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rinn to hitsuji
Light of Life

Nov 29, 2019 | EVENT 

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The source of everything for me 

Like the source of light itself

If you light a candle, it may become like a wing,

Perhaps like a prayer, all may become light

I can’t say what is visible and what is not visible

I just know that all sources are light

rinn to hitsuji

 

 

We are pleased to present “Light of Life”, the first exhibition of rinn to hitsuji at Center for COSMIC WONDER. rinn to hitsuji was founded in 2007. The candles are made with soy wax, palm wax, rapeseed wax and beeswax, all 100% natural. All essences used are natural oils and carefully worked by hand. The candles are formed by the heart, like a friend who gently snuggles beside you. Their light is the light of love. rinn to hitsuji creates a light that shines like the beautiful and unwavering heart of a candle.

 

 

Exhibition period:

December 12 – December 22 , 2019

 

The artist will be present on December 12.

 

Opening Live: 

Luca

Thursday, December 12 / 6:00pm

Fee: 3,000 JPY

Number of seats: 30 

 

Apply via e-mail. Please send your name and telephone number to the following address:

event (a) cosmicwonder.com

 

LUCA

Born in Berkeley, California, Luca is a singer-songwriter who released her debut album “So, I began” in 2015. Her work includes vocal performances on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 8th solo album “async”, as well as some recent collaborations with haruka nakamura. In September 2019, she released the album “Light Waves” in collaboration with the Kyoto-based singer-songwriter There is a fox. She currently lives in Tokyo, having lived before in California, Denmark and Paris.

www.lucadelphi.com

 

Location:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

 

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Kaoru Yokoo
The Awakening Universe

Nov 20, 2019 | NEWS 

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We are pleased to present repaired the clothes collection of Cosmic Wonder with Yokoo Kaoru “The Awakening Universe” at Center for COSMIC WONDER.

 

Cosmic Wonder’s clothing which has dyed natural materials occasionally some things that can not be handed over due to color spots and fabric cracks. Kaoru Yokoo will perform art handwork such as embroidery and knitting to breathe new breath to them.

 

“The Awakening Universe” collection will be available at Center for COSMIC WONDER from November 23.

*It will end as soon as it is sold out.

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

 

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: November 20

 

Kaoru Yokoo

1979 Born in Tokyo.

Started from 2005, Active mainly on rectification by handwork such as embroidery or the crochet.

 

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Shigeo Tanaka
Form of Love

Oct 28, 2019 | EVENT 

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Because I like antiques and especially pottery, I started making it myself.

At first it was fun to work on the wheel but recently I have made many things with hand gestures and string which allows me to express myself even more. I have come to meet a variety of interesting people in recent years and one of them gave me a particular suggestion: “Why not close your eyes when you work?” When I try it, something unexpected is sure to happen. With your eyes closed, you get a deeper sense of handling the soil, so you can focus on the dialogue with the soil. Another person said to me, “Your kiln has a will. Fire has a will. You are loved by the kiln”. This made me very happy and I wanted to converse with the kiln. These works are part of my dialogue with the earth and with the kiln.

 

Shigeo Tanaka

 

 

We are pleased to present  the 3rd exhibition; Shigeo Tanaka “Form of Love” at Center for COSMIC WONDER.

Tanaka lives an old house of 280 years old in Asuka village, Nara Prefecture, his works making from a Hole type kiln “Rikei gama” and “Touen-shiki Takigama.

We will present a work that reveals the truth and beauty, born in an intimate dialogue with soil and kiln, connects the past and the present.

 

Exhibition period:

November 9 – November 17 , 2019

 

The artist will be attending on November 9

 

Opening Talk:

“Form of Love”

Shigeo Tanaka, Primi-Chibu, AAWAA

Date: Saturday, November 9 / 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Fee: Donation

Number of seats: 30

*All the seats are booked.

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

 

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: November 8

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Miyakono Yasuda
ancient sound

Oct 04, 2019 | EVENT 

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The natural world plays a natural music of overtones that settles our breathing and steadies our nerves.

On this spherical, spinning Earth, silent vibrations constantly stir our blood and bones and revitalize our cells.

