WABI SABI is about Japanese aesthetic values, and it’s also a series of exhibits presented at Japan Expo every year since 2011, which offer a unique insight of Japanese arts and crafts. A cultural and artistic journey to the heart of a space dedicated to Japanese culture and traditions!
Over 700 sqm, the WABI SABI exhibit unveils various artistic works and techniques, pursuing the same goal as in the previous years. Craftsmen and artists are part of it: with 60 craftsmen, the arts and crafts exhibit brings together 50 booths displaying calligraphy works, traditional dolls, ceramics, and so many more fascinating items.
Divalize adapted Japanese designs to match with Wester style.
They also exhibit kimono on the booth.
Keiho NAKAHARA was inspired by the masks used for dance performances. Those masks were made out of light wood to make it easier for dancers to wear. Nowadays, they are made out of stronger woods and are used as decorations.
Ginko KIKUCHi created her own universe of beauty and sensuality through her work. She only creates embossed items to highlight the colors she uses.
Discover Japanese traditional craftworks with Hello Kitty designed in it.
Those pieces of art are listed in the UNESCO world heritage. The drawings in it were made with the chigiri-e technique. Nowadays, they are printed on t-shirts or various items that you can discover in underground stores in Japan like Village/Vanguard. The use of those drawings in the modern world brings them up to date.
These Japanese printmaking are special: they use the images of kabuki actors and the makeup of the members of KISS. Artists are paying attention to every detail: from the patterns on the kimono that represent the 47 ronin to the makeup of the famous rock band members. Thanks to colored shapes, details are highlighted.
The artist started the art of shippo cloisonné in 1980. This traditional metal work allows to make modern designs. Kimiko IKEDA presents artworks at events in Japan and abroad, and at Japan Expo.
This studio works on mizuhiki from the design to the sale. They particularly work on Japanese house heraldries. Their creations are sold in the whole Japan for anniversary celebrations or the construction of a new building. Yui BIJUTSUKOUGEI uses an ancestral technique to bring them up to date in modern Japan.
Hourai MIKASA's art is made with various kinds of papers assembled for stunning results. The subtle delicateness of the details makes it very realistic.
Kamiuchuu makes kraft papers and pop-up pieces of art. They can create new kinds of creations using different types of paper. They want to make people know how much paper is something unique.
Ryoko OGAWA uses a traditional way using stencils to dye clothes. This meticulous work needs many steps. This difficult process starts from sketches and needs many different tools. The color pigments used for this work are all natural and come from Japanese flora. This way, it only shows colors you can see in nature. This art is the crystallization of the beauty of Japanese nature.
Seisakusho GOTOMIHUKUSOU makes men costumes. He uses a traditional way using stencils to dye clothes. This way, he creates a new kind of clothes with a rock style!
Jyune YAMAGUCHI makes flowers with kimono or obi belt material. She shows you her original creations, from a mere flower to whole bouquets, the encounter of ancient material with modern design.
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Yoko YOKOUCHI creates material flowers by making each single petal which she paints and sews. The artist makes realistic flowers, but also more abstract flowery creations with imaginary shapes and colors. On her booth, you’ll also see Japanese washi paper flowers.
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