Netsuke: miniature masterpieces from Japan

Daily Life

Netsuke and other carvings often depict daily life. These might show people working or relaxing, sometimes there are symbolic meanings to these actions. For example cleaning was linked with spirituality.

Carved scenes of daily life were also very popular with foreign visitors who were fascinated with Japan. They wanted to buy beautiful souvenirs with images of Japanese people to show friends and family back home.