Past Exhibitions

 

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isetan   2013 April :
"Meshi chawan -- From Ooguchi collection --"

 

Meshi chawan -- From Ooguchi collection --

 

Meshi chawan

-- From Ooguchi collection --

 

4/26(fri) - 4/28(sun)

at -HANABAKO-

 

Hanabako's owner, Sae Ooguchi, has collected meshi chawan (rice serving bowl with lid) for 50 years. The faschination of the enjoyable patterns have her and her husbund collect about 2000 of these Koimari dishes from the Edo mid period and late Edo period. Here at Hanabako will be exhibiting a part of this collection, wich has a little crack or does not have a lid. They will be sold in very low price. Bamboo baskets are also available. 

 

 

Lecture & Demonstration of Kintsukuroi by "Chikian"


4.27(sat) 12:30-13:30, 4.28(sun)12:30-13:30 Free

at -HANABAKO-

 

Kintsukuroi is a way of covering cracks of dishes and bowls with gold. Learn and see how Kintsukuroi is done from the demonstration by Masami Horiuchi of "Chikian" and you can try it on your own.

 

 

"Chikian"  

 

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isetan   2013 March :
"Tea Baskets and Fukusas"

 

茶籠と袱紗展

 

Tea Baskets and Fukusas

 

Nihonbashi, -HANABAKO-

 

March 6(wed)-16(sat)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fukusa   2011 November : The Fukusa

袱紗展

袱紗

Masuda kandou ruigire. Cloth:Padra, India, 19-20th century

 

The Fukusa

 

November 19(sat)-26(sat)

12pm - 5:30pm

 

At Hanabako, Nihonbashi

 

地図

Sakamoto Bld. 2f, 3-8-7 Nihonbashi, Chyuo-ku, Tokyo

 

Hanabako exhibited antique fukusas, small fukusas used for tea ceremony, fukusa holders, small tea ceremony baskets and equipments for tea. There were also flower baskets of Chikuhou Morimura, a member of Nihon Kogeikai.

 

What is fukusa?

The fukusas are used in different occasions, such as wrapping gifts or at the tea ceremony. It is a special textile sawn on 3 sides in a square shape. The fukusas that Hanabako handle are used for tea ceremony cases. They are mainly used for purifying tea ceremony equipments during the ceremony but you can use them in many ways as you like. They are made by special cloths, such as silk or antique Indian print, with beautiful patterns.

 

Masuda kandou ruigire: This is a way of identifing a cloth, which the tea master Donnou Masuda prefered to use for fukusas. There are several kind of cloths called this way. 'Ruigire' means that the fukusa is made from the same kind or type of cloth.

 

Tokyo art and antiques   2011 April - May : Tokyo Art & Antiques -Nihonbashi, Kyobashi Antique Festival -


 

Tokyo Art & Antiques
-The Nihonbashi/Kyobashi Art and Antiques Festival-

東京アートアンティーク

 

 

Hanabako is participating in Tokyo Art & Antiques -The Nihonbashi/Kyobashi Art and Antiques Festival-

 

Kyobashi and Nihonbashi of Tokyo is one of the popular area of art in Japan. The 67 unique galleries and shops of this area takes part in this art festival. Visitors enjoyed the early-summer day walk around this area to find their favorite art work.

The festival was held from April 28 (thu) - May 1 (sun) 2011.

 

 


 

Wild Flowers and Tea Utensil Baskets

Hanabako's exhibition during the festival

"Wild Flowers and Tea Utensil Baskets"

 

Open Hours:

April 28 (thu) 10:00-19:00
April 29 (fri) - May 1 (sun) 10:00-18:00

At Nihonbashi Hanabako

Admission free

Norio Takeuchi's Ikebana exhibit : April 29 (fri)-

 

We sold tea utensil baskets and utensils to put in it, and flowers for tea ceremony.
Many assorts of small equipments, such as tea ceremony baskets and tea bowls for traveling.
Sales of unusual sanyaso (mountain plants) suited to hanakago (bamboo flower baskets).

 

Also, Norio Takeuchi, professional in art history and Ikebana, exhibied his Ikebana at our gallery.

 

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Tea utensil basket

Tea utensil basket

 

 

Inside: Edo period cloth

Inside: Edo period cloth

 

 

Tea utensil basket by Ichiro Tsujimura (contemporary bamboo artist)

Tea utensil basket by Ichiro Tsujimura
(contemporary bamboo artist)

Tea utensil basket by Ichiro Tsujimura Inside: Edo period cloth

Tea utensil basket by Ichiro Tsujimura
Inside: Edo period cloth

 

 

 

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isetan   2010 June :
"Fukusa and Flower Baskets" at Shinjyuku Isetan

 

fukusa and baskets
Antique Indian calicos, Flower basket.
Flower: Tsukinukinindo
Photograph: Takeshi Aoki & Hanae Shinozaki

Fukusas and Flower Baskets

 

June 9th (wed) - 15th (tue)
At 5th floor Japanese Tableware area of Isetan Shinjuku Department Store
10:00am - 8:00pm


Hanabako showed antique fukusas and reasonable flower baskets, which both where a popular presentation of Hanabako from last year.

 

Hanabako have selected rare cloths of antique gold decorations and gold calicos remade into fukusas and fukusa clippers, charcoal containers, tea baskets, tea equipments and tools, and inexpensive flower baskets.

