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Sumi and Yambaru-ai

Mar 27, 2021 | EVENT 

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The mysterious earthen colors are created with the soot of burned pine trees mixed with water.

The colors produced by kala-ai* indigo-dyeing reflect the indigo of the Ryukyu mountains, where the sea converges with the twilight sky.

In days of old, every household in Ryukyu would dye their everyday clothes and fabrics with kala-ai and to-ai* dyes right on on the earthen floor.

They would first dye the cloth with sumi or safflower and then layer it with indigo.

 

We will present a garment made of sumi and Yambaru-ai*, which resonates with a shining spiritual presence. COSMIC WONDER “Days of light” garments made of hemp, silk, and organically-grown cotton are dyed many times over with pine smoke and Yanbaru indigo (Ryukyu indigo). They are made by Mr. Keiichi Yoshikawa, who has been dyeing indigo for more than forty years in Kameoka, Kyoto, alongside the crystal clear Hozu River. Please touch the garment saturated with beautiful sumi and Yambaru indigo, a color that has mesmerized people since ancient times.

 

*Types of Ryukyu Indigo

 

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER

Exhibition period:

April  3 − April  11, 2021

Open 12pm – 6pm

Temporary Closed: April 2

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

 

STARDUST

Exhibition period:

April 17 − April 25, 2021

Open 11am − 6pm

41 Shimodakedono-cho, Shichiku Kita-ku, Kyoto

T. +81 (0075 286 7296

 

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COSMIC WONDER with Kogei Punks Sha 
NONO a native spirit of Kami and Cloth

Mar 20, 2021 | EVENT 

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We were pleasure to hold the Special Exhibition COSMIC WONDER with Kogei Punks Sha “NONO a native spirit of Kami and Cloth” at Iwami Art Museum.

 

This exhibition has been realized with the hope of finding future connections between man and nature. We examine the practices of people who live in harmony with their environment, their views on nature and spirituality, as well as the resurgence of interest in natural fabrics in various parts of Japan. We proudly invite “Cosmic Wonder with Kogei Punks Sha”, who continue to explore different materials and handmade washi paper, which has ancient roots in Japanese culture, to present natural fabrics chosen from their unique perspective, spinning devices such as the spinning wheel and loom, and potsherds of Jomon-era earthernware, which retain marks of fabric textures, alongside performances using handmade Japanese washi and new video and photography work. In the past, people spun fibers from plants taken from their immediate surroundings, making fabrics, and then constructing clothing and tools to sustain their lives.These natural fabrics can be made from fuji (wisteria), kuzu (arrowroot), kozo (paper mulberry), hemp, ramie, shinanoki (Japanese linden), basho (Japanese banana plant), and ohyo (Manchurian elm), to name a few. They deeply reflect the culture unique to each area and the practices that have nurtured them. Making natural fabrics by hand starts with producing the fiber, which requires much perseverance. One cannot imagine how much work it would take if it were done today. Such precious fabrics have been highly regarded and cherished in their home regions. In Shimane, where there is a tradition of fuji-ori weaving, the worn boro fabric was battered back to pulp. When it is used to the end, nothing goes to waste.

 

Today, we have come to a stage where we need to reevaluate the relationship we have between nature and man. In exchange for our convenient lifestyles, we have contaminated the planet and altered our environment perhaps to the point of no return. On the other hand, the way our lives pass along, with the energy provided by this earth, will not change no matter what period we live in. What do they show us now, these fabrics that exist from the times we were nurtured by the nature around us and cherished what we had? In present times, where there is an abundance of information, the future options we can choose from may be reflected in the very presence of these natural fabrics and handmade papers.

 

 

Exhibition period: March 20 – May 16, 2021

Venue: Iwami Art Museum

Opening Hours: 9:30-18:00 *Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Closed: Tuesdays *Open on May 4 (Tue.)

 

 

Related Program

Special Talk “Reading NONO

 

We will invite Shinichiro Yoshida, the contemporary artist and director of the Research Center for Early-modern Hemp, who collects and researches natural textiles with a focus on hemp cloth, and Yasushi Inomoto, who has moved to Kamiseya in Miyazu, Kyoto, 

the hometown of fuji cloth, in order to preserve its tradition, to hear about their work and research.

 

Photo:

(top) “Winter landscape of Oidani” 1971 / Photography: Shozo Sumita

Oidani Valley in Kaneshiro, a mountainous area in Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture, where paper was made in winter and paper cloth was made.

(bottom) “The bedspread of KamikobuFuji, private collection, early Showa period / Photography: Ai Nakagawa.

In Kamikobu, deep in the mountains of Kashima-cho in Matsue, Shimane, the local custom of fuji-ori (weaving wisteria vines) has been passed on for generations.

 

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New arrival
COSMIC WONDER
Days of light
Organic cotton broad

Mar 15, 2021 | NEWS 

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Made from organic cotton broad.

Beautiful colors are piece dyeing.

Reactive dyeing are Light lily, Earthenware, Violet ash, Black, Ancient soot, Plum.

Clothes that extend into space.

Spiritual vessels for bright days.

 

We are pleased to present the third collection “Days of light” from March 20 at Center for COSMIC WONDER.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

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New arrival
COSMIC WONDER
Days of light
Beautiful Silk Linen

Mar 03, 2021 | NEWS 

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A shining clothes look like celestial aura, made from silk cotton.

Made from beautiful lustrous and soft texture of silk linen.

Clothes that extend into space. 
Spiritual vessels for bright days.