I thought that something similar was happening in earthenware pots.

Something was being transmitted by earthenware for years and years.

I tried to measure their frequencies.

Large open-mouthed pots have a low frequency, while narrow-mouthed vases have a higher frequency due to their faster resonance. 

It depends as well on the thickness, form, and quality of the clay.

The same is true for a tuning fork. 

A low frequency produces a dull reverberation and a high frequency rings with a clear sound.

I think it’s the difference between use value and taste.

Leave water in an earthenware pot overnight and its resonance will send ripples through the water.

If I play a small harp above an earthenware pot, it becomes an amplifier.

If I bury a clay pot in the soil it will absorb the sound from above the ground, which is why it has found a modern use as soundproofing. 

I choose stone as a conduit to receive the frequencies emanating from the soil.

When I shape an earthenware pot on a stone, I can hear the same sound that the ancients heard.

I think this is a good way to feel their rich and sublime spirituality.

 

Miyakono Yasuda

 

 

We are pleased to present the fiest solo exhibition; Miyakono Yasuda “ancient sound”.

Miyakono Yasuda mixed the cray and soil around the Jomon ruins with plants from unique perspective.

 

The soil is formed by hand-twisting, and the work is fired by noyaki process.

Yasuda is trying to make the sound of ancient people appear through her works.

It feels as an act of connecting sprit and thought in harmony with nature (God) to the present.

 

Exhibition period:

October 13 – October 20, 2019

*The artist will be attending on October 13

*Closed: October 11 – 12

*Temporary changed open time / 1pm  – 7pm , October 13.

 

Opening Ceremony: 

Saturday, October 13 / 4pm

 

Miyakono Yasuda

Born in 1972.

Started  activities based on plants, minerals, and soil from 2012.

Create works by connecting ancient pottery formation, studies fired by Noyaki (open firing) with unique senses.

Yasuda has been involved in the activities and art production of Cosmic Wonder since its establishment.

 

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COSMIC WONDER
Harmonic Meditation

Sep 06, 2019 | EVENT 

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The season when the water jug echoes the heavens  
Beautiful dimensions ascend from the earth 
Like myself and my true self 
The sky and soil touch with light
Smiling angels and spirits rejoicing
Flickering all around like radiant stars
To bring all of life into harmony
Warmth rises up
Remembrances emerge from the past 
New things made visible by the cosmos
According to the play of light
Take pleasure in the sight of art and clothing

 

We are pleased to present the exhibition; COSMIC WONDER “Harmonic Meditation”.
The exhibition will feature new clothes of collection, include arts and crafts, available for purchase,
produced under the theme”Harmonic Meditation”, by artists curated by Yukinori Maeda, Cosmic Wonder.

Garments by 
COSMIC WONDER

Arts and crafts by
Hiroki Tashiro (Sculpture)
Yasuhide Ono (Accessory)
Miyakono Yasuda (Earthware)
Masaru Kawai (Woodwork)
Kaoru Yokoo (Repair clothes)
CATHERINE EMIW (Old instruments)
rinn to hitsuji (Candle)

We will be given to the purchaser Harmonic Meditation’s bag made from Indian hand-woven cotton Khadi.

(It will end as soon as it is gone.)

 

Exhibition period:
September 14 – October 10, 2019

 

Openning tea:
Saturday, September 14 / 3pm – 5pm

 

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COSMIC WONDER
Harmonic Meditation

Aug 07, 2019 | NEWS 

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Ancient mythology cotton robe

 

19 F/W collection “Harmonic Meditation” will be available at Center for COSMIC WONDER.

 

The god of ancient myth wears, Look like beautiful universe fork wear. Collection’s beautiful colors are Ancient white, Black, Ashen moon, Straw, Sumikuro, Lac and Gardenia blue herbal dyed Violet flame, Lac herbal dyed Rose aura and Ruby lotus.

 

New collection will be available at Center for COSMIC WONDER from August 17, Online Store from August 20.

 

From Cosmic Wonder’s origin collection, Made from organic cotton Special limited color’s Wrapped dress, Haori and Tattsuke for the field work and pick up wild flower, Circular Koromo, Wrapped pants and Denim gathered pants with linen’s navy tie.

