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Job Offer at Center for COSMIC WONDER

Oct 18, 2021 | NEWS 

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We are looking for members for Center for COSMIC WONDER. This position will be responsible for selling clothing, crafts and preparing for exhibitions You must be able to work 5 days a week, weekends and holidays on a part-time. To apply, please send your resume to the address below. We will contact you for a job interview. Please note that we will not return any documents sent to us.

 

Mailing address:

5-18-10 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

Center for COSMIC WONDER

*Deadline: October 31

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COSMIC WONDER
Japanese wool and Cashmere garments

Oct 13, 2021 | EVENT 

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These Japanese wool garments are hand-spun and hand-knitted. Rare Japanese wool is shorn at a farm and washed by hand to remove dirt and oil. Hand-washing does not remove too much oil from the wool, keeping it warm. Each garment is made from the wool of one sheep, thus retaining that sheep’s unique texture. The garments are made by Kana Ushijima, who creates beautiful hand-spun wool yarns, and Tomoko Kodama, who hand-knits the unique yarns with precision. Cashmere has excellent heat retention properties. Cashmere garments are also very light and give everlasting comfort. The cashmere from Inner Mongolia, considered to be of the highest quality, is spun in Japan and knitted with a seamless ‘whole garment’ design.

We are pleased to present an exhibition of “Japanese wool and Cashmere garments”. These precious garments are a collaboration of nature and people and will grace us with everlasting love.

 

Photo top: Wool from Miwa Farm, Kyoto

Photo bottom: Wool from Hitsuji-mikan Farm, Mie Prefecture

 

 

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Exhibition period:

October 23 − October 31, 2021

Open 11am − 6pm

41 Shimodakedono-cho, Shichiku Kita-ku, Kyoto

T. +81 (0)75 286 7296

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER

Exhibition period:

November 6 − November 21, 2021

Open noon – 6pm

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

 

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New arrival
COSMIC WONDER
Days of light
Jomon tanned and smoked leather

Sep 30, 2021 | NEWS 

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We are pleased to present the Jomon tanned and smoked leather from October 2 at Center for COSMIC WONDER and October 12 at online store. After the Jomon tanning process, pieces are finished with an ancient smoking technique. It has been used for over 1000 years, since well before the Asuka period. Highly mothproof and odor-resistant, it was used for high-grade armor. Interestingly, its unique scent has long been known to have an effect that stabilizes not only the human psyche but also the psyche of birds, animals and large fish. Kendo gloves, archery gloves, falconry and other protective gloves feature this special leather. Smoked leather is also used by Native American and European peoples. The classic style of smoked leather has evolved uniquely in Japan, Its high quality is unparalleled in the world.

Also available on the same day, Shoulder bag and wallet made of natural leather tanned with extract from bark of mimosa tree, Tasmanian wool at-home wear made of wool from organic environment surrounded by primeval forests.environment.

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New arrival
COSMIC WONDER
Days of light
Alpaca boucle wool

Sep 22, 2021 | NEWS 

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We are pleased to present the Alpaca boucle wool collection from September 25 at Center for COSMIC WONDER. A cross-weave between heat-retaining alpaca and water-absorbent and water-repellent cupro. In collaboration with Watanabe Textile’s beautiful and warm materials, we have created a new winter garment. The collection includes Haori coat, dress, and hats.

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New arrival
COSMIC WONDER
Days of light
Flower of life sashiko

Sep 01, 2021 | NEWS 

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Feel the infinite expanse of light through sacred geometry, Flower of life stitch weaving.

Made with organic cotton yarn. A folk design where past and present meet. Colors are piece dyed. Rose and Earth soil by mud dyeing of Amami Oshima. Reactive dye are Light lily, Violet ash, Earthenware, Ancient soot and Black.

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

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Shigeo Tanaka
Hisui no kashihate
Ryugu Saiki

Aug 20, 2021 | NEWS 

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We are pleased to present Shigeo Tanaka’s works, “Hisui no Kashihate-Ryugu Saiki”, at the Center for COSMIC WONDER commencing on August 21.

He lives in a 280-year-old house in Asuka village, Nara Prefecture, and works in a seasonal mountain valley using an anagama kiln; the Likei and an inverted-flame kiln. His works resemble classical Korean ritual vessels, but with a uniquely Japanese wabi coloration. His spiritual pursuits influence his work and link his pieces with the immaterial world.

For this time he has created many of the vessels that we use every day at Ryugu*.

*COSMIC WONDER’s production base in a mountain village near Kyoto.

 

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New arrival
COSMIC WONDER
Days of light
for Autumn and Winter

Aug 12, 2021 | NEWS 

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We are pleased to present the main collection “Days of light”for Autumn and Winter from August 21 at Center for COSMIC WONDER.

There will be Linen canvas garments with a beautiful textured look, Cotton broad wool garments with a soft feel, Organic cotton sashiko-stitch garments with the sacred geometry of the Flower of life, and accessory shirts that look like a large scarf wrapped in soft and comfortable Cotton silk chiffon, etc. Autumn and winter’s colors are the elegant and deep impression of Ancient soot, the quaint and beautiful colors of Amami Oshima’s mud-dyed Rose soil and Earth soil.

 

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New arrival
COSMIC WONDER
Days of light for
Autumn and Winter
Organic cotton

Jul 28, 2021 | NEWS 

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We are pleased to present the Organic cotton collection “Days of light”for Autumn and Winter from July 31th at Center for COSMIC WONDER.

The collection combines a variety of organic cotton fabrics, including broad cloth with a quiet luster, twill cloth with a supple texture, a soft roan, and satin that is soft and comfortable. The beautiful colors with texture are made by piece dyed.  Mud-dyed Rose soil and Earth soil, etc., from the nature-rich Amami Oshima Island.

