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Kamino-hikarino-awa
Kamikoromo

Sep 02, 2015 | EVENT 

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Cosmic Wonder’s kamikoromo get their white color from the kozo plant. The ume flower color comes from an Akane herbal dye. The sumi color comes from a wildflower herbal dye.

 

Paper has long been celebrated in Japanese life for the important role it plays in many rituals, ceremonies, and countless everyday activities. In ancient times, Buddhist priests pasted together paper scraps to make kimonos. This tradition lives on in the form of kamikoromo and in the ceremony called ‘omizutori’, which is performed at the Todaiji Buddhist temple in Nara. Ippen Shonin (St.Ippen) traveled throughout Japan wearing kamikoromo.

 

From the Muromachi period onward, kamikoromo spread out through the samurai culture. The one worn by Kenshin Uesugi (one of the most powerful lords of the Sengoku period) is thought to be the oldest surviving kamikoromo. Toyotomi Hideyoshi (a preeminent daimyo) owned a kamikoromo haori (the reverse side was dyed with kobai). By the middle of the Edo period, the use of these paper robes had expanded to the general population. This is the time of Basho, the greatest haiku poet and a wearer of kamikoromo.

 

Their lightness and heat-retaining quality made them popular among travelers and traveling haiku poets. Kamikoromo embody the sense of wabi-sabi, emphasizing the rustic beauty of nature. In the present day, techniques for the production of traditional paper clothing are still practiced in Shiroishi, Miyagi Prefecture.

 

Today, kozo, mitsumata and gampi are the principal raw materials for washi. Kozo is prized for its long, tough fibers. Kozo is cut at the root and steamed in a barrel over a fire in order to separate the bark. The bundles of fibers are placed in a cold stream for one to three days. The branches are boiled and stripped of their outer bark and then dried. The fibers are then boiled, placed in running water, and naturally bleached. The rinsed fibers are placed in a strainer floating in water for further cleaning and then laid on a board and beaten. Once they have dried overnight and have been softened by stamping or hand-rubbing, they are ready to be made into washi.

 

COSMIC WONDER Kamino-hikarino-awa collection event will go on a tour to the following region in Japan.

 

[ Schedule]

KAGURE, Osaka 9/5 – 15

DOORS, Minamisemba, Minamisemba 9/19 – 29

CIY, Morioka 10/3 – 12

STARDUST, Kyoto 10/10 – 18

OUTBOUND, Kichijoji 10/21 – 11

MM BOOKS MINO, Mino 11/7 – 15

ISETAN SHINJUKU MEN’S 2F, Shinjuku 11/11 – 24

OU, Nagoya 11/17 – 23

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New arrival ONLINE STORE

Aug 31, 2015 | NEWS 

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COSMIC WONDER “Kamino-hikarino-awa Kamikoromo” collection are now available online.

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER Online Store

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER
5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open 11am – 7pm | Closed on Wednesdays

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

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COSMIC WONDER with Kogei Punks Sha
Exhibit “Kamino-hikarino-awa Water Ceremony”

Jul 24, 2015 | EVENT 

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Photography by Yurie Nagashima

 

Under an April sky, the water ceremony Kamino-hikarino-awa was performed by Cosmic Wonder with Kogei Punks Sha.

Visitors were invited to drink the spring water welling up from the foot of the mountain.

Deep inside a forest of Japanese cedar, the story of a natural journey was told in words and quiet gestures.

Our thoughts were calmed by the rustling sounds of paper.

Mountaintops shimmered in bowls of water and wild sakura petals drifted down through the air.

 

 

COSMIC WONDER with Kogei Punks Sha

Exhibit “Kamino-hikarino-awa Water Ceremony”

 

Exhibition period: August 2 – September 6, 2015

*Closed every Wednesday (Temporary Closing August 13 (Thu.) and 14 (Fri.))

 

Place: Center for COSMIC WONDER

Hours: 11am – 19pm (Film will be screened from 4pm to 7pm everyday.)

Admission free

 

COSMIC WONDER

Kogei Punks Sha

Takaharu Maeda

Naoto Ishii

Masaru Kawai

Yurie Nagashima

Nobuhiro Shimura

 

Exhibition organized by Center for COSMIC WONDER

Under the auspices of gallery Hakuden

 

 

An art book “Kamino-hikarino-awa Water Ceremony ” is being published on the occasion of the exhibition. This book includes Yurie Nagashima’s photographs, Nobuhiro Shimura’s film stills and a letterpress drawing by Kogei Punks Sha. A limited edition of 250 copies by Center for COSMIC WONDER | gallery Hakuden.

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COSMIC WONDER
Kamino-hikarino-awa
Kamikoromo

Jul 11, 2015 | COSMIC WONDER 

Kamikoromo

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Nemagari-bamboo basket

Jul 04, 2015 | NEWS 

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Takezaiku woven of nemagari-bamboo native to Togakushi in Nagano prefecture, Japan.
Made entirely by hand by a skilled artisan, beginning with the gathering of bamboos in Mt. Togakushi.

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open 11am – 7pm | Closed on Wednesdays

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Keiko Maeda in Kyoto
Photos by Anders Edström

Jun 16, 2015 | NEWS 

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 “The Solar Garden” was a Cosmic Wonder clothing project that ran from 2010 until 2014. The project was developed around the concept of harmonious coexistence with nature. These quiet portraits of a woman wearing Solar Garden clothing were taken in Kyoto, between 2011 and 2012, by Anders Edström.

As of 2014, Cosmic Wonder has taken another step in its evolution by exploring ways of circumventing existing manufacturing practices with alternative methods of production. Guided by the gentle light at the root of the universe, Cosmic Wonder extends its activities deeper into the roots of life.

This book includes an essay called “In Glass” by Japan-based critic and editor Cameron Allan McKean.

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Published by The Spring Press, NYC

 

First Edition 500 copies

 

56 pages

40 color plates

21.6 cm x 27.9 cm

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A Document of Memories

Jul 18, 2015 | COSMIC WONDER Free Press 
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  On that particular day when Yukinori Maeda had informed me about the ceremony, it had never occurred to me that I would be able to visit. There are no trains or buses leading to that place embedded deep in the mountains of Kyotanba. I was in Kyoto at the time on Monday, March 30th, when I was told that ‘Kamino-hikarino-awa Water Ceremony,’ was to take place in that setting as a creative gathering by Cosmic Wonder and ‘Kogei Punks Sha’ –an artistic unit by Yukinori Maeda and Sumiko Ishii whom presides over gallery Hakuden, a sanctuary of sorts for ceramics and handcraft. I had heard of t…[Read more]

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