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Masaru Kawai
by trees

Jul 16, 2019 | EVENT 

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Furniture, flooring, dishes, or pencils that we usually see.

The trees used for them were originally grown in the mountains. Someone cut it, someone sawed it, and someone made it.

But do you fell there? What kind of mountain did you live on?

The Japanese view of nature changed dramatically after the 1964 Olympics. A line was drawn between people and nature.

And again, the Olympics are coming. I am scared.

I want to be by nature a little more if I can do it.

 

Masaru Kawai

 

 

We are pleased to present the 3rd solo exhibition; Masaru Kawai “by trees”.

We live in the natural and live in symbiosis, in recent years we have done all things with the concept separated from nature.

And We feel the limit to that, and many movements to restore each view of nature take place among the artists active in the same period.

Kawai puts the concept of mountains, trees, and nature into a strong concept, and produces beautiful works that include mythical features such as offerings to the natural world.

In this exhibition, Kawai will present works that evoke the awakening of nature and universal beauty that all of us possess.

And also the works of the Japanese coniferous forest project SOMA.

 

On the opening day, We will have a breakfast party “The beauty of nature  / Memories of life” with Kawai, Dr.Toshiro Inaba, and Shiori Goto.

We talked about the source of the beauty after eating Shiori goto’s breakfast.

 

Exhibition period:

August 3 – August 11, 2019

*The artist will be attending on August 3

 

Opening Event:

Breakfast party “The beauty of nature  / Memories of life”

Masaru Kawai, Toshiro Inaba, Shiori Goto

Date:

Saturday, August 3 / 9:00am – 11:00am

Reservation required / Number of seats: 15

4,500 JPY (All the seats are booked.)

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: July 23 – August 2

 

Masaru Kawai

Born in 1979, Gifu Prefecture farmers

2007~ Start as woodworker

2016 Start from “SOMA” product treating a Japanese conifer

Planning a workshop and fieldwork of connect forest and person.

http://kawai-masaru.com

 

Toshiro Inaba

Doctor, Assistant Professor of Cardiology, The University of Tokyo Hospital. Doctor of Medicine.

Born in 1979, Kumamoto prefecture

Representative books “Awaken of anima” Published by anonima studio.

https://www.toshiroinaba.com

 

Shiori Goto

After Bhutan restaurant and Vegetable restaurant, became independent in 2012.

Based in Setagaya, Tokyo, as catered food and catering chef.

http://gotoshiori.com

 

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COSMIC WONDER
Harmonic Meditation
Arts and Crafts

Jul 16, 2019 | COSMIC WONDER COLLECTION 

Harmonic Meditation Arts and Crafts

 

The season when the water jug echoes the heavens

Beautiful dimensions ascend from the earth

Like myself and my true self

The sky and soil touch with light

Smiling angels and spirits rejoicing

Flickering all around like radiant stars

To bring all of life into harmony

Warmth rises up

Remembrances emerge from the past

New things made visible by the cosmos

According to the play of light

Take pleasure in the sight of art and clothing

 

Arts and Crafts

 

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Curator

COSMIC WONDER / Yukinori Maeda

 

Artists

Hiroki Tashiro

Yasuhide Ono

Miyakono Yasuda

Masaru Kawai

Kaoru Yokoo

CATHERINA EMIW

COSMIC WONDER

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COSMIC WONDER
Harmonic Meditation
Garments

Jul 11, 2019 | COSMIC WONDER COLLECTION 

 

The season when the water jug echoes the heavens  
Beautiful dimensions ascend from the earth 
Like myself and my true self 
The sky and soil touch with light
Smiling angels and spirits rejoicing
Flickering all around like radiant stars
To bring all of life into harmony
Warmth rises up
Remembrances emerge from the past 
New things made visible by the cosmos
According to the play of light
Take pleasure in the sight of art and clothing

 

LOOKBOOK

 

Art Direction: COSMIC WONDER
Photography: Ai Nakagawa
Hair and Makeup: Akiko Gamou
Model: Aiko Koike, Masaho Anotani, Minami Ooba

 

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Takashi Ichikawa
Playing Wara with Chaguruma, Tea tools and Plants

May 30, 2019 | EVENT 

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Tea is a tree.

