Exposition 和 (Wa) powered by KOUSCH
will open in Omotesando on June 7th (Fri) – June 9th (Sun), 2019!
Enjoy shopping sophisticated brands of Japanese style design and crafts made in Japan.
Perfect for souvenir and present for your friends overseas and of course, for yourself!
You can shop in English.
We accept credit cards.
June 7th (Fri) – June 9th (Sun), 2019
June 7th (Fri) 13-19 o’clock
June 8th (Sat) 11-19 o’clock
June 9th (Sun) 13-17 o’clock
3 minutes walk from exit A2 of Tokyo Metro’s Omotesando Station.
The place is located on the north side of Omotesando Hills and on the same street
as Urfh Caffe Omotesando.
It is at the corner of the street and on the opposite side of
Nordic Feeling Omotesando Store.
Enjoy the market of Japanese style sophisticated goods!
Brands of Japanese style goods and crafts made in Japan are to show up
in a pop up market “Exposition 和(Wa)” in Omotesando.
Here is the introduction of brands;
In the event, original design T-shirts which are inspired by old Japanese art and Japanese culture
such as Choju Giga and Ukiyoe will be introduced.
“水引 (Mizuhiki)” is Japanese traditional code which are used to decorate goods
which are used in annual events, celebration, ceremonies, etc.
The artist creates accessories using this Japanese traditional code mixing
old Japanese culture and modern style.
”豆(Mame)”(beans) has been used for cooking and making confectionery
for a long time from the old era in Japan.
In Japanese, there are an adjectives “まめな (mame na)” and “まめまめしい (mame mame shii)”.
The meaning is diligent and conscientious.
As the sound of these adjectives are just as same as ”豆(Mame)”(bean) ,
beans are one of lucky foods in Japan.
This bean snack is made of organic materials which are carefully chosen by the producer.
Japanese style and Finland design fit together well.
These products are Japanese tea ceremony goods with patterns of designers in Finland.
Various tools are used in a certain order in Japanese tea ceremony （ “茶の湯”(Chanoyu)/“茶道 (Sado or Chado)”).
One item which guests needs to bring is “懐紙 (Kaishi)”, the paper napkin to use in many ways such as
putting the sweet on like dish or wipe mouth, etc.
There are plain Kaishi, but people who love pretty things also use Kaishi with patterns.
The pattern of Kaishi above is designed by artists in Finland.
“切子(Kiriko)” is the hand-cut glass, one of traditional Japanese crafts.
In the cutting process, a wet diamond wheel is used.
Satsuma(薩摩)（=Kagoshima (鹿児島)）and Edo（江戸）(=Tokyo(東京))
are two major prefecture where the cutting technique was established.
The origin of the technique is from Europe and it was nurtured in each place.
■What is “和” (Wa) ?
“和 – Wa” is an ancient way of calling Japan as a country before 7th century.
That is why the Japanese style things are called “和式”(Wa-shiki) or “和風”(Wa-fu) today.
The character “和” is originally from China, but there are many meanings and how to read this character (Kun-yomi) in Japanese.
For example, those are;
– “和む（なごむ）” (Nagomu) : feel at ease / soothing / melt
– “和らぐ（やわらぐ）”(Yawaragu) : ease / relax / soften
– “和（わ）”(Wa) of “平和（へいわ）” (Heiwa) : peace
– “和（わ）”(Wa) of “調和（ちょうわ）” (Chowa) : balance / consistency / harmony
– “和（わ）”(Wa) as the result of addition
When Japanese say “和の心（わのこころ）” (Wa no kokoro, the heart of Wa),
it includes these meanings
and that is why in Japanese style,
not only the surface of service or product, the heart inside is important at the same time.
Underlying philosophy of ”Exhibition 和（Wa）”, the event of Japanese style products and crafts made in Japan
is this “和の心（わのこころ）” (Wa no kokoro, the heart of Wa).