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Takashi Ichikawa
Rethinking of the plants

Jun 24, 2021 | EVENT 

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We are pleased to present Takashi Ichikawa’s exhibition, “Rethinking of the Plants”, at the Center for COSMIC WONDER. For this exhibition, he will share his unique perspective on tea, wild grasses and medicinal herbs, and how they can bring our lives into harmony with nature. Interacting with water, plants, and fire is an essential joy that reconnects us with the elements of nature. This exhibition envisions a lifestyle flush with wildflowers, as well as distillers, roasters, and utensils for boiling tea. A workshop and a tea ceremony will be held with two members of yasousora who have been integrating wildflowers into their daily lives and exploring their mysterious powers. Learning about and touching wildflowers liberates the body and mind and brings a sublime enrichment to our days.

 

 

Now is the time to rethink the things in our own immediate surroundings.

It was five years ago that I came across a tea tree so large that I had to look up. The difference between the image of a tea tree and the image of a tea plant became an attraction, and a switch was flipped for me to rethink my idea of the plant. The experience of looking around and picking things up that interest me, such as tea and cooking, moves me to appreciate the wisdom of our ancestors and gives me a sense of gratitude for nature. And then I think. Tools and technology have disappeared with the changing times, and some of our senses have dulled as our lives have become too convenient. Now that the world is changing, there is a way to fortify our immune systems with the help of nature and plants. Plants work hard to protect their seeds. The power of plants is amazing. I would like to increase my sensitivity to plants by learning about their power from experts. Flowers, leaves, stems and roots. Beans, powder, and leaves. Let’s enjoy the power of plants. Attractive things are close at hand. If we turn on the switch, we can see them.

I want to make a tool that will turn on the desire to rethink our relationship to plants.

Takashi Ichikawa

 

 

Exhibition period:

June 26 – July 4, 2021

The artist will be present on June 26 and 27.

 

Location:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open noon – 6pm

 

Opening Event:

1. Workshop sora’s wild grass tea Demonstration of how to make wild grass tea.

The possibilities are endless for making tea from the wildflowers that grow all around us.

You can enjoy some wild grass tea with Ichikawa’s tea utensils.

 

Saturday, June 26

noon − 2pm

3pm − 5pm

Fee: 8,800 JPY (with wild grass tea)

Reservation required / Number of seats: 4

*All the seats are booked.

 

2. Tea Ceremony “sora”

“Medicine” of the fields.

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

You can enjoy some wild grass tea with Ichikawa’s tea utensils.

 

Sunday, June 27

noon − 1pm

2pm − 3pm

4pm − 5pm

Fee: 6,600 JPY (with wild grass tea)

Reservation required / Number of seats: 5

*All the seats are booked.

 

 

yasousora / Gendou Sawamura Hina Sawamura

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

It is our hope to educate others about the benefits of the wildflowers and wild grasses that surround us.

We are based in Fukuoka Prefecture.

 

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Kaoru Yokoo
The Awakening Universe

Jun 18, 2021 | 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 2021collection “Days of 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.

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER will be available from June 26. It will end as soon as it is sold out.

On the same day, the exhibition “Rethinking of the Plants” by Takashi Ichikawa will also be held.

 

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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COSMIC WONDER
Usuhanasome

May 24, 2021 | EVENT 

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We are pleased to present a series of Usuhanasome garments that are made where heaven and earth meet.

COSMIC WONDER “Days of light” garments in hemp, silk, and organic cotton are dyed with light mud and light indigo. The mud dyeing is done by Kanai Kogei in Amami Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, and the indigo dyeing is done by Konya Jin in Mie Prefecture. The colors produced by this wonderful technique first appeared in ancient times and appear again today.

 

Light-mud dyeing is done with mud and dyestuffs boiled from the Fukugi tree, a tall evergreen tree native to Amami and points south. By contrast, the typical mud dyeing process uses dye from the wheel plum tree. The light mud is found in the iron-rich mud fields in the ancient strata of Amami Oshima Island that date back 1.5 million years. The dyeing process is done in cycles: Fukugi tree dyeing, mud dyeing in the mud field, rinsing in the river upstream, again Fukugi dyeing, again mud dyeing in the mud field, and water bleaching… Depending on the condition of the cloth to be dyed, the process is adjusted or the number of cycles is changed. Mud dyeing requires the blessings of Amami Oshima’s natural habitat. These sensitive techniques have been cultivated over many generations.

 

Light-indigo dyeing is done in a vessel with a diluted indigo dye and repeated over and again. The process is more delicate than ordinary indigo dyeing as it requires much bleaching and dyeing. The work of Konya Jin, a light-indigo dyer in Mie Prefecture, starts with making sukumo, the indigo dye. After growing the indigo naturally, making the sukumo and making preparations throughout the year, the indigo dye is finally ready. Konya Jin uses the Shou-ai dyeing technique.

 

Please take a look at the beautiful and subtly colored Usuhanasome garments that reflect both the blessings of nature and the work of human hands.

 

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER

Exhibition period:

June  5 − June  20, 2021

Open 12pm – 6pm

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

 

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The sheep around me

Oct 13, 2021 | COSMIC WONDER Free Press 
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  I live surrounded by causses, landscapes that have been shaped by sheep farming over centuries. Sheepfold, shepherds shelters and low walls separating plots, all made of dry stone, are reminding us of this past. Causses, which are limestone plateaus , are situated several hundreds meters above sea level but are not mountains, not even hills, they are flat. On these plateaus, because of the specific composition of the ground, not much can grow. Farmers have been grazing sheep here since the beginning of time. The sheep are raised for their milk which is made into cheese. To produce milk,…[Read more]

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