A Special Collaborative Event
Japanese artists explore the theme of Japanese beauty "Wabi" from May 1 to 25. 2019 in New York.


Akihiro Nikaido, Ceramic Artist
Satoshi Nemoto, Calligrapher
Mario Hirama, Flower Artist
Souheki Mori, Tea Ceremony Master
- Special Thanks To -
Yoshihiko Kousaka, Executive Chef of KOSAKA
Mihyun Han, Owner of KOSAKA
EunYoung Sebazco, KOSAKA Art Curator
Fujiko Aoki, Japanese food and confectionery of MochiRin
- Cooperated by -
Yasunobu Tomita, Shichihonyari
Henry Sidel, JOTO Sake
- support staff -
Kazuya Kiguchi, Photography, Design, and Web
Audrey Chin of Setsugekka, A site assistant
Yumiko Miyahama, Photography


- Cavin Morris Gallery -
210 Eleventh Avenue, Suite 201, New York, NY 10001
May 2 - 25, 2019
Ceramic Exhibition by Akihiro Nikaido
May 2, 2019, 6 pm - 8 pm
Opening Reception and Special Collaboration
Flower, Calligraphy and Tea Ceremony by Hirama Mario, Satoshi Nemoto, and Souheki Mori
- Setsugekka -
74 E 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
May 1 - 25, 2019
Calligraphy Exhibition by Satoshi Nemoto
May 1, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Opening Reception
May 3, 2019, 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Calligraphy Talk by Satoshi Nemoto
May 4, 2019, 11 am - 1 pm
Calligraphy Workshop by Satoshi Nemoto
May 5, 2019, 11 am - 1 pm
Flower Workshop by Mario Hirama
May 5, 2019, 3 pm - 4 pm
Tea Ceremony by Souheki Mori
- Other Events -
May 6, 2019, 7 pm - 10 pm Formal Tea Gathering at KOSAKA
220 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
May 7, 2019, Ceramic Demonstration by Akihiro Nikaido at Togei Kyoshitsu of New York
5 W 30th St #3, New York, NY 10001
- Related Events -
May 2 - 4, 2019 Toh (Ceramic) -ISM from Japan at Sara Japanese Pottery
950 Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10021
Akihiro Nikaido, Hiroyuki Tomita, Naoki Kato, Yuji Murakami, Yuki Kimura, Tetsuya Ozawa


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"I would like to appeal attraction of my ceramics to people in foreign countries through Chanoyu, Japanese tea ceremony, which is one of composite of Japanese culture."

The above was Akihiro Nikaido’s concept of "Wabi and Now" held in May, 2015 in New York. He collaborated with two tea masters; Kyoko Denda and Souheki Mori, a calligrapher; Satoshi Nemoto, and Japanese confectionery chef; Motohiro Inaba.

In May, 2016, we held "Wabi and Now -wa, ring-" to make teahouse of several locations in New York City, collaborating with a tea master; Souheki Mori, a calligrapher; Satoshi Nemoto, a flower artist; Mario Hirama, a Japanese confectionery chef; Shiho Sakamoto, sake brewer; Yasunomu Tomita, and Japanese cuisine chef; Fujiko Aoki.

And, now in May, 2019, we will hold "Wabi and Now -san, the end-"
During this event, Akihiro Nikaido’s latest ceramics will be exhibited at Cavin Morris Gallery in New York. At the opening reception, Satoshi Nemoto, calligrapher, Mario Hirama, flower artist, and Souheki Mori, a tea master, will perform special collaboration. At Setsugekka, a teahouse in Manhattan, Nemoto will hold a calligraphy exhibition. Hirama will hold a flower workshop as well. Mori will hold a tea ceremony with artworks by Nikaido, Nemoto, and Hirama. Furthermore, we will hold a special Chaji, a formal tea gathering, at Kosaka, collaborating with Yoshinori Kousaka, an executive chef of Kosaka and Fujiko Aoki, a Japanese cuisine and confectionery chef.

New York is created by people from all over the world.
We would like to conclude "Wabi and Now" by doing our very best for this unusual place, New York.

"the Beauty and Sense of Values that the Japanese have created"

Chanoyu, Japanese tea ceremony, was established in Muromachi period, mid 14th to 16th century. Tea masters appreciate four seasons, entrust their thoughts to tea, calligraphy, flower arrangements, ceramics, sake, and so on. Guests enjoy them using the five senses, and communicate their thoughts to the host spending the time and sharing the spaces. The things existing alone combined together in the space of the teahouse.

In Meiji period, from 1868 to 1912, Japan was overwhelmed by foreign cultures. The word "Art" was introduced in this period. Japanese fused these changes by their own way of thinking and flexibility. However, the number of chances to re-evaluate the value of their own culture became fewer. Especially, after the WWII, the Japanese was attracted by Western culture and followed them too much. As a result, the Japanese started to dismiss their own culture and sense of values for a long time. Its influence continues now.

As a ceramic artist, Nikaido has exhibited his works at "Wabi and Now" in New York as well as many other countries since 2015, and he realized that many people outside of Japan sympathize the beauty existing in Japanese culture, context, and values through his own experiences.

The beauty and sense of values that the Japanese have created are not the things of the past. They still exist "Now".

As if the flowers were scattered and borne fruit, we wish the beauty and sense of values would be change the shapes depending on the occasion, go beyond countries and people of all races, grow and expand more and more.

We would like to hold and conclude "Wabi and Now - san, the end -" in this coming May, 2019 in New York.