Background

Spreading the distinctive values of Japanese culture all over the world

The idea of Japanese beauty compared to Western art.

In May 2015, ceramic artist, Akihiro Nikaido held an exhibition in New York, giving an opportunity for people outside of Japan to feel the beauty of ceramic art, through the art of the tea ceremony, part of Japan's most well-known traditional culture.

In May 2016, he, along with fellow artists will get together and hold similar events again. This year, unlike the sole exhibition in 2015, several events will be held in various places in NY with other Japanese traditional artists.

The city of NY is likened to a tea house, Each artist’s creativeness will appear in workshops and exhibits around the city. In the end, we will all gather and hold a tea ceremony, As the title “Wabi and Now, Ring” suggests.

Rediscovering the value of Japanese culture, which has been forgotten.

The art of the tea ceremony was born in Japan, during the Muromachi era. The tea ceremony presents the season of the moment and the master’s thoughts. You can feel the art of the tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arrangement, ceramics and sake with the five senses, Grasp the thoughts of the master, Empathize with time and space. Each is an individual art but inside the tea room, they become one. This is not just “art”. It has a potential value of being something more.

The art of the tea ceremony was born in Japan, during the Muromachi era. The tea ceremony presents the season of the moment and the master’s thoughts. You can feel the art of the tea ceremony, calligraphy, flower arrangement, ceramics and sake with the five senses, Grasp the thoughts of the master, Empathize with time and space. Each is an individual art but inside the tea room, they become one. This is not just “art”. It has a potential value of being something more.

Back in the Meiji era, western culture came to Japan, and the word “art” was introduced. We Japanese accepted foreign art and the changing of the times. But unfortunately we tended to neglect our own culture and put more emphasis on Western culture ahead of Japanese culture.

In modern art, there is an element of “proof of the value”. We want to awaken the value of Japanese culture based on our long traditions.

Please support our May events and future generations of artists.

Now, in the internet age, the world has become smaller and smaller. But there are still conflicts and misunderstandings between countries, tribes and cultures. So modern day artists going abroad expressing themselves through their art, beauty and values to other countries is the most important thing for the next generation.

Not just one time, but again and again. It’s important to keep on doing it. By doing this continually, we will complete the “Ring” as in the title “Wabi and Now, Ring”

But holding these events in foreign countries presents many challenges. So we are asking for your support in this crowd-funding. Your help would be appreciated. e hope putting on these events with your funding will be one of the catalysts for many Japanese artists who want to take on the challenge of going abroad.

From Japan, little by little.