 

Mr. Norio Takeuchi, who is a professional ikebana master arranged flowers and lectured twice during the exhibition.
1st June 9th (wed) 1:00pm -
2nd June 12th (sat) 11::00 am -

 

Mr. Norio Takeuchi's published books: "Easy Flower arranging for the fireplace in tea room" (Sekai Bunka Publishing Inc.), "A woman master of tea ceremony, Soen Horikoshi" and more.


 

Related past exhibitions:
2009 'Flower Baskets & Bamboo Craft Collection Show' at Isetan Shinjuku (Flower arrangement and lecture by Mr. Norio Takeuchi)
2008 'Suihatsu Stand of 1000 years old Yakusugi Tree' at Hanabako Nihonbashi (Flower arrangement by Mr. Norio Takeuchi)
2007 'The mind of Lotus -Bamboo works of lotus flowers and leaves- at Hatakeyama Memorial of Fine Art (Flower arrangement by Mr. Norio Takeuchi)
2005 'A Day to Enjoy Autumn Flowers in Baskets' at Hatakeyama Memorial of Fine Art (flower arrangement by Mr. Norio Takeuchi)

 

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Tokyo art and antiques   2010 April - May : Tokyo Art & Antiques -Nihonbashi, Kyobashi Antique Festival -


Tokyo Art & Antiques
-Nihonbashi, Kyobashi Antique Festival -

 

Kyobashi and Nihonbashi of Tokyo is one of the popular area of art in Japan. The 74 unique galleries and shops of this area takes part in this art festival. Many have enjoyed an early-summer day walk around this area and find your favorite art work.

 

 



 

hanging basket

Hanabako's Exhibition:
Hanging Flower Baskets and Tea Baskets

 

At Nihonbashi Hanabako
free admission
4/30 (fri) 10:00am - 8:00pm
5/1 (sat) 10:00am - 6:00pm 
5/2 (sun) 10:00am - 6:00pm


Hanabako presentied hanging flower baskets, which looks fabulous with wild flowers, and baskets with a cover, to put in the set of tools for making green tea. There are two types of hanging baskets --one is to be hanging by the handle (from anywhere such as the cieling) and the other is to be hanging from the wall.

As our first attempt, Hanabako also sold the delicate japanese mountain wild plants starting from the evening of the first day of this exhibition.
We also handed this out as a gift for customers who have purchased a basket!

It is a pleasure for antique lovers and tea masters to select their combinations of tea set. It will be an original set just of your own. You will have a great time with it at your traveling or outdoor.

At Hanabako, we do not only sell tea baskets with and already set inside, but we also advise how you can enjoy the selecting of each tool.

 

tea basket

tea basket

 

 

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2009isetan   2009 June :
"Hanabako Flower Baskets & Bamboo Craft Collection Show"
at Shinjyuku Isetan


花籠&竹芸コレクション展

 


バッタ蓮

Hanabako Flower Baskets & Bamboo Craft Collection Show

 

June 10th (wed) - June 16th (tue)
10:00am - 8:00pm 
at Japanese Tableware, 5th Floor of Isetan Shinjyuku Department Store

 

花籠

DM写真

 

Hanabako, a speciality shop for Japanese bamboo baskets, has reached its 7th anniversary. To thank all of our customers, Hanabako showed its large collection at the 5th floor of Isetan, Shinjyuku. Vintage bamboo crafts, contemporary artistユs works, classic tea baskets, fukusas and tea ceremony utensils were sold. In addition, we offered a number of valuable one-off flower baskets under 60,000 yen for this special occasion.

 

6/13(sat)11:30- Mr.Norio Takeuchi, active in lectures and teaching ikebana, arranged flowers.

Mr. Norio Takeuchi: Former chief Curator of Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art. Published books: "Easy Flower arranging for the fireplace in tea room" (Sekai Bunka Publishing Inc.), "A woman master of tea ceremony, Soen Horikoshi" and more.


 

 

tea basket

flower basket

 

 

basket

Related past exhibitions:

2010   'Fukusa and Flower Baskets' at Isetan Shinjuku (Flower arrangement and lecture by Mr. Norio Takeuchi)
2008   'Suihatsu Stand of 1000 years old Yakusugi Tree' at Hanabako Nihonbashi (Flower arrangement by Mr. Norio Takeuchi)
2007   'The mind of Lotus -Bamboo works of lotus flowers and leaves-' at Hatakeyama Memorial of Fine Art (Flower arrangement by Mr. Norio Takeuchi)
2005   'A Day to Enjoy Autumn Flowers in Baskets' at Hatakeyama Memorial of Fine Art (flower arrangement by Mr. Norio Takeuchi)

 

Photograph by Takeshi Aoki & Hanae Shinozaki

 

 

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2009kyushyu   2009 May - June : "Chikugei of the Kyushu" at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


Shono Tokuzo
"Flower basket" Tokuzo Shono
Photo by Takeshi Aoki & Hanae Shinozaki

Chikugei of the Kyushu

 

5/24-6/27
12:00pm - 6:00pm  
Hanabako, Nihonbashi
Free
Presented by Hanabako

 

Exhibited flower baskets, tea baskets, and sculptures of chikugei artists active in Kyushu.

