Wishing you all a better, happier 2021!

Mikiko Yamanashi

Mikiko Yamanashi, Gallery Director

2020 has been an unbelievable year for all of us sharing the collective experience of the pandemic. Many of us are left in isolation behind our national borders. Galleri Yamanashi has been closed ever since the traffic between Japan and Sweden stopped last March. All our planned exhibitions and projects in Stockholm have been postponed until further notice. It is still difficult to see when we can become fully active internationally.

In October 2021, Yamanashi Hemslöjd marks its 50th anniversary in Japan. Since 1971, we have been promoting cultural exchange between northern Europe and Japan through handicrafts and manual arts. While Covid-19 has made digital media ever more dominant throughout the world, we will remain faithful to the value and beauty of tactile handmade objects.

We look forward to meeting you in person, but meanwhile, you are most welcome to join our activities in Tokyo online!


Thank you for sharing your love of arts and crafts with us. Wherever you are, stay safe and well, till we meet again.

Greetings from Mikiko Yamanashi and the Yamanashi Hemslöjd Team (Tokyo & Stockholm)


*The property of Galleri Yamanashi is owned by Stockholm City under the protective regulation of the old town.
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Galleri Yamanashi opened in Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan, in 2014 with an inaugural exhibition of Issey Miyake’s work entitled ‘Magical Textile’.

The gallery’s mission is to keep traditional handicraft techniques alive through cultural exchange, and to support younger artists and makers by bringing their work to a wider audience through exhibitions, workshops and competitions. Our central location enables a wide, multi-national audience to discover these talented artists and their work.

As well as introducing Japanese artists to a European audience, we host exhibitions by a variety of Swedish and European artists and makers as well as Japanese artists who live and work in Europe.

This wonderful, historic space is available for rent for events and exhibitions.

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Ulla Neogard’s Swedish handmade baskets


Ulla Neogard has exhibited her one woman show since 2015. She has been the top maker of traditional Swedish Birch Bark baskets for over 40 years.

She recently finished 4 big Birch Bark rucksacks for Skansen open air museum in Stockholm. Every design is unique.

The exhibition features more than 200 works, all made by her.


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Typographical Duet of Japan and Sweden

Isao Yamada and Maria Holmer Dahlgren
The new dates will be announced as soon as things are settled.

The Japanese artist Isao Yamada makes all his works manually, with a delicate handicraft touch. Combined with literal context, his typography is poetical and contemplative.

He incorporates decorative patterns with letters, creating “emoji-zuan” (graphical picturesque letters). His designs are commissioned for book covers, theatre posters, signboards, logos and other personalised items. He is also known as a film maker, who implements his hand-written words in his non-digital cinema. His films have been presented across the world including the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

The Swedish graphic designer Maria Holmer Dahlgren makes playful, colorful patterns and unique letters that are usually printed on trays, towels, carpets and other usable items that fit into the theme “everyday art”.

She is also known for her portraits of cities, landscapes and other favorite places. Her design is represented all over the world and she’s had her own collection at the Tate Galleries in England. Maria finds her inspiration in everyday things and truly believes that life is full of art.

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