Netsuke for Sale         *click the photo to enlarge

If you have any enquiries, contact Fumio please. (for price enquiry, please indicate which one(s)  


Resting Kirin 

 Materials: Walrus Tusk, Tortoise Shell & Buffalo Horn, Gold Leaf

 Dimensions: 49mmL X 38mmH X 29mmD


 Materials: Deer Antler, Tortoise Shell, Gold Leaf

 Dimensions: 67mmH X 38mmW X 20mmD

Mouse cleaning its tail.      *SOLD

 Materials: Antique Billiard Ball (Ivory), Buffalo Horn


Crocodile Netsuke

 Materials: Deer Antler, Buffalo Horn


INARINOKAMI = White Fox                *Sold

Material: Hippopotamus Tooth.     63mm

INARINOKAMI's more familiar name is OINARI-San. They are treated same as God or messenger of god. 

FUSHIMI Inari Shrine in Kyoto is the most famous shrine of INARINOKAMI.

signed "BUN=ぶん” as Fumio's signature but it's got frame like form.  

TAKE-ni-TORA = Bamboo and Tiger          *Sold

Sashi Netsuke: Himotoshi is formed little bamboo branch 

Traditionally in Japan, Bamboo and Tiger are described together as best match ( like SHISHI-ni-BOTAN= Shishi lion and Peony)  

Materials; Cow Bone, Buffalo Horn.         116mm

can be worn as a necklace

KUDARI-RYU = Dragon from the Heaven

Materials: Warthog Tusk, Mother of Pearl(eyes), Gold Leaf, Paua Shell,       105mm

NOBORI-RYU (rising to the heaven) and KUDARI-RYU are often seen as set. Once got in Heaven, then the Dragon has finished ascetic practices/training then it's turned KUDARI-RYU and coming down to the earth as God. 

can be worn as a necklace 

HAKUZOSU=Disguised Fox (from KYOGEN-Play="TSURIGITSUNE")            *Sold

Materian: Deer Antler      77mm

She's holding Bamboo Stick and looking downward(like hiding herself). from the back, her tail is peeking out. 

"Concentration" ~ Karasu Tengu          *Sold

 Karasu Tengu is a Half man, half bird(Crow) mystic goblin. The fan enables him to use his magic power, such as fly, change appearance, set fire, make wind and rain, control people's mind, etc,..almost anything. This Karasu Tengu has Yatsude Leaf (as called as "Tengu's Fan) and just concentrating himself to use the power, with standing one-tooth-Geta(Japanese wooden sandal) . He's got a Hyotan=Gourd.

*Materials: antique billiard ball (Ivory), Ebony(Tokin=Cap.  Eyes), Lignum Vitae(Gourd),  Stainless wire

 41.5mm wide

Karasu Tengu ~ Resting

 Sleeping/ Resting Karasu Tengu. The eyes look like narrowly open that I wanted to show his paying attention to his surroundings all the time.

*Materials: Deer Antler, Buffalo Horn (Tokin= Cap)


Kirin / 48mm.       *Sold

 Materials: Deer Antler, Buffalo Horn(inlaid eyes)

*Kirin is resting after 4000km night run.

White Snake

 Materials: Wild Pig Tusk, Gold Leaf, Tortoise Shell

 110mm across

White Snake is told traditionally as one of sacred animals in Japan. I carved with a leaf of Bamboo, because when I was a child I dreamed some snakes come out from bamboo forest. It is told if you go there (place you saw snake in a dream), you'll find treasure. This can be worn as a necklace.

Kiyohime (from Dojoji Play).     *Sold

 Material: Deer Antler.    69mm

 I carved a scene of Kiyohime just turning to Demon. She hold bell striker on right hand and left hand is hold firmly by anger and jealous.  My signature is in the shape of amulet. Left toe is slightly up which shows the climax is starting of the Play. The hair got longer which represents turning to snake.

Baku / Devouring nightmares      *Sold

 Materials: Deer Antler Crown, Buffalo Horn.    46mm

Baku is a mythological animal that is described as having the trunk and tusks of an elephant, has eyes of rhinoceros, tail of an ox, legs and paws of a tiger. People seeking relief from recurring bad dreams would put a picture of Baku under their pillows.



       Materials: Deer Antler, Ebony

 We see Birds do pick up feather or leaf, and they sometimes put it on their back. Our chicken do too. So I carved a Kiwi pick up silver fern on its back.

Giant Snail / Powelliphanta

 Materials: Deer Antler Crown, Gold Leaf, Turtle Shell, Goat Horn


 Dyed by Yasha and Japanese Sumi ink


 Materials: tagua Nut, Goat horn

  *Ko-mori means Bat in Japanese, but I made this piece has two meanings by adding a baby bat. "Komori" means Parent embracing baby. So this Netsuke is "Ko-mori's KOMORI". (hope you understand what I mean)

Firefly (Lightning Bug) = Hotaru on bamboo grass leaf

 Sashi type of Netsuke. Firefly sitting on a Leaf and making its bottom glowing.

*Materials: Deer Antler, Buffalo Horn, Gold Leaf, Tortoise Shell



 Materials: Walrus Tusk, Buffalo Horn


 Walrus Nestuke from Walrus Tusk. As a Netsuke, it shouldn't have pointy part nor break easy part, that is the point to think about the design to make it (especially like walrus has tusks).


 Material: Deer Antler

  Elephant is playing with a ball. Himotoshi is formed around front right leg.

