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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 

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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

 

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

rinn to hitsuji

 

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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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Celestial Summer Sale

Jul 09, 2019 | NEWS 

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We are pleased to held “Celestial Summer Sale”.

 

We have several collection that has been announced from 2015 and will sell it at a special price.

 

Date:

July 13 − July 21, 2019

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

Open 11am − 7pm

*Closed: July 17, July 22 − August 2

 

We will be held from noon on July 16 at Center for COSMIC WONDER Online Store.

 

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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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Celestial Festival

May 07, 2019 | EVENT 

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Beautiful Festival of Stars

From holy me

From holy you

Shine light of universe

Echoing the light sound of heaven and earth

 

Now We are playing to live in harmony with everything on this star.

We are enjoying it as the earth is rising. A lot of lights dance from the sky, and we are entering a new era.

We are pleased to present all Space Blessing Festival “Celestial Festival” at Center for COSMIC WONDER.

 

Mirei Hattori will be poetry reading and Facilitator, Hoshi-no-bouzu tells us the voices of the shining stars, 

Feminyan reads the stars of the Heaven and leads them to a beautiful dimension.

Art sound unit “Jue and Anoa” will perform a primitive performance.

 

 

Date:

Saturday, May 25, 2019

1pm − around 4pm

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm 

*It will be open from 3:30pm on the 25th.

 

Number of seats:

70 / Reached the fixed number

5,000 JPY

*We stopped accepting applications for this event.

 

 

Hoshi-no-bouzu

Hoshi-no-bouzu write stories from the star’s voices, while farming in Saku, Nagano Prefecture.

 

Feminyan

Feminyan uses western astrology, oriental four pillars of destiny and feng shui to understand the resonance with stars and nature, read through each person’s life drawing.

 

Mirei Hattori

Autor, Chief Editor of “murmur magazine”, Poet.

 

Jue and Anoa

Art sound unit of MAMIUMU (sound artist) and Yukinori Maeda (Contemporary artist and Founder of Cosmic Wonder).

 

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Japanese handcrafted Baskets
Part Ⅳ

Apr 27, 2019 | EVENT 

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Sinomenium acutum basket, 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. 

 

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.

 

 

Japanese wingnut tree large basket, document tray and accessories tray, Akita Prefecture

Wild grapevine basket and travel bag, Akita Prefecture

Suzutake and moutain cherry tree basket, Miyagi Prefecture

Japanese bird cherry palm winnow, Niigata Prefecture

Keyaki and wild grapevine basket, Niigata Prefecture

Walnut tree basket, Niigata Prefecture

Madake fugo, herb-gathering basket, Biwa basket, Chiba Prefecture

Medake palm, Chiba Prefecture

Nemagaridake vegetable basket and basket, Nagano Prefecture

Hanon bamboo tray and shopping basket, Nagasaki Prefecture

Kinchiku and mountain cherry tree winnow, Kagoshima Prefecture

Hedge bamboosa basket, Okinawa Prefecture

Toutsurumodoki harvest basket, Okinawa Prefecture

Shell ginger rope shoulder basket, mat, pillow, Okinawa Prefecture

Kuba leaves basket, shoulder basket, Okinawa Prefecture

etc.

 

 

Exhibition period:

May 11 − May 19, 2019

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: May 1, 10

 

Opening Reception:

Saturday, May 11 / 3pm − 6pm

*Naoyoshi Maeda will be attending on May 11.

 

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Japanese wingnut tree basket and flower vase, Akita Prefecture

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New Arrival
Kaoru Yokoo
The Awakening Universe

Apr 23, 2019 | NEWS 

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Sumi dyed Organic cotton overalls “Like horsetail stars in Miyama”

 

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.

 

Place:

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: May 1

 

“The Awakening Universe” collection will be available at Center for COSMIC WONDER and Online Store from April 27.

 

Kaoru Yokoo

1979 Born in Tokyo.

Active mainly on rectification by handwork such as embroidery or the crochet.

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New Arrivals
COSMIC WONDER
Celestial Aura
Leather collection

Apr 18, 2019 | NEWS 

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Leather collection will be available at Center for COSMIC WONDER from April 20, Online Store from April 23.

 

Naturally tanned leather Shoulder bag, Shoulder pouch, Kinchaku bag, Wallet with fastener, Wallet, Bifold wallet, Card case, Coin case, Folk shoes

 

Light color leather Shoulder bag, Shoulder pouch, Kinchaku bag, Wallet with fastener, Wallet, Bifold wallet, Card case, Coin case, Folk shoes

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: April 17

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New Arrivals
COSMIC WONDER
Celestial Aura
Khadi Cotton Work Garments

Apr 05, 2019 | NEWS 

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Khadi cotton Sumi-dyed gray short-sleeved haori jacket and gathered skirt

 

Khadi cotton collection will be available at Center for COSMIC WONDER from April 6.

 

Short-sleeved haori Jacket, Wrapped pants, Pullover shirt, Gathered skirt, Mandarin collar dress, Mandarin collar shirt etc.

 

Hand-spun and hand-woven cotton spread by Gandhi in India. The beautiful expressions of the handwork still convey freedom.

 

Center for COSMIC WONDER

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

T. +81 (0)3 5774 6866

Open 11am – 7pm

*Closed: April 17

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Tame-san and Wisteria Weaving

Apr 07, 2018 | COSMIC WONDER Free Press 
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Tattsuke for Toru Inomoto made with Wisteria woven by Tame Mitsuno   When I opened the front door feeling its damp moisture on my hand, I momentarily found myself dizzy and blinded by the darkness of the earthen floor in contrast to the brightness of the outside. “Who’s visiting on this snowy day?” “It’s Inomoto from the museum.” “Ah, it’s the young fellow from the museum again.” Lit by the light of the hearth, the curled up figure that had just spoken appeared from behind the shoji screen stained in soot.   Sat at the edge of the hearth with her legs stretched out, she hooks the fib…[Read more]

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