MINGEI:The Beauty of Everyday Thingsis a large-scale touring exhibition which focuses on the concept,
development, current status, and future perspectives of mingei.

Mingei was advocated by philosopher Soetsu Yanagi and others in 1926. It has developed as a movement of livelihood culture, resonating with the social context of each era for about 100 years by being taken up as a theme many times and attracting attention. Particularly in recent years, within the context of the growing demand for an awareness of ethical consumption and a review of daily life, the viewpoint of mingei that values beauty in daily life and respects materials and craftspeople has been recognized again as something familiar to our lives.

This exhibition will explore mingei by three different chapters that are 1) The 1941 “Life Exhibition”: A Lifestyle Proposal by Soetsu Yanagi, 2) Mingei in Daily Life: Beautiful Design and 3) Expanding Mingei: Past, Present, and Future, consisting of over 150 objects collected by Yanagi and his colleagues. It may provide an opportunity to learn about the origins of mingei and the standards of beauty it presents, and to ultimately gain hints on how to enrich our own lives. The show will also introduce the development of mingei movement after Yanagi’s death, as we visit mingei production areas that continue to this day and introduce the craftspeople who work there and the handwork that has been passed down through the generations.

Moreover, a future mingei style that can be integrated into modern life will be suggested within topic: Mixed MINGEI Style by MOGI, in order to give a broader view of the future of mingei that should be continued through communication between craftspeople, users of their works, and those who connect them.


The Beauty of Everyday Things

Dates Wed., April 24 to Sun., June 30, 2024
Closed Monday (except for April 29 and May 6) and May 7
Hours 10:00AM-6:00PM (last entry: 30 minutes before closing time)
Place Setagaya Art Museum, 1st and 2nd floor exhibition galleries
Organized by: Setagaya Art Museum (Setagaya Arts Foundation), The Asahi Shimbun, TOEI Company LTD.
Supported by: Setagaya City, Setagaya City Board of Education, J-WAVE Inc.
With the sponsorship of: TOPPAN Inc.
With the special cooperation of: The Japan Folk Crafts Museum
With the cooperation of: Shizuoka City Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum, Katolec Corporation.


Entrance Fees(including tax):

Adults Seniors
(over 65)
University and
high school students
Junior high and
elementary school students
Set ticket with sacoche bag
(art logo design by MIYAIRI Keita)
1,700yen(1,400yen) 1,400yen(1,100yen) 800yen(600yen) 500yen(300yen) 3,200yen
  • *Prices in parentheses ( ) refer to group rates for groups of 20 or more people.
    For group visits, please contact Setagaya Art Museum office (TEL 03-3415-6011)in advance.
  • *The ticket price for handicapped person is 500 yen, and a helper is free. All handicapped persons in college, high school, junior high and elementary schools are free.
  • *No reservations are needed for preschool-age children.
  • *On the day of their visit, students are asked to present their school ID card.
  • *On the day of their visit, seniors are asked to present their ID card.

Tickets are available to purchase at below

Museum Ticket Counter, Official Online Tickets, Seven-Eleven Tickets

*For those using discounts
Please purchase tickets at the Museum ticket counter on the day of your visit. Please see below for more information.

Please note

  • The timed entry reservation is NOT required.
  • Tickets cannot be reissued.
  • People who have a difficulty purchasing online or who require group tickets or discounts tickets, purchase same-day tickets at the Setagaya Art Museum ticket counter. At busy times, you may be asked to wait in line to enter.

For discounts

  • People who have a difficulty purchasing online, or who require group tickets or discounts tickets, visit Setagaya Art Museum ticket counter.
  • Purchase the same-day-ticket by present your certificates/school IDs/coupons at the ticket counter of the Museum. Payment can be made by cash, credit card, prepaid transportation IC card, and PayPay.

Discounts apply:

  • Setagaya Arts Card *Up to 3 accompanying persons of each type
  • Discount coupon for "Event Guide Arts & Sports in Setagaya" *All accompanying persons of each type
  • Setagaya Public Theatre Friends Association membership card, Setagaya Literature Museum Friends Association membership card *Only for adults
  • Junior High School Art Appreciation Class, Elementary School Art Appreciation Class *Up to 2 accompanying persons of each type
  • Setagaya Trust Community Development membership card *Only for adults
  • Cera Service membership card *All registered family members of each type
  • Gurutto Pass *Only for adults
  • Mutual aid association membership card for special ward employees, associate membership card *All registered family members of each type
  • Driving record certificate
  • Goto Art Museum stub *Adults, high school and university students, small and medium-sized students, 65 years old and over
  • TOKYU Card *Only for adults
  • Tamagawa Takashimaya S・C Card International [Guide Dog Support Card] *Only for adults
  • Membership card for Rose Circle of Takashimaya Tomonokai *Only for adults
  • Takashimaya Sugoi-Supply [Sugotsuki] Membership Card *Only for adults
  • Keio Passport Card *Only for adults
  • Gotoh Museum of Art Friendship *Only for adults
  • Japan Folk Art Museum Friendship Association *Only for adults
  • Meguro Museum of Art Pilier's Association *Only for adults
  • Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art Friendship *Only for adults
  • JAF (Japan Automobile Federation) *Up to 3 accompanying persons of each type
  • Other discount postcards, etc. *Up to 2 accompanying persons of each type

Free admission

Please come to the museum in person and present the following at the museum counter.

  • Invitation ticket, invitation card
  • Students with a disability certificate
  • Up to one caregiver for each disabled person with a disability certificate
  • Junior High School Art Appreciation Class Appreciation Ticket, Elementary School Art Appreciation Class Free Appreciation Ticket
  • International Art Critics Association (aica) membership card
  • Setagaya Art Museum project ticket as a commemorative gift for tax donation
  • Setagaya Art Museum Friendship Association membership card

Requests to visitors To prevent the spread of infectious disease

  • We ask that visitors with symptoms of illness, such as fever, or who are suspected of having an infectious disease, refrain from entering the museum in order to control the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Please sanitize your hands before entering the building.
  • We recommend that you wear a face-mask as a courtesy to other visitors, as it may not be possible to keep a sufficient distance inside the museum.
  • Please note that admission may be restricted when the exhibition rooms, library, museum store, etc. become crowded.
  • If you visit the museum in a group, please keep your distance when entering.


Setagaya Art Museum
1-2 Kinuta-koen, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0075
Tel. 03-3415-6011



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