The tea planting of 1000 years of age, the origin of tea production in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan , was a tea plant that looked up.

The tea planting of Sichuan tea leaves in Chaozhou was a tea plantation.

Both the small round tea of Taiwan tea and the thin long tea of Chinese tea return to the shape of leaves at the time of tea.

The tea was a leaf.

 

When tasting tea, the aroma, taste, bitterness, astringency, and afterglow spread in the mouth.

The more you know about things related to tea serving manner, manners, tools, wabi, sabi, yin and yang, and tea, pretty deep.

 

Tea is a very interesting field with many elements to explore.

I want you to enjoy such tea lightly and to feel the taste of tea. How are you going? I have a good tea.

I served tea by “Chaguruma” which creates a place for tea outdoors regardless of the location.

I made “Chaguruma No.9”at last year. Also “Chaguruma No.10” at this year…

 

When I reconsider the tea as “Happening of Water, Leaf, Yang (fire) and Human”, I feel the margin of imagination. It seems like something can be done.

Is there anything to replace “Leaf”of “Happening of Water, Leaf, Yang (fire)and Human”with flowers, seeds, steams and roots?

What would happen if it were other plants than tea leaves? Feel various, try and return to tea, maybe…

 

In this exhibition, I’m pleased to present the pottery for roasting, toasting, baking, crushing, steaming, kneading etc…with a focus on Chaguruma and tea tools.

 

Takashi Ichikawa

 

 

We are pleased to present “Playing Wara with Chaguruma, tea tools and plants”, by Takashi Ichikawa, sell the new Chaguruma and tea tools.

On the first and second day of the exhibition, We will hold a tea ceremony “Happening of Water, Leaf, Yang(fire)and Human” by Ichikawa, Cooking artist of Nao Uekusa and Sound artist of MAMIUMU.

*Chaguruma: Mobile storing table for exclusive use of the tea.

 

 

Exhibition period:

June 29 – July 7, 2019

*The artist will be attending on June 29 and 30.

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

5-18-10 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: June 19, June 28

 

Opening Event: 

A tea ceremony “Happening of Water, Leaf, Yang (Fire) and Human” 

 

Date:

Saturday, June 29 / 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm

Sunday, June 30 / 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4pm

 

Number of seats: 6 in each time / Reached the fixed number.

4,500 JPY (All the seats are booked.)

 

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Farmoon
COSMIC WONDER Khadi work Haori
“An Empty Vessel” Film Screening Party

May 22, 2019 | EVENT 

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Khadi cotton “Farmoon” work haori

 

We are pleased to present work haori for “Farmoon” founder and owner-Chef Masayo Funakoshi, from the early summer collection of COSMIC WONDER”Celestial Aura”.

We will hold a film screening ”An Empty Vessel” which explores the memories of the land on the stage of Nara, with the present of work haori made of Indian hand-woven cotton Khadi and serves meals inspired “Celestial Aura” by Masayo Funakoshi.

 

This event will be held as a related event of the Pop up store.

 

 

Date:

Saturday, June 1, 2019

7pm − 9pm

 

Place:

Farmoon

9 Higashi-kubota cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyou-ku, Kyoto

 

Number of seats:

30 / Reached the fixed number

6,000JPY

 

Please feel free to contact “STARDUST”.

*We stopped accepting applications for this event.

 

Curated by:

COSMIC WONDER

STARDUST

Farmoon

 

POP UP STORE:

COSMIC WONDER at STARDUST

June 1 – 9, 2019

 

Opening Talk:

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Cosmic Wonder Yukinori Maeda and STARDUST Kana Shimizu / Guest: Farmoon Masayo Funakoshi.

