden to check out the netsuke and speak with our assistant director of exhibitions, Sarah-Kate Nomura. Watch the video below.