The National Museum of Ethnology




From 14 April - 17 September 2017, The National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden presented the exhibition ‘Cool Japan: Worldwide Fascination in Focus’.


Pokémon, Hello Kitty, robots and samurai – all famous international icons of Japanese visual culture. Japan is known for its ancient traditions, and yet it is also hip and happening, with occasional extravagant visual excesses. The exhibition highlighted the popularity of contemporary Japan and placed the fascination in a historical context. Studio Harm Rensink designed the decor for this exhibition which occupied 8 magnificent rooms!





Exhibition design by Studio Harm Rensink

In close collaboration with HeyNiek and HOAX

Photography by Barbara Medo


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