Netsuke
This episode features netsuke, the small and exquisitely crafted fasteners that are used to suspend small objects or accessories from the sash of the kimono, which do not come with pockets. They were all the rage in the Edo period (1603-1867). These fasteners are art in miniature, easily fitting into the palm of one's hand, and on account of their beauty, tempting to touch and hold. They are treasured companions for Rakugo comic storyteller Kokontei Bungiku, who shares his thoughts about them. We visit a museum in Kyoto Prefecture for netsuke, the largest of its kind. And we also look at why netsuke are also popular among some people outside of Japan. The show features a range of rare and valuable Netsuke fashioned by famous craftsmen in the Edo period.