 

We are pleased to present the second collection “Days of light” from March 6 at Center for COSMIC WONDER.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

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New arrival
COSMIC WONDER
Days of light

Jan 26, 2021 | NEWS 

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We are pleased to present first collection “Days of light”.

Center for COSMIC WONDER will be available from February 6, Online Store from February 16.

In addition to the collection, we will also be introduced bark baskets, white vessels made by Shigeo Tanaka, light paper made by Takaharu Maeda of Kamisuki-Shikoushitsu, and stoneware of metalwork made by Mayumi Utsunomiya.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

 

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COSMIC WONDER
Spiritual Discourse
Reversible Gabardine coat

Dec 08, 2020 | NEWS 

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We are pleased to present new arrival Reversible Gabardine coat of the 2020 Autumn and Winter collection “Spiritual Discourse” from Saturday, December 5.

 

A combination of water-repellent gabardine and satin. A beautiful unique coat that is in both its front and back.

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

noon − 6pm

*Closed day: December 21

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COSMIC WONDER
Spiritual Discourse
Leather Collection

Dec 07, 2020 | NEWS 

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Light leather gray colored horizontal hand bag

 

We are pleased to present new arrival Leather collection of the 2020 Autumn and Winter “Spiritual Discourse” from Saturday, December 12.

 

Beautiful horizontal bag, medium drawstring bag and small drawstring bag made from natural tanned leather and light eco-leather, Wallet with fastener, Bifold wallet, Circular coin case and Card case in combination of silver foil and gray light eco-leather with Flower of life embossing.

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

noon – 6pm

*Closed day: December 21

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Yasuhide Ono
Sacred Geometry

Nov 17, 2020 | EVENT 

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The beautiful and hidden laws of nature

Starting with the Pythagorean theorem, mathematics and physics have revealed structures like Plato’s cube, the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio

There are sacred geometric patterns that represent the source of life and the universe in all its forms

A seed is inscribed with the memory code of growth

A seed sprouts, blossoms, bears fruit, and becomes another seed in nature’s great cycle

We’ve only deciphered a fraction of the entire evolutionary record that is written in human DNA

Sacred geometry can be found even in the smallest divisions of cells

There are sacred patterns hidden in the knot

The Invisible Quantum World

I believed only in what I could see of the material world

With the development of science, we can integrate with the unseen world

The world is as beautiful now as it has ever been

The world is perceived and recognized throughout the human body, and the range of observation continues to expand

That is why I continue to seek beauty in all its forms and connect it to my work Yasuhide Ono

 

 

We are pleased to present an exhibition of Yasuhide Ono’s “Sacred Geometry”. People have been expressing the hidden nature of numbers, shapes and sounds in the form of three-dimensional figures from ancient time. By manifesting the source of the world’s phenomena in geometric patterns, we have been able to harness the energy of the source of the universe. In this exhibition, Ono will present a series of jewelry based on sacred geometry as well as Cosmic Wonder’s Flower of life’s sashiko stitch weaving and embroidery works that evoke scenes from the natural world. Ono’s beautiful trinkets and works of art emanate from the universe, expanding our view into new vibrational realms.

 

 

Exhibition period:

November 28 − December 6, 2020

*The artist will be present on November 28.

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

noon − 6pm

 

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Takashi Ichikawa
Tools for “Enjoyment”

Oct 23, 2020 | EVENT 

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Smoker that burns wood to smoke tara vine of mountain

 

I wanted for this exhibition to cultivate a spirit of “enjoyment”. I created these tools with this spirit in mind. I’m interested in playing with fire, with water, with plants. Playing is fun but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. A meal can be a feast if you take the time to prepare the ingredients. A cup of tea can be delicious if you prepare it slowly. A flower arrangement can be made by collecting the flowers at your feet. If you take the time and make the effort, more will come of it.

Why not take some time just to enjoy the time? Here is a distiller that collects the scented drops from plants. A smoker that burns wood to smoke food and drinks. A single-handed pot for roasting wildflowers and grains. A kneading bowl for mixing plant flour and water. A fireproof pot that makes a rattling sound. A lampshade that uses oil from plants for its light. These objects are burned and baked using wood. As I finish the vessels I imagine the ecru walls of the Ryugyu in Miyama, Kyoto, or the pure and bright white of the Cosmic Wonder in Tokyo.

 

Takashi Ichikawa

 

 

We are pleased to present an exhibition of Takashi Ichikawa’s Tools for “Enjoyment”. In recent years, Ichikawa’s tools, such as tea wheels and tea ceremony utensils, have become the mainstay of his work. These tools convey the essential joys of touching the elements of nature, the richness of playing with water, plants and fire.

 

 

Exhibition period:

November 7 − November 15, 2020

*The artist will be present on November 7.

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

noon − 6pm

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NONO

Mar 20, 2021 | COSMIC WONDER Free Press 
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  NONO stands as a word to worship the day/sun, moon, god and buddha. In Kamiseya, a town with a tradition for fuji-ori, in the Tango region of Kyoto, there is a legend that it was god who taught the people how to weave the fuji cloth. In Kamiseya, fuji-ori is affectionately called NONO.   Fuji(wisteria), kuzu(arrowroot), kaji(original paper mulberry), kozo(paper mulberry), hemp, ramie, shinanoki(Japanese linden), basho(Japanese banana plant), ohyo(Manchurian elm). People have spun fibers taken from these plants into fabric.   As the love and wisdom of the universe and earth are…[Read more]

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