Posts by Misako Mitsui

  • BASIN

    STONES
    by Misako Mitsui
    BASIN

    The exact history of basins in Japan is not clear. The oldest dated basin exists in the Joruri-ji temple in Kyoto, with an engraving from 1269. However, the tradition of cleaning one’s hands in a basin before entering a temple has existed for much longer.  (basin photos by David Stroud)

     

     

  • by Misako Mitsui
    BUNDLE OF JOY

    Some objects contain a charisma that is undeniable, despite their function or lack thereof. This bundle of the discarded ends of tatami mats, from the mid to late Edo period, is full of it.

  • by Misako Mitsui
    SELECTIVE HARMONY

    Toriawase is a centuries-old way of enjoying art works rooted in the culture of the Way of Tea – Tea Ceremony. The literal meaning of the word is: “pick up a few things and put them together.”

  • by Misako Mitsui
    AN ANCIENT CONCEPT THAT YOU ALREADY KNOW

    Until a few decades ago my family had been in the Kimono business in Kyoto for nearly two and a half centuries. The Way of Tea – Tea Ceremony culture had been a significant part of our life. When I was little, we hosted a tea event- Tea Ceremony once or twice a month. The preparations started with the careful selection of the theme, tea utensils, scroll, vase, flowers, menu, plates and bowls, etc.  All aspects were discussed during several separate meetings with our tea master, Master Yabunouchi, our flower master, Master Nishikawa, and our chef, Chef Tsujitome, and my father and grandfather.

  • by Misako Mitsui
    Toriawase - Marc D'Estout
    Toriawase - Marc D'Estout

    People often ask me, “How do I select art? How do I build a good, unique collection? How do I even know which piece is better than others?”