Photo credit: Aki Mori



iJaponesque is a way of revealing the nature of creativity within tradition, the soul of Japanese aesthetics. As part of our 30th anniversary celebration, the Gallery is taking a new direction in presenting traditional art and culture in a new way that appeals to all generations. Learn more at


Our Digital Publication


Iwasawa Oriental Arts was pleased to present a digital publication on Japanese lacquered arts centered on the tradition of 写 utsushi and an exhibition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the gallery.

Learn more about this publication, which is a free educational resource available to the public.

Book Review: Creativity within Tradition

The Continuity of Japanese Aesthetics: Creativity within Tradition, by Iwasawa Oriental Art
By Kazuko Kameda-Madar


News & Events


is delighted to announce the 33rd Annual Exhibition

Image & Transmission

November 1st -30th, 2015
Reception: Sunday, November 8, 1 – 4 pm


Through calligraphy, photography, and works on paper, viewers are invited to reflect on the messages, philosophies and interactions of ideas created by 8 artists. 


Learn more about the artists


IOA is Supporting NUMU’s vision of being a curatorial laboratory for collaboration. Stephen Beal: Warp and Weft is guest curated by San Francisco gallerist George Lawson. The exhibit explores ten years of Beal’s Grid paintings and is the most comprehensive exhibition of Beal’s work to date.


Stephen Beal
Warp and Weft: Selected Grid Paintings 2005—2015
The New Museum Los Gatos
October 15, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Netsuke Online Research Center

netsuke headerThe Netsuke Online Research Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the cultural awareness, aesthetics, and enjoyment of Netsuke and related Japanese Art Works all over the world.