 

 

An Empty Vessel (Japanese title: Kara no Utsuwa)

Year 2016. Chef Masayo Funakoshi goes to Nara, Japan. She is now in front of the camera sharing stories taking place from Japan’s ancient land.  With an anthropological and artistic approach to discovering Nara, follow her as she explores the roots and culture of the land’s faith and food.  Watch her as she creates links as she collects and explores “materials” from her quest,  going beyond the boundaries of presenting just a meal. A collaborative feature-length documentary featuring Hiroo Ninomiya as Director, Cinematography from Masato Indo and original music score from Takeo Toyama. Pre-released in Paris in 2018, this will be the second screening in Japan following a successful showing at Wanderers Studio. (Japanese/English subtitles/ Running time: 79 minutes / Production: FOOD CARAVAN)

 

Masayo Funakoshi

Farmoon Owner-Chef 

Upon majoring in Sculpture at Pratt Institute, feeling inspired with the expression of cooking, Masayo attends culinary school in New York City. Funakoshi continues to learn how to cook at one of New York City’s most esteemed kitchens, Blue Hill, and travels on to Europe and regions of Asia to explore food culture and cooking. Her travels take her across the Pacific Ocean as chef for an Australian cruise ship, as well as chef for a long-established hotel in Bali. Masayo returns to Japan as director and head chef to open kiln, a restaurant located in central Kyoto. In May 2018, Masayo opened her own atelier, tea salon, private restaurant, Farmoon.



She is also active in global and local projects relating to topics such as food anthropology, art and design.

 

MASAYO FUNAKOSHI / Instagram

Farmoon / Instagram

 

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COSMIC WODENR
“Ryugu” Masonry Traditional Repair Work Course

May 08, 2019 | EVENT 

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We are pleased to present “Masonry Traditional Repair Work Course” with Jun Nishikawa of landscape coordinator and Kazuo Akao of repairing a masonry at Miyama, Kyoto.

We will rebuild the collapsed masonry and work on improvement around the masonry so that the masonry will not collapse in the future.

 

A year ago, when Nishikawa visited Yukinori Maeda’s atelier Ryugu”, I consulted Nishikawa about the fact that the masonry was broken.

“I want to repair the broken masonry, I do not want to use concrete to solidify the masonry if possible…because the finish is natural and beautiful..it is environmentally friendly”.

“Old people did not use concrete… I want to restore it in the old way”. We repeated discussion with Akao about how to repair and how to maintain it.

As well as rebuilding the masonry, we will do repair work including the cause of the breakage, and we will disclose the basics of how to pile the stone and work to the local people and those who are in trouble. 

 

 

Schedule:

May 15 − May 21, 2019 / 9am − around 5pm

 

15th (Wed.): Preparation of work, Square stone partial dismantling removal

16th (Thu.): Square stone partial reloading

17th (Fri.): Building improvement work

18th (Sat.): Masonry restoration work

19th (Sun.): Masonry restoration work

20th (Mon.): Improvement work on surrounding area of masonry

21st (Tue.): Adjustment date, Clean up

 

Place:

Kayabuki-no-sato, Miyama, Kyoto (National preservation district of historic buildings)

 

Fee:

2,000 JPY ( Fee is uniform regardless of the number days)

 

Lunch:

500 JPY (Indian Curry and Original dishes etc by Cooking department of Kousagisya farm)

 

Recruitment number:

5~8 (each day)

 

Apply in e-mail. Send your name, telephone number, address to the following address.

*We stopped accepting applications for this event.

 

 

Kazuharu Wakao

Director of Art Land Limited.

He is good at landscaping civil engineering work using natural stone and natural materials in consideration of the environment.

Manufacturing Meister, Director of regeneration of the earth in Kanto-Koshinetsu region.

 

Jun Nishikawa

Landscape department of Kousagisya.

Working in environment-friendly agriculture in Chino-sho, Mie prefecture.

He had been coordinating environment harmonic gardening.

 

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Form of Love

Oct 28, 2019 | COSMIC WONDER Free Press 
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  Shigeo Tanaka restored a 280-year-old house in the village of Kayamori, which lies in a valley among the mountains of Asuka, a part of Japan with ancient Baekje settlements. In the courtyard, he built a hanok-like workshop with a thick and rounded roof of straw. The workshop looks as old as the house. To be able to live and work in such an environment must be very special. There is a great waterfall deep in the mountain well away from the mountain’s paths. The waterfall runs so deep and clear that the overlapping currents have the color of jade. It is said that this is the gateway to Ry…[Read more]

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