1910 Japan- British Exhibition
The Japan-British Exhibition was held at White City in London in 1910. Spread over 22,550 square metres, it was the largest international exposition that Japan had ever participated in. Exhibits included rare art displays, elaborate architecture models and two authentic Japanese gardens were created at the site. It was visited by over 8 million people. The work of Tamagawa Kakuhei, third generation of Gyokusendō (1853-1922) was displayed at the Japan-British Exhibition of 1910 and was awarded the silver prize. The certificate from Gyokusendō’s participation in this historic exhibition is on display at Japan House alongside works by Tamagawa Norio, the sixth generation, and Tamagawa Motoyuki, the seventh generation of Gyokusendō, during the ‘Biology of Metal’ exhibition. Gyokusendō’s skilfully crafted objects are held in such high regard that they have often been invited to dedicate new Gyokusendō creations to the Imperial Family on auspicious occasions.