Articles featuring pieces from Iwasawa Oriental Art have appeared in Northern California & Garden (1993) and And Architectural Digest (1992). Iwasawa Oriental Art has been active in featuring special works at their Los Gatos gallery as well as other locations. The reputable Japan Society of Northern California has frequently worked with Iwasawa on their exhibitions.

Exhibitions and events Ms. Iwasawa Vadas has coordinated or participated in include:


David Kimball
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The Goddesses are Coming – A Celebration of Women in the Arts with a ‘Japanese Touch’
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Mushin: Mindfulness
Japanese Lacquer – Presentation at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco


酒器茶器展 Exhibition of Sake and Tea Utensils
慶溢萬齢 Keieki banrei: Celebrating the Fruition of Good Deeds


Creativity Within Tradition
Christmas Parade in Los Gatos
Iwasawa Oriental Art 30th Anniversary Celebration


Honoring the Resilient Spirit of the Japanese People


The Soul of Japanese Food


Bushidou-Samurai Code of Chivalry
Samurai Society and the Art of Incense


The Aromachology (aromatherapy and psychology) – Exhibition of Incense Utensils

Chinese Seals Exhibition – The Art of Seals

Goddesses, Prints by Mayumi Oda


IWAI: Arts of Celebration – 25th Anniversary of Iwasawa Oriental Art

Form and Function in Wood Firing

The Art of Living, Traditional Furniture – Byoubu (Folding Screens)

Goddesses – Mayumi Oda, Japanese Contemporary Artist


Christmas Sale

Tea Ceremony Utensils – Chadougu


Tea Ceremony Utensils – Chadougu


Japanese Lacquer Decoration for Chanoyu Exhibition and sale
And other selected activities included Japanese Lacquer Painting Lecture/Demonstration by Shunsai Maehata

Michiko Shimoda’s artworks are selling & showing at Iwasawa Oriental Art Please click to see the artworks.


Hiroko Ohno the landscape artist from Japan
Exhibition & Reception

Netsuke Night – World Within a Square Inch
May 16, May 19, May 22
Co-sponsored by Japan Society and Consulate General of Japan


Art After Hours: Sex, Sake and Sushi
Co-sponsored with the Japan Society


YO-NO-BI: Form and Function A California Collage
Presenting the work of local artist


Women in Art – Japanese Inspiration
Featuring the work of women artists working in contemporary and traditionally recognized artist whose work of Traditional Eastern iconography and bold Western influence.
“A goddess is coming to Town” featured in Los Gatos Weekly Times.


East Meets West Variation on a theme: Wood firing Gift of Nature.
Lecturer Jim Wayne, San Jose City College Ceramics Department

Lecture on Japanese Garden Design
Lecturer Marc Peter Keane, Landscape Architect and adjunct professor at Kyoto University.
At Iwasawa Oriental Art in Los Gatos
Japan Society Participated


Netsuke Exhibition
Featured netsuke in the San Francisco Bay Area
At Iwasawa Oriental Art in Los Gatos
April 30 – May 27
Lecturer Robert Kinsey, well-known author of several books on netsuke

Chanoyu – The Way of Tea
Japanese and American Collage of the Japanese Tea Ceremony at Iwasawa Oriental Art in Los Gatos
October 14 – November 18
Lecturer Christy Bartlett, Director of Urasenke Foundation, San Francisco

Visual Poetry: Japanese Traditional Calligraphy on Ceramics
At Iwasawa Oriental Art in Los Gatos
January 19 – February 18
Japan Society Participated


Exhibition of Japanese Erotic Art with Masterpieces of Ukiyoe Printing
at Iwasawa Oriental Art in Los Gatos
September 9 – October 8

Containing Beauty:
Japanese Flower Baskets & Vases
At Iwasawa Oriental Art in Los Gatos July 1- July 16

Exhibition at Museum in Kyoto
April 5 – June 19
Three pieces from “Makie” catalogue were displayed at this most prominent place to exhibit tea ceremony utensils. These pieces were also displayed in the museum’s catalogue.


Yakimono: Japanese Influence in American Ceramics
Japan Society Participated

Netsuke Convention in Chicago
Iwasawa Oriental Art published “Makie” catalogue which includes 160 pieces of Japanese lacquer. Introductions by Yoshikuni Taguchi (Emeritus Professor of Tokyo University of Fine Arts) and Yutaka Mino (Curator, Dept. of Asian Art, The Art Institute of Chicago.) This Catalogue can be highest quality Japanese Lacquerware to be found anywhere.


Zenga: The Art of Zen painting and calligraphy
Japan Society Participated


Tea Ceremony Utensils Exhibition

Makie Exhibition: Japanese Lacquer

Netsuke Convention in San Francisco
Prince Takamado attended
Ms. Vadas was Guest Curator in charge of preparing the Netsuke Exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco