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First arrival
COSMIC WONDER
Spiritual Discourse

Aug 08, 2020 | NEWS 

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We are pleased to present first collection of the fall / winter collection “Spiritual Discourse”.

Center for COSMIC WONDER will be available from August 22, Online Store from August 25.

 

A beautiful silk cotton collection, Comfortable organic cotton’s everyday clothes from the first collection for bright days.

 

LOOKBOOK

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 12am – 7pm

*Temporary closed: August 8 – 21

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Takayuki Watanabe
Environment

Aug 01, 2020 | EVENT 

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This is that

Same but different

That is that

Flying around

That is this

Floating softly

Around and round

 

 

We are pleased to present an exhibition of Takayuki Watanabe’s “Environment”. Watanabe’s work is composed of shaped objects excavated from approximately one hundred locations in the Izu Peninsula. The forms that appear come from an act of staring into the essence of the overlapping rings of soil.

 

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Environmental cycle

 

 

Exhibition period:

August 22 − August 30, 2020

*The artist will be present on August 22.

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 12pm − 6pm

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COSMIC WONDER
Spiritual Discourse

Jul 21, 2020 | COSMIC WONDER COLLECTION 

Spritural Discourse

 

In the mirror of the universe reflections of

day and moon, light and dark, morning and night

illuminate the space between this world and that

In the overlap of all wave lengths

is the flowering of form

The manifestation of art is dazzling

From me, from my lofty discourse

to the eternal forever

that ever rising light

 

LOOKBOOK

 

Art Direction: COSMIC WONDER

Photography: Ai Nakagawa

Hair and Makeup: Akiko Gamou

Model: Aiko Koike, Kanae Matsushita, Masaho Anotani, Yotaro Kachi

Cover Artwork: Yukinori Maeda

 

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Indigo is the Color of the Universe

Jun 20, 2020 | EVENT 

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The North Atelier’s indigo dye vat 

 

Our ancestors sought to borrow the color blue from the world of plants.

They wrapped themselves in blue as the Earth itself is wrapped in blue.

Indigo is the fabric of the universe.

 

Indigo dyeing has a long history. In Egypt, indigo-dyed linens were produced as early as 2000 BC. The process is believed to have been brought to Japan by an envoy to China in the time the Tang Dynasty. Japanese indigo plants include the Tade indigo (Polygonaceae), Ryukyu indigo (Acanthaceous), and the Ai-kazura (Coleoptera). Elsewhere there is the Indian indigo (Fabaceae), the wisteria indigo (Fabaceae) in West Africa, and the ward (Brassicaceae) in Europe. Indigo protects cloth, paper and skin. Its bulbs and leaves can be used as medicine. The cultivation and practice of indigo dyeing connects us to the mysteries of nature and to the wisdom and work of all the generations that have come before us. From the sacred indigo leaf the very colors of the heavens come pouring out.

 

We are pleased to present the exhibition “Indigo is the Color of the Universe” at the Center for COSMIC WONDER and gallery Hakuden. We will announce indigo dyeing events with Shindo Makito (North Atelier / The Little Indigo Museum), Takayuki Ishii (Awono-you), Hitoshi Kitamura / Miyuki Onishi (Konya Jin), and Keiichi Yoshikawa (Kyoto Hozu Indigo Atelier). We will also present indigo-dyed works by Yukinori Maeda and Sumiko Ishii of Kogei Punks Sha.

 

 

Makito Shindo (North Atelier / THE LITTLE INDIGO MUSEUM)

Since 2015, he has occupied the North Atelier of founding indigo dye artist Hiroyuki Shindo, where he works with liquid-ash fermentation, a method developed in ancient times. He aspires to make pieces that distill the beauty and mysterious charm of indigo for people to enjoy today. Hiroyuki Shindo established the Matsugasaki Atelier in Kyoto in April 1972. He founded the North Atelier, in Miyama, in April 1981, where he later opened the Little Indigo Museum in April 2005.

 

Takayuki Ishii (Awono-you)

Indigo-dyeing began with an interest in sustainable design. Learned dying from Noriyuki Murata, liquid-ash fermentation from Fumiko Sato, Nagaita-chougata (stencil dyeing) from Matsubara Yoshichi, Ise-style carving (dyed-pattern paper) from Akio Takai, and crafts from Brian Whitehead. He built an atelier with his wife in the mountainous area of Kanagawa prefecture. Indigo cultivation, making *sukumo, liquid-ash fermentation and dyeing techniques such as stencil dyeing, squeezing, drawing, and wax dyeing. No chemicals are used throughout the process of indigo cultivation and dyeing.

 

Hitoshi Kitamura and Miyuki Onishi (Konya Jin)

Soil composition, cultivation of indigo grass, making *sukumo, and indigo dyeing. It is a wonder how the indigo color is born out of the flow of time and natural processes. It is the joy of witnessing this wondrous transformation that is at the root of our activities. *Sukumo made in Tokushima prefecture. Liquid-ash fermentation and traditional Japanese indigo dyeing learned in Tochigi prefecture.

 

Keiichi Yoshikawa (Kyoto Hozu Indigo Atelier)

He has been involved in indigo dyeing for more than 30 years. He revived the phantom Kyoto indigo and then moved to Kameoka city. He rented a tenement house on the banks of the Hozu River to establish the “Hozu Indigo Research Institute” and restore Kyoto Indigo. Indigo cultivation, making *sukumo, liquid-ash fermentation and dyeing. He also dyes Ryukyu indigo by powdered indigo (Doroai).

 

*Sukumo indigo is a slowly fermented dye.

 

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER

Exhibition period:

July 4 − July 12, 2020

Open 12pm – 6pm

Temporary Closed: July 3

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

 

gallery Hakuden

Exhibition period:

July 18 − July 26, 2020

Open 11am − 6pm

7 Moriyamada, Kyotamba-cho, Funaigun, Kyoto

T. +81 (0)771 82 1782

 

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Ryukyu indigo dyed blook printing khadi by Kyoto Hozu Indigo Atelier

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Japanese handcrafted Baskets
Part Ⅴ

Jun 05, 2020 | EVENT 

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“Saigou Winnow” Composed of Kinchiku, Mountain cherry tree, Japanese wisteria vine, Sinomenium actum vine etc., 1070×1100, Kagoshima Prefecture

 

Japanese handicrafts made with natural raw materials are an embodiment of appreciation, awe and respect for nature. They reflect the traditional Japanese satoyama lifestyle that people and nature coexist sustainably. (In a satoyama, people typically forms a community (=sato) with farmlands, on the border of a forest (=yama). A forest is a resource for their living, being managed sustainably by sato residents.) In such satoyama living, the art of livingware handcrafting has been passed along from generation to generation, producing practical and useful objects. They provide insights into a lifestyle in harmony with nature.

 

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Baskets living across time

 

For this exhibition, Naoyoshi Maeda (Cosmic Wonder, Light & Will) sourced handcrafted baskets by visiting local craftspeople in various places from Akita to Okinawa.

Each of their work is unique and representative of the regions where they are crafted. Their rustic beauty attracts us.

Center for COSMIC WONDER Online Store also will be sold handcrafted baskets exhibited at the exhibition.

We has been cancelled Mr Shinichi Nakagawara’s demonstration of traditional Akebi vine basketwork at the opening of the exhibition.

 

 

Exhibition period:

June 20 − July 2, 2020

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

*Temporary Closed: June 18 − 19

 

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“Bara” Composed of Kinchiku, Mountain cherry tree, Sinomenium actum vine etc., ⌀ 1000, Kagoshima Prefecture

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From Beautiful Khadi Village
COSMIC WONDER
TENJIKU DIALY

Jun 03, 2020 | EVENT 

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We are pleased to present exhibition “TENJIKU DIARY” at the Center for COSMIC WONDER. Yukinori Maeda traveled to Kolkata, India, the days in the village of Khadi became the Spring Summer collection “TENJIKU LIGHT”. It is a collection that imagines a beautiful living space. The essence of this collection, Khadi is hand-spun and hand-woven cotton fabric that was once woven in most rural area of India. In recent years, there is movement to connect this beautiful cloth to future generations as a special craft of India. Khadi is very comfortable to wear and airy for the hot summer. And Khadi is printed on traditional woodblock printing.

 

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Beautiful Khadi Village

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER will be available from June 20, Online Store from June 30. At the same time, this exhibition will be held  from June 20th at STARDUST in Kyoto. We will sell Khadi’s Bath towel, Hand towel and Eco friendly bag as a limited items.

 

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We will be pleased to present exhibition “Japanese handcrafted Baskets Part Ⅴ” too.

Beautiful clothes and crafts will become the brilliance of life, and create a space of light.

