My Japanese Journal

Mizuhiki Jewelry
Mizuhiki (水引) is an ancient Japanese art form that uses a special decorative cord  to create traditional decoration, given away at Japanese occasions.⠀ Mizuhiki embodies a range of significant cultural meanings. ⠀ In the past Year I have been studying...
Furoshiki Traditional Wrapping
Lately I read an essay by the Japanese critic Kusamori Shin'ichi where he describes a scene of poetry reading in Kyoto University in the 1960's. What caught my attention is the description of the professor holding the poetry books carefully under one arm...
LOVE
A few years ago I showed a solo exhibition titled “Love Does(nt) Exist)”.  The exhibition was inspired by the absence of a word for ‘love’ in Juhuri, a language spoken by Jews in the Caucasus. Working on the exhibition I...
"MA"
At my Ikebana classes we often speak about “MA” - the space between the branches and flowers; this negative space is the balance between everything. MA space is an essential component and often the focal point of creating a traditional...
"Tsundoku"
"Tsundoku" is a word existing only in Japanese. It means “Leaving a new book unread after buying it and just letting it pile up with the other unread lonely books in your house.” If you are a book lover like me,...
Harmony
Although I don't speak Japanese (which is a daily struggle), the Japanese language and the folded meanings it holds is fascinating to me.  Each time I reveal a certain word's meanful meaning I feel like someone has just told me...
Traditional Japanese Packaging
Traditional Japanese packaging is an art form that applies sophisticated design and natural aesthetics to simple objects.Years ago I fell in love with the book "How to wrap five eggs" which was originally published in 1975. This book is an elegant presentation...
"Mono no aware"
"Mono no aware" Is a Japanese word with no translation in English. It means: "the bittersweetness of a brief and grading moment of transcendent beauty". This phrase is meant to talk about a heightened appreciation of the beauty in things...