Serendipity is a happy and unexpected event that occurs due to chance, and often appears when we are searching for something else. Serendipity is a delight when it happens in our daily lives, as chance plays an important role in collecting, and has been responsible for some exciting discoveries in the antique and folk art worlds.
This section explores art, craft, and artisanship present in all things Japanese produced by artists throughout the country. An enduring cliche’ about Japan is that the old and traditional co-exist harmoniously with the modern lifestyle. Education is central to Mingei Arts’ mission, for we focus on a rich and enviable cultural heritage that even today is very much alive and relevant. Here you will find all types, identified and unidentified folk art and dolls, transformed from natural materials into beautiful three-dimensional objects.
While many visitors to Japan are drawn primarily to the romance of ancient Japan and its customs, this section of our site will serve Japanese collectors and anyone interested in Japanese craft, the culture, and the history of the visual excitement of the objects presented for sale.