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

 

STARDUST

41 Shimodakedono-cho, Shichiku Kita-ku, Kyoto

T. +81 (0)75 286 7296

 

[ Stockist of Khadi items ]

JAPAN / Tokyo, Kanto

NANOHANA KURASHINODOUGUTEN (Odawara)

N ID (Shibuya)

LAMP HARAJUKU (Harajuku)

OUTBOUND (Kichijoji / Yoyogiuehara)

ST COMPANY (Kiryu / Takasaki)

URBAN RESEARCH DOORS (Shinmisato / Toyosu)

 

JAPAN / Chubu, Hokuriku

CABINET ATELIER (Nagoya)

FABER LABORATORIO (Matsumoto)

MM BOOKS MINO (Mino)

RAFIE (Niigata)

SOLA (Shizuoka)

 

JAPAN / Kinki

ANGERS (Kyoto)

ARCHIPELAGO (Sasayama)

HEMMING SHOP (Osaka)

STARDUST (Kyoto)

URBAN RESEARCH DOORS (Osaka)

 

JAPAN / Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu

CITE’ (Hiroshima)

HIMOROGI (Kitakyushu)

M-2 (Kochi)

UTUSIKI (Fukuoka)

88 (Marugame / Niihama)

 

ASIA

SUZUKI SHOP (Beijin)

WASHIDA (Taiwan)

 

NORTH AMERICA

OROBORO (New York)

MAMEG (Los Angeles)

 

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“Khadi is not a cloth. It is thought” Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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Photography and Fashion Since the 1990s
TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC ART MUSEUM

Jun 02, 2020 | EVENT 

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Yukinori Maeda “Hirakiiwa” 2018,Gelatin silver print

 

The exhibition “Photography and Fashion Since the 1990s” will join Yukinori Maeda at The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum.

He will present new works’s  collaboration with Elein Fleiss. The outline of the exhibition is as follows. (Expect from The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum)

 

 

The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is delighted to present Photography and Fashion Since the 1990s, an exhibition exploring the relationship between photography and fashion from the 1990s onward.  As the world of fashion has evolved, photography has played a pivotal part in conveying the appeal of garments by fashion designers. At times, images created by photography have appealed more than the garments themselves, and such iconic imagery has symbolized the age. The 1990s saw the emergence of photographers who went beyond the conventional framework for communicating the appeal of fashion items to create images that appeal to people. Moreover, fashion magazines appeared that took an independent stance in transmitting information. Images created from new points of view influenced people’s thinking and lifestyles. Those images have been referred to repeatedly by subsequent generations. Since the first decade of the twenty-first century, the relationship between photography and fashion has undergone even more changes. In the past, news about the latest fashion shows and exhibitions was transmitted through a limited group of intermediaries: newspaper and magazine editors and writers, for example. In recent years, however, that information has reached the hands of the general public, without a time lag, via SNS platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. Moreover, the people on the receiving end of this information are not merely taking it in: they send out their own information, in many forms, of which the tagged selfie is a classic example. For this exhibition, we have welcomed as its supervisor Nakako Hayashi, who has observed the worlds of fashion and the arts as a long-term editor of the culture magazine Hanatsubaki. Through works by artists in Japan and abroad, the exhibition attempts to explore the relationship between photography and fashion. It displays, in addition to photographs, rare fashion magazines that became major turning points in their time and is accompanied by related events, for an engaging look at photography and fashion from many angles.

 

 

Date:

June 2 − July 19, 2020

 

Place:

TOKYO PHOTOGRAPHIC ART MUESEUM

2F, Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita Meguro-ku Tokyo

Open 10pm − 6am

*Closed: Every Monday

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Kaoru Yokoo
The Awakening Universe

May 25, 2020 | NEWS 

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

From the Cosmic Wonder 2020 Spring / Summer collection “TENJIKU LIGHT”, Yokoo will present the world of repairs with beautiful and harmonious humor.

 

Cosmic Wonder’s clothing which has dyed natural materials occasionally some things that can not be sold 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 first will be available from May 19 at Center for COSMIC WONDER Online Store.

The secound will be available from June 6 at Center for COSMIC WONDER and Center for COSMIC WONDER Online Store.

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

 

Kaoru Yokoo

1979 Born in Tokyo.

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

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

 

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New arrival
COSMIC WONDER
TENJIKU LIGHT
Leather collection

May 12, 2020 | NEWS 

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Have a lot of fresh green, feel the beautiful wind and light.

 

We are pleased to present new arrival of Leather collection from “TENJIKU LIGHT” at Center for COSMIC WONDER Online Store.

Natural tanned leather and European ecology standard leather collection; folk shoes, Shoulder bag, Drawstring bag, Ribbon drawstring bag, Wallet, Bifold wallet, Circle coin case, Card case

 

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New arrival
COSMIC WONDER
TENJIKU LIGHT
Organic Cotton Collection

Mar 25, 2020 | NEWS 

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We are pleased to present new arrival of the spring / summer collection “TENJIKU LIGHT”.

Center for COSMIC WONDER will be available from March 28, Online Store from March 31.

 

Excellent touched Organic cotton’s collection; Beautiful colored Farmoon robe dress, Monastery dress, Wrapped dress, etc.

