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Golden Crane Society Opening Reception

Fashion and Fantasy: The Art of Netsuke Carvings

Golden Crane Recognition Society Members are invited to the opening reception of the first new Pavilion art exhibition this year.

Experience the world of netsuke, marvelous miniature Japanese sculptures that have long captivated wearers and collectors alike. Originally used in pre-modern Japan as functional accessories, each piece is intricately carved from materials such as bone, stone, or wood.

Japanese ivory netsuke of a rabbit with a bunch of loquats. Signed in rectangular reserve “Okatomo”. 18th century. Photo by Heather Hawksford

This exhibition celebrates a recent gift from the The Netsuke Collection of James R. Coonan, Denise C. Bates and Lurline C. Menzies showcasing a selection of these exquisite works.

Please join us for a special preview event and experience firsthand how these small carvings can break the boundaries of time and place to connect us to heartwarming stories from another era, thousands of miles away.

Japanese ivory netsuke of two men with a hawk. Signed “Tomoyuki”. Mid 19th century. Photo by Heather Hawksford

Refreshments and hors d’oeurvres will be served. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests, we will limit attendance to 140 guests. Please RSVP early to reserve your place.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 4 to Madeline Gambino at (503) 542-9301 or

Portland Japanese Garden is requiring all guests attending this reception to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by February 8. Please email us a copy of your vaccination card and photo ID, or bring both items with you to present at check-in.