A kimono has no pockets. Any small items such as coins, a personal seal, and other things were carried in containers hanging from the belt. Well-dressed Japanese men used to carry small amounts of medicine in inro, elaborately decorated lacquer objects especially designed for this purpose. Most of them date back to the peaceful Edo period (1603-1868). inro are splendid examples of exquisite and unsurpassed Japanese craftsmanshio. The miniature world depicted on them reflects the owner's wealth, personality, style and taste. They allow to examine the Japanese culture and mentality - not only the past world of the samurai, but modern Japan as well. The exhibition inro - A Key to the World of Samurai shows a selection of 205 items from the collection of Heinz and Else Kress, accompanied by modern lacquer plates after old designs and woodblock prints on the subject.