 

 

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2009kansai   2009 April : "Chikugei of the Kansai" at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


Chikuho Minoura
Chikuho Minoura "Ship shaped flower basket"
Photo by Takeshi Aoki & Hanae Shinozaki

Chikugei of the Kansai

4/24-4/27
12:00pm - 6:00pm  
Hanabako, Nihonbashi
Free
Presented by Hanabako

 

Exhibited master pieces of the chikugei masters in Kansai, such as Shokosai Hayakawa 1st and Chikuunsai Tanabe 1st.

 

 

 

 

初代田辺竹雲斎作「網代鎧櫃式巻煙草入」
Chikuunsai Tanabe 1st "Tabacco case"
Photo by Takeshi Aoki & Hanae Shinozaki

 

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2009chyashyaku   2009 March : "Chyashyaku" at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


Enshyu Kobori
Enshyu Kobori, utsushi of "Arimayama"
Photo by Takeshi Aoki & Hanae Shinozaki

Chyashyaku

 

3/24-3/27
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Hanabako, Nihonbashi
Free
Presented by Hanabako

 

Around 20 items of Chyashyakus, such as Utsushi(copy) of master work chyashyaku, Ge-chyashyaku (an ivory color chyashyaku) and chyashyaku for tea baskets were sold.

 


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2009sumitori   2009 February - March : "Sumitori" at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


Sumitori
Chinese scuttle and a kettle ma

Sumitori

 

2/24-3/20
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Hanabako, Nihonbashi
Free
Presented by Hanabako

 

Antique and Chinese style bamboo charcoal scuttles were sold at this show.
Hanabako also took orders for re-covering of the inner cover of the scuttles.

 

 

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2009national living treasure   2009 January to February : "National Living Treasure of Chikugei" at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


Chikubosai 2nd
Chikubsai 2nd "Flower basket with handle"

National Living Treasure of Chikugei

 

1/24-2/20
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Hanabako, Nihonbashi
Free
Presented by Hanabako

 

There are 5 holders of the National Living Treasure of Chikugei;
Shounsai Shono(1967),
Shokansai Iizuka(1982),
Chikubsai Maeda 2nd(1995),
Shokosai Hayakawa(2003),
Soho Katsushiro(2003).
We showed works of artists who are approved as this, mainly organized by Chikubsai 2nd's works.
( ):year approved

 

 

 

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2008fukusa and bamboo vase   2008 December : "Fukusa and Bamboo flower vase Fukusas made of antique cloths and bamboo vase" at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


Shokosai Hayakawa

Fukusa and Bamboo flower vase Fukusas made of antique cloths and bamboo vase

 

12/24(wed) - 12/27(sat)
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Hanabako, Nihonbashi
Free
Presented by Hanabako

 

We showed bright and elegant fukusas that will mach the early spring and bamboo vase that will make the winter flowers more attractive. In the tea world, the tea ceremony of the new year is special. We have selected valuable ones for the new year's tea ceremony.


[Exibiting work]
Antique India sarasa fukusa
Antique splashed pattern Patra fukusa
Shokosai Hayakawa bamboo flower vase
Chikuunsai Tanabe 2nd Red bamboo flower vase and more...

 

Antique silk fukusas

 

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2008tea baskets   2008 October : "Tea Baskets" at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


tea basket hatsuta
Toru Hatsuta, "Tea basket", 2007

Tea Baskets

 

First Exhibit

October 17th (fri) 10:00am - 7:00pm
18th (sat) 10:00am - 6:00pm
19th (sun) 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tokyo Bijyutsu Club Tobi Art Fair booth 1-12
2min walk from Onarimon station (Mita line),
10 min walk from JR Shinbashi station Torimoriguchi exit.
6-19-15 Shinbashi Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0004
Entrance fee: 1000yen

 

Second Exhibit

October 24th (fri) - 26th (sun)
12:00pm - 7:00pm
Hanabako Tokyo Gallery, Nihonbashi
Free

[artists] Rokansai Iizuka, Shino Ogiwara, Chikuunsai 2nd, Ichiro Tsujimura, Shizura Nakata, Toru Hatsuta, Shoen Yamamoto, Chikusei Watanabe, etc.
We exhibied at Tobi art fair for 3 days, and the next week at Hanabako. We exhibited small tea baskets and tools as well as the straps and small parts of tools which may not be able to see often. The exciting part of tea basket is in selecting each tool to fit your tea tool collection.

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2008setsuko isohi   2008 September : "Setsuko Isohi Bamboo Works"
at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


Mutsume basket
"Triple Layered Mutsume basket" w 30cm x h 7cm
Photographed by Tsuyoshi Kan

Setsuko Isohi Bamboo works


9/19(FRI)-28(SUN)
At Hanabako, Nihonbashi
from 12:00pm - 7:00pm (Last day, -5:00pm)
Place: Hanabako, Nihonbashi
Organizer: Hanabako

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triple layered Mutsume(hexagon weave) of Setsuko Isohi
By Hiroshi Aoki (art historian)

Setsuko Isohi, who have achieved a reputation on her tense weave of the basketユs curved surface, has changed her style since 2007 to layer the curved surface of Mutsume weave to make light baskets as if the wind may breeze through. The Mutsume weave is surely airily itself, but because it is layered 3 times, a depth is given to the design, and a new tense has appeared to it as well. Her new style is named "Triple layered Mutsume". This year, the unique weave has decorated the sides of the baskets to step into a higher level of flower baskets.

