When d47 MUSEUM opened in Shibuya, Tokyo, it also included a restaurant and a store displaying beautiful handmade items from 47 prefectures in Japan. Japan’s four main islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, have prefectures that were created in the early Meiji Period to replace the old feudal domains. Prefectures are akin to other country’s states.

Now at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA, the JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles celebrates the diversity of Japan’s prefectures through a collection of art, crafts, and design with JAPAN 47 ARTISANS. This exhibit will be in the Los Angeles location until January 5, 2020. Visitors entering the gallery on Level 2 will see all the artisans contemporary crafts that embody the character of their hometown.

JAPAN HOUSE is an innovative, worldwide project conceived by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Besides a location in Los Angeles, there is also a Japan House in London and Japan House in São Paulo.

The new Los Angeles gallery exhibit nurtures a deeper understanding and appreciation of Japan. Visitors will learn about different prefectures, each with its own unique history, resources, and relationship to the environment.

The collection of works in this exhibition exemplifies the respect and beauty of Japanese crafts that have been carried for centuries.

These items showcase a philosophy that advocates the use of objects with an enduring universal design that can be passed down through generations, linking the past to the present. Read more about the exhibition.

Each display offers information about the artist and the city in Japan they reside.

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Mitsuko Matsuzoe the D&DEPARTMENT PROJECT Executive Vice President and 47 Artisan Museum Producer launched the “Long-Life Design” projects. In Japan this project extends to retail, food and beverage, publishing and tourism.

This exhibit is complimentary to those visiting Japan House LA. The unique items displayed are not for sale. To learn more, go to D&Department. 

After viewing the exhibit, take an elevator up to the fifth level at Hollywood & Highland to enjoy a Japanese Tasting menu.

After the exhibit, taste some of Japan’s most exquisite delicacies at the “hidden retreat,” INN ANN. The restaurant on the fifth level offers a high-end, seasonal Japanese tasting menu dining experience. The menu incorporates local Californian farmers’ market ingredients for guests to discover “Umami” flavors with appetizers, soup, main dish, and dessert.