Sansho-Uo / Japanese Fresh water salamander

 Materials: Deer Antler, Bufalo Horn

*Sansho-uo (Andrias Japonics)  is one of 21 Japanese Natural monuments and is fully protected. The Name is from the smell of the animal which is smell like SANSHO(herb) plant. They have distinguish big mouse and head. Grow up to 150cm long.


KanGaeru 2021 / Thinking Frog              *SOLD

 Materials: Deer Antler, Sheep Horn, Buffalo Horn

 32mm Tall


Rashomon:   *Sold

 The Big Oni-Demon's hand was cut off by Samurai Watanabe-no-tsuna, from the popular story of Rashomon* (there are similar other stories there since 12th century). Ko-Oni(small Oni) is crying on his hand.

 Materials; Deer Antler

 50mm  *the Oni's Bangle is loose.

Yokai Amikiri /  Net cutter.       *Sold

 Yokai= Spectre, Spirit. This Amikiri appears during night which cut and ruin the net for fishing. This appearance of Amikiri is Fumio's own imagination.

 Materials: Wild Pig Tusk, Goat Horn 

Crab on Lotus Leaf

 Materials: Whale Tooth, Goat Horn

 67.8mm,      can be worn as a Necklace,   finished Oct 2020

Spider on Kumara Leaf

 Materials: Wild Pig Tusk, Goat Horn(inlaid Eyes).       48mm

Iwami type Netsuke

Crab at Beach at night

 The Pig Tusk represents (crescent)Moon. Paua shell represents the water. The Crab came to the beach for laying eggs.

Hiding Crab

 Material: Deer Antler

When I was a kid, livers were good place to play with friends. I still remember I found some crabs in clay wall beside a river.

 Just a simple Netsuke from antler. *can be worn as a Necklace

Deep Burrower (Panope zelandica)

 Material: Deer Antler


Sashi Netsuke or Necklace ( Holes are on the end of shell) or good for cabinet display (quite big piece)

Samurai Bat #2

 Materials: Deer Antler, Tortoise Shell, Gold Leaf, Goat Horn

 *The Bat Samurai is feeling someone(assassin) is approaching to him from behind. 


 Materials: Deer Antler Crown, Goat Horn

45mm width


 Material: Wild Pig Tusk

 Can be worn as a Necklace

Oni Yarai / (Setsubun- festival)         *Sold

 Matarials: Deer Antler, Tortoise Shell, Buffalo Horn, Gold Leaf, Lignum Vitae(wood)

 * The Oni demon is protecting himself from the beans thrown by the people who want keep their house bad thing free.

  Traditional seasonal event in Japan

Nioh and Oni / Sumo Netsuke         *Sold

 Materials: Deer Antler, Water Buffalo Horn, Goat Horn

 80mm high

 *I was always thinking to make Sumo Netsuke one day. When I found a unique shaped Deer Antler, I just saw these two guys wrestling. It was so much fun the carving process from start to finish without looking anything photos or painting. My signature is in GUNBAI shaped area.

Red Eyed Frog

 Materials: Deer Antler, Tortoise Shell

White Snake.        *Sold

 Materials: Deer Antler, Goat Horn

 White snake is believed as a holy creature in Japan. Very special.

Clam Netsuke

 Material: Mammoth Ivory


Kappa-maki (Kappa-Roll) / Sashi Netsuke

 Materials: Deer Antler, Paua Shell, Goat Horn


If you know the Kappa-maki in a menu of Sushi, that contains cucumber in the roll. Because Kappa is told that they love cucumber, so the sushi roll is named "Kappa-maki(=roll)". This netsuke shows cucumber is rolled by Kappa.

Hide-and-Seek    *Sold

 Materials: Deer Antler Crown, Mother of Pearl, Goat Horn


Which is hiding? which is seeking? you can enjoy. 

Himotoshi is formed underneath third leg from right. You can hang it from a shell hole too.

Fujin, God of the Wind            *Sold

 Materials: Hippopotamus Tooth, Deer Antler(face), Goat Horn(eyes)

 Dimensions: 36.4mm L X 30mm W X 14.5mm thickness

 *God of the wind is checking if his bag is collecting the power wind or not. finished October 2020

Toad (waking up from hibernation)

 Material: Deer Antler, Gold Leaf, Tortoise Shell

 63mm Length

Leaping Humpback Whale

 Materials: Deer Antler, Goat Horn(eyes), Paua Shell(on bottom)



 Materials: Deer Antler, Mother of Pearl, Goat Horn


Fugu-Cyochin / Pufferfish Lantern 

 Cyochin=Lantern is common in Japan. People sometimes make it from Fugu/Pufferfish.

 Materials: Deer Antler, Mother of Pearl, Ebony(recycled from antique Piano key)


Zashiki-Taka=Jumping Spider / Netsuke

 Materials: Wild Pig Tusk, Goat Horn

 Dyed by Yasha and Sumi Ink


*On the back side, a wing and a leg of Fly are engraved. Those represent the Spider Hunted and ate. Fumio's signature is in Gourd shaped area.

Snail on Lotus Leaf 2

 materials: Wild Pig Tusk, Abalone Shell, Goat Horn

 80mm in length

The inlaid Goat horn eyes for the snail are around 0.5mm(half a millimetre)


Frog on a leaf of Bamboo Grass / Sashi Netsuke

 Material: Deer Antler, Goat Horn(frog's eye)

 115mm Length (Middle photo shows how to wear), Can be worn as a Necklace

Awabi / Paua/ Abalone  with Starfish/ Syunga (adult theme) Netsuke

 carved from Deer Antler Crown


The rim of the original Antler represents Paua's Foot

"Syunga" Netsuke