Setsuko Isohi

1964   Born in Otawara city, Tochigi prefecture
2002   Traditional Craft New Works Exhibition ('03 West Japan award, '04, '05, '06, '07 Yamatane Museum award)
2003   Japanese Traditional Craft Exhibition ('04, '05, '07)
2005   Wood and Bamboo Traditional Craft Exhibition ('07 Asahi Newspaper award)
2007   "A Celebrationa of the Next Generation", invited by Asian Art Museum, Sanfrancisco, USA)
2008   The West Japan Traditional Craft Exhibition

A member of Japanese Craft Association
Public collection: Nasunogahara Museum, Nasunogahara, Tochigi prefecture

 

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2008handle bag   2008 June : "Order Made Bamboo Handle Bag" at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


Bian

Order Made Bamboo Handle Bag


6/12(thurs)-6/21(sat) At Hanabako, Nihonbashi (closed on sundays)
from 12:00pm - 6:00pm (Last day, -5:00pm)

Place: Hanabako, Nihonbashi
Organizer: Hanabako
Cooperation: Bian Inc, an order made bag specialist

 

handlebag
Photograph by Shuhei Fujita

 

[Handle] Susu bamboo, root bamboo, leather and more
[Body] more than 30 fabrics to choose from
[Lather part] more than 10 leathers, natural and patterned
[Zipper] water baffalo, bamboo and more

 

A poach made of liverty fabric is prepared as a present for the first 5 customers.

 

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2008kamata kirio   2008 May : "A message from Kirio Kamata" at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


bamboo insect
Photograph by Shuhei Fujita

"A message from Kirio Kamata"

 

5/2(Fri)-5/14(Wed) 12:00-18:00
Hanabako, Nihonbashi
Organized by Hanabako Tokyo Gallery

 

In the year of 2038, Kirio Kamata (the mantis) is protected and living in a clear bag.

 

This exhibition is to give a chance to the viewer to think about many environmental issues as well as the problems that the bamboo craftsman and bamboo forest holders are confronted, such as the decrease of successors. These problems causes damage to the bamboo forests. We would like you to make insects to get more familiar with the works of bamboos.

 

 

-Golden week Special event-

Koh-chan of the Takeya, the artist, will be at the gallery on 5/2(Fri) and 5/3(Sat) for you to experience making insects with bamboo.
Both days from 12:00 and 15:00, 4 people at a time. Please make a reservation. You will be making a red dragonfly with a kit. (エ2,100
to buy the kit)

"30 years later, at the year 2038, Kirio Kamata lives alone in the plastic bag protected from the polluted air." This is the story of this work. The plastic bag you see behind the matis is a part of the art work.
(part of the works contain stories like this)

More than 70 insect works made of bamboo. Orders are accepted as well.

 

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2008suihatsu

2008 March : "Suihatsu Stand of 1000 years old Yakusugi Tree"
at Hanabako, Nihonbashi



yakusugi suihatsu
Photograph by Shuhei Fujita

Suihatsu Stand of 1000 years old Yakusugi Tree

 

Date: 3/6(Thur) - 3/19(Wed)
Place: Hanabako, Nihonbashi
Organized by Hanabko Tokyo Gallery
With cooporation of Mokusei

 

The Yakusugi trees are one of the largest trees in Japan and that have lived for 1000 years. It has been worshipped as a sacred tree.
We have made Suihatsu stands from this tree of miracle. Yakusugi tree's "varied grains", "glossy texture" and its "unique fregrance".

 

Suihatsu is a stand or another layer of decorated wall to hang baskets or vases on the wall.

 

Ikebana
Mr. Norio Takeuchi arranged
flowers for this show.




Keisuke Aoyagi


"A proposal for contemporary
Suihatsu" is the design of
Mr. Keisuke Aoyagi, the artist
of Mokusei.

ORiginal suihatsu
With our thoughts toward
the rare Yakusugi trees,
Hanabako's original
Suihatsu stand alone is
made by the cooporation
of Mokusei.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the image to enlarge.

 

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2007lotus 2007 August : "The Mind of Lotus Bamboo works of lotus flowers and leaves" at Hatakeyama Memorial of Fine Art

 

The Mind of Lotus -Bamboo works of lotus flowers and leaves-

 

2007 Aug. 26 (Sun) 10:00 -16:00
Place: Sui-an, Meigetsu-ken (free), Shyana-an (tea ticket needed) tea room at
Hatakeyama Memorial of Fine Art
Organized by Hanabako

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basket: Chikuho Minoura "Shiho-ka"
(bamboo and lacquer), 1997. This work is inspired by the flower lotus that grows in the Shinoyama castle of Shinoyama Tanba of Hyougo prefecture which is the artist's home land. A wide strings of bamboo is used to make image of the triangular petal that overlaps each other, and the thin strings of bamboo is used in sukashi, a mesh weave, which reminds us of the transparancy of the petals. This elegant and lustrous work has a distinctive feature of this artist.

lotus

 

As the autumn of 2004 and 2005, we exhibited bamboo baskets at Hatayama Memorial tea room. The first exhibition at Hatayama memorial in 2004, we exhibited Chinese and Chinese style baskets and craft baskets. The second in 2005, we exhibited traditional Chinese baskets and contemporary baskets. This year, for the third time to exhibit in these tea rooms, we had a different theme. As you can see in the title, the theme was "lotus". We exhibited bamboo art works focusing on contemporary artists in this theme. As well as the exhibition in 2004 and 2005, we were happy to have Mr.Norio Takeuchi to arrange flowers and display our baskets with his lecture in the tea room of Sui-an -- a *1Sanjyodaime style room, Meigetsu-ken -- a *2Shoin style room, and Shyana-an -- a *3Souan style of wall and floor.

