Celebrating the Fruition of Good Deeds


“Iwasawa Oriental Art has been in business in Los Gatos for over thirty years, introducing Japanese Art and Culture to a broad audience. In addition to showing traditional art objects, Iwasawa Oriental Art presents numerous exhibits and programs that introduce many aspects of Japanese culture — such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, lacquer wares, and food — to its community. As one of the most innovative galleries in Silicon Valley, Iwasawa Oriental Art is now engaged in combining traditional arts with modern and contemporary art, to demonstrate the appeal of modern aesthetics in Japanese arts.”
~ Emily Sano, Director Emerita, Asian Art Museum San Francisco


“Kumiko Iwasawa and her extraordinary gallery in Los Gatos have been a refuge and inspiration for me in many ways. I am humbled by her dedication to quality and beauty on such a high scale and am proud to have used her pieces at Manresa Restaurant and as meaningful contributions in our own published works. The spirit of Iwasawa Oriental Arts truly is an oasis in the frenetic nature of our modern lives.”
~ David Kinch, Chef-Proprietor, Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos  

Photo credit: Aki Mori



iJaponesque is a way of revealing the nature of creativity within tradition, the soul of Japanese aesthetics. As part of our 30th anniversary celebration, the Gallery is taking a new direction in presenting traditional art and culture in a new way that appeals to all generations. Learn more at www.iJaponesque.com.


Our Digital Publication


Iwasawa Oriental Arts was pleased to present a digital publication on Japanese lacquered arts centered on the tradition of 写 utsushi and an exhibition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the gallery.

Learn more about this publication, which is a free educational resource available to the public.

Book Review: Creativity within Tradition

The Continuity of Japanese Aesthetics: Creativity within Tradition, by Iwasawa Oriental Art
By Kazuko Kameda-Madar

Los Gatos Living Magazine

LG_MagazineIwasawa Oriental Arts has been featured in the Los Gatos Living Magazine. Read the article here


News & Events

The owner of Iwasawa Oriental Art, Kumiko Iwasawa, has invited to participate in the exhibition at NUMU

~New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU) presents A Call to Collect, an exhibition that celebrates the pursuit of collecting art, featuring prized works from three highly regarded Los Gatos collectors. These locally connected women with globally relevant art collections have unique stories to share. From the early days of their collecting pursuits to current acquisitions, visitors to the exhibition will learn about the individual motives behind collecting art. Learn more..

Netsuke Online Research Center

netsuke headerThe Netsuke Online Research Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the cultural awareness, aesthetics, and enjoyment of Netsuke and related Japanese Art Works all over the world.