About Center

Netsuke Online Research Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and research of netsuke art for the global community through the development and implementation of the Netsuke Online Research Project. The Netsuke Online Research Project seeks to establish a global electronic repository for the study and research of both antique and contemporary netsuke and related Japanese Art works to promulgate its poetic art form and esthetic value in addition to its intrinsic value as collectable super-miniature carvings by artists translating their visions of our lives into works of beauty.

As a result of the outflow of netsuke from Japan, there has developed a global network of collectors and historians who have done considerable research on these treasures. The goal of the Netsuke Online Center is to facilitate the research, findings and the sharing of ideas of these unique, miniature sculptures.

This web site is still work in process. What is available demonstrates how a netsuke database can be used to support online research and facilitate communication and collaboration within the netsuke community.

Our Founder and Director

The Netsuke & Japanese Art Online Resource Center was founded by Kumiko Iwasawa Vadas, the proprieter of Iwasawa Oriental Art in Los Gatos, California. Ms. Iwasawa Vadas is also the former regional chairperson of the International Netsuke Soceity. For almost 30 years, she has provided expertise around Japanese art and antiques to the San Francisco Bay Area, including identification and appraisal services.

For more information about Ms. Iwasawa Vadas, or to contact her, please, visit her website.