 

[Display]
<Norio Takeuchi>
1947 born in Kouchi prefecture, Japan, Graduated Ootani University graduate course and master's degree of Buddism culture
1984 becomes currator of Hatayama Memorial foundation. Will be resigning this post this year Sept. Holds a class of flower arrangement for tea for tea ceremony lovers and makes effort for spreading it.
Publishment: "Tea Ceremony Flower Making Easy" (Sekaibunka) and more.

[Artists]
Chikuho Minoura (1934- Tokyo), Ichiro Tsujimura (1968- Kanagawa), Shino Ogiwara (1958- Gunma), Aiko Tanioka (1947- Tokyo), Shochiku Tanabe (1973- Osaka), and more

[Photograph] by Shuhei Fujita

The photographed flower arrangement is not by Mr.Takeuchi.

*1 Sanjyodaime style - A three-tatami tea room with one-tatami that is smaller than it's original size.
*2 Shoin style - In this case, a ten-tatami room where many people can gather to take tea.
*3 Souan style - A tea room with a style of wabi, a Japanese aesthetic concept of imperfect unconventionality, where tea is taken person to person.

 

Ichiro TsujimuraIchiro Tsujimura

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2007Chikuunsai   2007 July : "The Art of the Chikuunsai Family -Chikuunsai Tanabe 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Shochiku and Mitsuko-" at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


Chikuunsai exhibition

"The Art of the Chikuunsai Family
-Chikuunsai Tanabe 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Shochiku and Mitsuko-"

 

2007 Sept. 19 (thur) - Aug. 1 (wed)
11:00 -19:00 (Last day -17:00)
Place: Hanabako Sakamoto bldg. 2F, 3-8-7 Nihonbashi, Tokyo
admission: free
Artist at the Gallery on:Sept. 19, 20 (Mr.Chikuunsai 3rd, Mrs. Mitsuko
Aug. 1 (Mr.Shochiku)

 

 

 

 

The Chikuunsai Tanabe family has been carrying on their bamboo craftsman tradition from the Meiji period. Hanabako will be exhibiting 25 works of this Tanabe family from the founder to the present tradition holder, Shochiku Tanabe. The major works of the founder Tanabe Chikuunsai 1st, who lived through the flourishing cultured period of Meiji-Taisho period, delicate and magnanimous works of Chikuunsai 2nd, Chikuunsai 3rd , and his wife, Mitsuko, who works with their tradition as well as their new original works that has been shown through out other countries, and last but not least, their second son Shochiku, a contemporary bamboo artist showing works in Japan, US and Europe.
We have asked the Tanabe family to lend us some of their very important works that are only shown in Museums. This will be a great chance to feel these works, not looking at them through the glass windows. We will also be selling some works as well. Please come and enjoy these masterpieces.


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Chikuunsai Tanabe I (founder)

Chikuunsai Tanabe 1st

[1877-1937]
1877 Born as the 3rd child of Shinjyou Tanabe who was a retained doctor of the domain of Amagasaki.
1895 studied under Waichisai Wada I.
1901 become independent and was given the name "Chikuunsai" from his teacher.
1903 exhibited in the 5th National expo.
Since, he was given number of prizes. Chikuunsai I made many Karamono (Chinese style) and developed his unique style by his Ryu-Rikyu style and using Koyadake. With his excellent craftsmanship, he has raised many pupils and has contributed as a prominent figure of the bamboo art in Osaka.

 

Ryu Rikyu style
Chikuunsai 1st
"Ryu-Rikyu style flower basket"


hanging basket
Chikuunsai 1st "Ryu-Rikyu style
Hanging flower basket"

 

 

bamboo tableChikuunsai 1st "Babmoo display table"

 

Ryu-Rikyu Style
Chikuunsai I came upon the paintings of Ryu-Rikyu in the late Meiji period and has awakened his artistユs nature, which attained his stable position as a bamboo artist. The paintings of Ryu-Rikyu stimulated his enthusiasm of baskets, and his deep understanding toward "Kadoh (the study of Ikebana or flower arrangement)" developed the style "Ryu-Rikyu style". His major works of this style "Ryu-Rikyu style hanging flower basket" and "Rounded Ryu-Rikyu style hanging flower basket" were both offered to the Taisho emperor.

Ryu-Rikyu: A literary painter of Edo period. Is known for the founder of the Bunjin-ga ( a painting by a literary artist after the Southern School of Chinese painting). Ryu-Rikyu was influenced by Chinese culture and ideology and has influenced Japanese painters such as Taiga Ike and Buson Yosano.

Koyadake
Another unique style of Chikuunsai I is the use of Koyadake, an old arrow sticks made of bamboo. Because of its strong originality of its decoration in gold and lacquer, other bamboo craftsman disliked to use this material. This became Chikuunsai I's speciality in his basket making. He used the koyadake's decoration as it was and used the sticks to make strong curved lines. Thus, his works established a unique aesthetic of his own.

