Exhibition: Yamamoto Sakubei & the Rich Seams of Japan’s Coal Mining History

This exhibition runs from Fri, 4th Oct 2019 to Fri, 15th Nov 2019. See all dates

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Cost: Free of Charge

Yamamoto Sakubei worked in coal mines in the Chikuho region of northern Kyushu for over 50 years. Despite a limited formal education and no artistic training, he started to produce a series of diaries and annotated paintings which meticulously described what life was like in the mines in the first half of the 20th century.

Sakubei’s body of work is an invaluable resource which chronicles the transformations Japan’s coal mining industry went through during a period of great social and economic change in the country. His collection of paintings and diaries became Japan's first addition to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2011.

This exhibition highlights Sakubei’s importance in documenting the lives of miners, the folk traditions of northern Kyushu and Japan's industrial heritage.

Admission is free, but photo ID is necessary to gain entry to the Embassy.

Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Embassy of Japan,

101-104 Piccadilly,

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