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Swirling Wisdom, Future Folk Implements

Shimekazari are rice straw rope decorations that have been made all throughout Japan. They are intended to welcome Toshigami, a New Year’s god that is said to bestow fortune for the new year. With the changes in lifestyle, nowadays many people put up shimekazari as a New Year’s decoration that deviates from their original meaning.
Little is known that shimekazari has more shapes and regional characteristics than imagined, and that each and every shimekazari embodies the hopes and wishes of the creator.
Captivated by shimekazari, graphic designer Sumako Mori has spent the past two decades traveling all around Japan looking for and studying shimekazari.
This exhibition displays about 100 of the various shimekazari she has researched. The exhibit explores their materials and shapes rooted in local culture and the wisdom of our ancestors that went into their creation. It shines the spotlight on their potential as “future folk implements” that can be leveraged in the modern era.

Last updated: 4 November, 2020
Date 28 November, 2020 - 27 December, 2020
Time 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Price admission free
Venue Seikatsu-Kobo Gallery, Workshop Room A, B
Carrot Tower 3, 4F, 4-1-1 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0004