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Chikuunsai Tanabe II

chikuunsai 2nd










[1910-2000]
1910 Born in Osaka, studies under his fater.
1925 at age of 25, was given the name "Shyo-Chikuunsai" , which means "little Chikuunsai", from his father, Chikuunsai 1st.
1931 His first work was accepted by Teiten exhibition, from then exhibited many times in Teiten exhibition, Shinbunten exhibition, Nitten exhibition.
1937 Assumed the name Chikuunsai 2nd
1952 Recieved Tokusen award and Asakura prize in the 8th Niten exhibition
1959 Awarded the Osaka Prefectural Arts prize
1981 Awarded the Fourth class of the Zuiho-sho (Sacred treasure) from the country
1983 Awarded a "Konjyu Hou-Shou (Dark blue ribbon medal)" from the country. (an award given to one who has dedicated a large amount of their own property or funds for the benefit of the country.)
1991 Remained active as a councilor of the Nitten exhibitions and the Nihon Shin kogei Bijutsu Association, and a permanent governer of the Osaka Kogei Assiciation.
Gave the name Chikuunsai 3rd to his son and named himself as "Icchikusai"



2nd
Chikuunsai 2nd

kikko sukashi ami
Chikuunsai 2nd
"Kikkou Sukashi-ami gourd-shaped
flower basket"

 

Chikuunsai 1st was specialized in Karamono (Chinese style) and made profound works. Chikuunsai 2nd specialized in Sukashi-ami, which is a style of open mesh weave. This weaving technique requires a high craftsmanship. With the idea that the beauty of bamboo lies in the Sukashi, Chikuunsai 2nd has made numbers of Sukashi-ami works done in the weaving technique such as Kikko-ami (Turtle shell shaped weave), and Uroko-ami (scale shaped weave). On the other hand, Chikuunsai 2nd was attracted to the Susu bamboo (bamboo that was used in old houses, stained by smoke over a long period) of Houbi bamboo (thin and small bamboo) and weaved them wildly. These two opposite style is what brings about his magnificence.

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Chikuunsai Tanabe III

Chikuunsai 3rd



[1941- ]
1941 Born in Osaka
1964 After graduating Musashino Art University, studied under his father Chikuunsai 2nd, Shochikusai Ookubo and Tadayoshi Tsukayoshi.
1969 Given the name "Shouchiku"
1977 Awarded the Mayor prize from the Osaka Kogei Exhibition.
1991 At the age of 51, assumed the name Chikuunsai 3rd.
"Rinshou" purchased by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
"Hou" purchased by Tokyo Narional Museum of Modern Art
Exhibitions done in Tailand, United States, Korea and Newzealand.

 

 

Chikuunsai 3rd uses Yadake (bamboo used to make arrows and fishing poles), which were still found where he lived during his childhood. He was attracted to the beauty and the tenseness of this bamboo. He used the point of the bamboo as a dot and the straightness of it as a line and the structure of using dots and line to make a plane was constructed. At this time, baskets without frame was new and his works were commented for using young bamboo obediently.


joumon
Chikuunsai 3rd "Joumon"

 

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Shochiku Tanabe

Shochiku Tanabe



[1973- ]
1973 Born in Osaka
1999 Graduated Tokyo University of Fine Art majored in sculpture.
Studies at Beppu Take Kogei learning center in Oita and his father Chikuunsai 3rd.
2000 Awarded the Oita Mayor prize at the Bamboo Art in Everyday Exhibition
Works on sculptures using Tora-dake (a kind of bamboo) and traditional Chikuunsai works.
Exhibitions done in United States, Europe, Korea and Newzealand.
2001 Work has been purchased by Philadelphia Museum.
2005 Work has been purchased by Seattle Museum.

 

 

Connection-life
Shochiku Tanabe "Connection-life"
shochiku
Shochiku Tanabe "Mononou"

 

Connection-bond
Shochiku Tanabe "Spannung"
shochiku
Shochiku Tanabe "Connection-bond"

 

 

 

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Mitsuko Tanabe

Mitsuko Tanabe



[1944- ]
1944 Born in Osaka as the second daughter of 5th lacquer craftman, Sakon Kawabata.
1970 Marries Chikuunsai 3rd and studies under his father in law, Chikuunsai 2nd and her husband Chikuunsai 3rd.
1988 Awarded the Mayor prize of Osaka prefecture at Sakai city exhibition.
1997 Awarded the Osaka Kogei Kourou (for the one who has given merit)
2002 Awarded from Nihon Gendai Kogei exhibition and many others.
2001 Exhibited in Boston for メChikuunsai Exhibitionモ. Other exhibitions in Europe, Korea and Newzealand

 


Okina
Mitsuko Tanabe "Okina (the old man)"

 

 

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Exhibition View: click image to enlarge.