Please enjoy the new arrival’s collection.

 

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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Takashi Ichikawa
“Chaguruma and Pottery” 
Enjoy water, fire, and plants from the foot of Mount Ibuki

Mar 16, 2020 | EVENT 

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Notice of Exhibitions Postponement

We will postpone Takashi Ichikawa’s exhibition.

Please allow us to contact you again later on our home page.

 

 

It was an encounter with a great tea tree up in the mountains of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan, China, that made me appreciate how tea represented the union of plants, fire (yang) and water. The world of tea, which had once seemed rather lofty to me, now felt open and free. The medicinal qualities of some teas are well known. But there are hundreds of types and hundreds of different tastes. I wanted to find a way to share with others my experiences, which is what led me to develop the Chaguruma. I wanted to look deeper into the subject of wild grasses and medicinal herbs so I visited Sawamura-san of yasousora. Sawamura-san’s home is in Fukuoka. She invited me into a kind of open-air room built on the rooftop, a perfect setting where tea and conversation could flow freely. The tea we drank was from the old tree tea in Xishuangbanna. From the rooftop we could gaze into the lovely garden below. When one considers tea as a plant, the shapes and qualities of the pottery and utensils used to serve it also become more distinct. This time, I would like to share with people some of the plants found at the foot of Mount Ibuki, in Shiga prefecture.

 

Takashi Ichikawa

 

 

We are pleased to present Takashi Ichikawa’s exhibition, “Chaguruma and Pottery”, at the Center for COSMIC WONDER. For this exhibition, he will share his unique perspective on tea, on wild grasses and medicinal herbs, and how they can bring our lives into harmony with nature. In addition to tea-making and serving tools, he will also present newly-fabricated distillers and lamps.

 

 

Exhibition period:

April 18 – April 26 , 2020

*The artist will be present on April 18 and 19.

 

Location:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

 

Opening Event: 

1. Workshop “sora’s wild grass tea”

Demonstration of how to make “wild grass tea”.

The role of wild grass, collecting and drying, roasting, combining, etc.

The experience of rebuilding the body with wild grass. We will learn about the power of wild grass. 

You can enjoy sweets by yoin and wild grass tea with Ichikawa’s tea utensils.

Saturday, April 18 / 11am − 1pm

Sunday, April 19 / 11am − 1pm

Fee: 7,700 JPY (with wild grass tea and sweets)

Reservation required / Number of seats: 8 

 

2. Tea Ceremony “sora”

“Medicine” to enjoy on the grass written by Chinese characters.

Medicinal herbs from Mount Ibuki, Wild grass tea collected and blended in sora’s field.

You can enjoy sweets by yoin and wild grass tea with Ichikawa’s tea utensils.

Saturday, April 18 / 5:30pm − 6:30pm

Sunday, April 19 / 2:30am − 3:30pm

Sunday, April 19 / 5pm − 6pm

Fee: 5,500 JPY (with wild grass tea and sweets)

Reservation required / Number of seats: 8 

 

3. Flower arrangement party “Tsumugi”

A party to enjoy flower arrangement.

We will arrange plants collected from Mount Ibuki and tsumugi’s fields in Ichikawa’s various flower vases. 

Let’s reflect on the relationship between plants and pottery.

Saturday, April 18 / 2:30pm − 4:30pm

Fee: 8.800 JPY (with wild grass tea and sweets)

Reservation required / Number of seats: 5

 

 

yasousora / Gendou Sawamura  Hina Sawamura

Wild grasses connect us to ancient times, and to the universe itself.

Daily life is teaching about and learning from the wild grasses that surround us.

Based in Fukuoka Prefecture

We hope to educate others about the benefits of wildflowers and wild grasses. 

https://www.instagram.com/yasousora/

 

tsumugi / Hina Sawamura

Naturally grown grass, trees and flowers and seasonal plant work.

She has a shop in Gokusho-cho, Teramachi, Hakata Region, specializing in picked plants and flowers.

 

https://www.instagram.com/tsumugigarden/

 

Confectionery production / yoin

https://www.instagram.com/yoin88888/

 

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Environmental cycle

Aug 01, 2020 | COSMIC WONDER Free Press 
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  From the perspective of energy, the act of burning soil means the death of the soil and the birth of a new substance. it suggests a dimension of energetic circulation beyond the visible, organic, or environmental. Phenomena that seem to run along a straight axis, like good and bad, liking and disliking, life and death, are actually circular events. It is where it is and I realize that I am part of it. A sphere has a stable shape, with no front and back, and can be made without tools. The focus is not about whether it is a bowl or a vase. You can see at a glance the differences among the…[Read more]

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