 

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2006japonism   2006 July : "Flower Baskets of the Japonism"
at International House of Japan and Suntory Museum of Osaka


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"Flower Baskets of the Japonism"
2006 Autumn exhibition

 

[Tokyo]
Oct.22nd (Sun) 11:00-19:00
International House of Japan, Toriizaka, Roppongi

[Osaka]
Sept.29nd (Fri), Oct.1st(Sun) 10:00-18:00 (last entrance until17:30)
Sept.30st(Sat) 10:00-20:00 (last entrance until19:30)
Suntory Museum of Osaka
Free
Organized by Hanabako Tokyo Gallery

 

bamboo Illumination
Mareta
Ranman
blue flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hayakawa Shokosai "A hat and a hat case "

Meiji to Taishyo period (flower: Pompondahlia) Photo: Shuhei Fujita
About this work:A wisteria hat made by Shokosai during the Meiji period. Inside, there is a sign "Syokosai of the great Japan" and a leather surounding the head is decorated with lacquered patterns. You can see that this was a pretty expensive order-made hat. The fancy hat case with a green cloth inside is made just for this hat to fit.
The Kabuki actor Danjuro 9th loved this hat of Shokosai and his pupils admired him for this.
Shyokosai Hayakawa 1st (1815-1897 born in Fukui, worked in Osaka

Shokosai Hayakawa

 

"Flower Baskets of the JAPONISM"
The Japonism wind of the 19th century is traveling over to freshen our air.

 

At the Paris Expo of 1925, Japan recieved many prize for bamboo baskets and it revieled the high artistry of Japanese Kogei (industrial art).
We will be exhibiting around 50 works from the Meiji, Taishyo period of which the Japonism(1) won its great popularity during that time, to the present contemporary works, at one of the buildings of a historical architecture, the International House of Japan(2), facing a Japanese garden of 2.4 acres. The collaboration work of Michiko Katayama(a) and Yoshio Okuyama(b) proposes a new concept of contemporary Japonism by their instalation.
The estetics of Japan fostered until today, rooting on its tradition, might give a new surprise to us Japanese, who have pursued the Western culture for a long time.

[Collaborator]
(a) Michiko Katayama: Flower arrangement
(Graduated from Mass communications of Seijyo University and studied at Constance Spry The Flower School in England. After returning Japan, established "Spacia". Displayed flowers for Ana Sui's press release and helped founding bouquet shop in B.P.Q.C. Isetan Shinjuku. Now she is teaching at a flower arrangement school and displays flowers for bridals and evnets.)

(b) Yoshio Okuyama: Display design
(A member of Display Design Association Co., teaching at Tokyo Designers school. After graduating Musashino Art College, displays stores such as "Toraya" and "MIKIMOTO" and is a free-lance display designer since 2004.)

Shuhei Fujita: Photographer


[Works exhibited]
(deceased artists)
Shokosai Hayakawa (1815-1997 born in Fukui, worked in Osaka)
Rokansai Iizuka (1890-1958 born in Tochigi)
Chikuhosai Maeda 2nd (1917-2003 born in Osaka, A living national treasure)

(contemporary artists)
Yasuo Tatsumi (1953- , born in Osaka)
Yasushi Hiroi (1958- , born in Gunma)

(1)Japonism: At the end of 19th century, Japanese art attracted attention to the western world, which was triggered by the expo's during that time, and gave many influence on the Impressionists and the Art Nouveau artists.
(2)International House of Japan (I-House): An work of 3 architects, who represent modern Japanese architect. The aim of this work was to harmonize modern architecture with Japanese garden. In 1956, it won the Japanese Architecture Academic Society prize. More over, this garden carry on the garden of the former Iwasaki-tei (Iwasaki house). The garden of 2.4 acres was made by a master gardener, Jihei Ogawa. This work is said to be his best.

 

Exhibition View

 

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2006tea ceremony   2006 March : "Tea Ceremony with Tea Baskets" at Meguro


tea ceremony and baskets

"Tea Ceremony with Tea Baskets"

 

March 21st (Sun) and 28th (Sun) 2006
At tea room of Owner's house in Meguro
Fee:2,000yen
Organized by:Hanabako

 

 

 

2006 May, Hanabako has reached its 5th year since its openning. As a gratitude to my customers, I celebrated this occasion by having a tea ceremony at a small tea room of my house in Meguro.
It is said that tea baskets are next important to tea box (container for the tea cup).
Although this was not the formal way, I enjoye the cup of tea and had a good time with my customers and friends.
For those who had joined this party, thank you again and I hope to see you soon.

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2006tea baskets and fukusa 2006 April : "Tea Baskets and Antique Fukusas"
at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


tea basket

"Tea Baskets and Antique Fukusas"

 

April 12th (Wed) - 28th (Fri) 2006
12:00 - 17:00
Hanabako (Tokyo, Nihonbashi)
Organized by:Hanabako

 

 

 

We exhibited baskets and "fukusas" (cloth used in casual or formal Japanese tea ceremonies). These baskets have embroidery antique cloth, Japanese sarasas (printed textiles), and Indian sarasas stitched in baskets, and gold work attached on to baskets. We asked Ms. Kyoko Suzuki, a goldsmith (silversmith as well) to make unique gold work of a gourd, a fox, moon, and an owl to be placed onto baskets of Mr.Chikusei Watanabe and Kouetsu Sugiura.
We are exhibited bowls that are put into baskets, a work of Mr.Jyunsuke Asai, Antique silver bottle, vase-shaped tea-cloth holder, and many other fukusas and fukusa wrappers as well.

Fukusas at Hanabako.com:「Antique European Print (Sarasa) Fukusa

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2005yami 2005 November - 2006 January: "Waiting for the Darkness...II"
at Nihonbashi, Shibuya, and Nagoya


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"Waiting for the Darkness...II"

16:00-20:00
2005 11/24-12/11 Tokyo
Hanabako, Nihonbashi from sunset

2005 Dec. 15th - 21st
Tokyu Department Store, Handcraft Gallery, Shibuya

16:00-20:00
2006 1/11-23 Nagoya
Art GLYCINE, Nagoya
Organized by:Hanabako

See also...
"Waiting for the Darkness..." from 2004

 

 

 

For this exhibition, we mainly exhibited new works of Mr.Shono (born 1942), and Mr.Yonezawa (born 1952). Mr.Shono have received many prizes, such as from Nitten, and Mr.Yonezawa's works are collected by many foreign museums. such as by The Contemporary Museum (Honolulu).
The light that comes through the bamboos brings about the elegant form of itself in the darkness. The pattern of light and shadow made through the braids are soft and warm, but at times they show bold and unexpected images in the space, which brings you to a world of phantasms.
<Exhibiting artists in order of born year> (born year, born place)
Tokuzo Shono (1942 Oita), Jiro Yonezawa (1952 Oita), Hafu Matsumoto (1952 Tokyo), Yasuo Tatsumi (1953 Osaka), Kotoya Hiroi (1958 Gunma), Ikkou Kubo (1969 Osaka), Hajime Nakatomi (1974 Osaka), Housuke Yamamoto(1976 Kyoto), and others.

 

Hanabako, Nihonbashi

 

Tokyu Department Store Handcraft Gallery 8th floor, Shibuya

 

Art Glycine, Nagoya
art glycine

 

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2005Hatakeyama Memorial   2005 October : "A Day to Enjoy Autumn Flowers in Baskets"
at Hatayama Memorial


tea room

"A Day to Enjoy Autumn Flowers in Baskets"

 

October 15th (Sat), 16th (Sun) 10:00 - 16:00
At tea room (Sui-an, Meigetsu-ken, Sana-an) of Hatayama Memorial, Shiraganedai

 

 


 

Of favorable repute from exhibition of 2004 at Hatayama Memorial, we exhibited flower baskets for two days over the weekend. (also see: 2004 October: "A Day to Enjoy Autumn Flowers in Baskets" and 2007 August : "The Mind of Lotus Bamboo works of lotus flowers and leaves")
We invited Takeuchi Norio, the currator of the Hatayama Memorial, to prepare the flowers and instalations. Further more, we have had over 250 visitors for Takeuchi's lecture about flowers and baskets for both days on11:00 and 14:00.
We exhibited a setting in three tea rooms of Hatayama Memorial for visitors to enjoy an Autumn weekend. We used the tea rooms: Sui-an -- a *1Sanjyodaime style room, Meigetsu-ken -- a *2Shoin style room, and Sana-an -- a *3Souan style of wall and floor.

In the exhibition from 2004, we have exhibited Chinese baskets and *4Mitate baskets. This year, we selected traditional Chinese baskets, including copies of Chinese baskets done by Japanese craftsman, and works of contemporary artists which were both extremes.
At these distinctive tea rooms, we exhibited works of bamboo artists who represents Japanese articrafts and Takeuchi's unrestricted ideas of flowers. Artists were: Soho Katsushiro, who has been recognized as National Human Treasure, Chikuho Minoura, who is well known overseas but have little chance to see in Japan, Tokuzo Shono, Hafuu Matsumoto, and Jiro Yonezawa. (Organizer: Hanabako hanabako.com)

[Norio Takeuchi]
1947 born in Kouchi prefecture, Japan, Graduated Ootani University graduate course and master's degree of Buddism culture. 1984 becomes currator of Hatayama Memorial foundation. Holds a class of flower arrangement for tea for tea ceremony lovers and makes effort for spreading it.
Publishment: "Tea Ceremony Flower Making Easy" (Sekaibunka) and more.

 

 

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2005flower basket  

2005 March : "Baskets up to 60,000yen" at Hanabako, Nihonbashi



bamboo flower basket

Baskets up to 60,000yen

 

2005 3/18-3/26
Hanabako, Nihonbashi

 

From last year's Autumn exhibition, we had Master Takeuchi Norio of Tea ceremony flower to decorate our baskets.
We selected reasonable baskets up to 60,000yen, for visitors to enjoy their selection.

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2004autumn baskets   2004 October : "A Day to Enjoy Autumn Flowers in Baskets"
at Hatayama Memorial


hatayama memorial

 

"A Day to Enjoy Autumn Flowers in Baskets"

 

2004 10/16
At tea room of Hatayama Memorial, Shiraganedai

 

 

 


This was a one day exhibition at a tea room of Hatayama Memorial. Many flowers in flower baskets were exhibited. On 2005, we exhibited for two days.
Also see exhibition of 2005 October : "A Day to Enjoy Autumn Flowers in Baskets" and
exhibition of 2007 August : "The Mind of Lotus Bamboo works of lotus flowers and leaves".

 

 

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2004 spring baskets   2004 February : "Flower Baskets of the Early Spring"
at Hanabako, Nihonbashi


「早春の花籠展」

"Flower Baskets of the Early Spring"

 

2004 2/13-2/22
Hanabako, Nihonbashi

 

Exhibition of baskets with flowers of the early spring.
It is written in "Nanpouroku" that at tea ceremonies, Rikyu appreciated baskets very much.
The harmony between the early spring flowers and baskets has warmth and the beauty of dignity.

 

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