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“Wright & Doyle” is a unit formed by plant lovers; a gardener (Matt Wright) and a pattern cutter (Izabella Doyle).

A few years ago, we met for the first time when the couple visited Momosan Shop in search for some objects for their new home Chinampa: a boat house that they just designed to accommodate not only themselves but their ever expanding number of house plants.

Having their backgrounds in fine art and pattern cutting, Wright & Doyle designed and handcrafted a range of products catering to those with a passion for gardening and all things green. With every consideration to their function and form, the collection includes unique garments and accessories such as plant stands with hand casted ceramic pots and hand knotted plant hangers. Everything that they have made are the things that they use and surround themselves in their daily lives.

This week, WRIGHT & DOYLE is transforming our window with their first collection with rare plants sourced by them. We are celebrating its launch this Thu, 14th May (Friday 15th May, 6-8pm). We hope you can be part of it and enjoy a drink or two with us.

WRIGHT & DOYLE – Garden Outfitters –
Launch: Thursday 14th May, 7-9 pm Due to adverse weather forecasted on 14th, the launch has moved to Friday 15th May, 6-8pm

Momosan Shop 79a Wilton Way, London E8 1BG

Growing Tea and Grinding Ink

Wazuka cha, Ogatsu ink-stones

Calligraphy by Ms. Mami Harada

Tuesday 10th February 5.30-8.00pm

tokyobike London

87-89 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4BA

“In the craft of the master tea-maker or calligrapher we see the Japanese genius for refined self-expression” Timothy Toomey

Our friend tokyobike is hosting a special evening next week.

A variety of tea, grown by a 350 years old Wazuka farm, will be served to visitors. The evening will also offer an opportunity to informally meet a small Japanese team exhibiting and demonstrating the use of contemporary su-zu-ri (ink-stones).

Regional products like tea and suzuri (ink-stones) have been highly prized inside Japan and until recently were not widely available in the West. Now, a new generation of tea farmers and craftsmen have sought to reach a global market for their products with the support of small companies such as tokyobike and the many small and specialist tea merchants that have set themselves up across England in recent years.

Wazuka Tea

Wazuka cha is known as the tea of wisdom.

Tea has been grown in Wazuka since being imported from China during the Kamakura period (1185 -1333). The mountainous nature of the terrain makes for difficulties in harvesting but contributes to a variation in temperature between night and day providing a climate which fosters quality tea growing. Tea is an evergreen plant and the seemingly endless rows of tea bushes across the slopes of Wazuka creates a lush scenery.

The area is particularly known for the production of Uji-cha, one of Japan’s finest teas marketed by merchants in nearby Uji, but actually grown in Wazuka.

Many of the tea farms in Wazuka are family-owned. Wazuka produces a variety of teas including: Sencha, Hoji-cha, Kyoban-cha, Oolong-cha, Genmai-cha and Matcha charteristic of the tea ceremony. All of the teas that you will taste are certified organic (Japan standard).

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Ogatsu Ink-stones

Ogatsu in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, is a town that dates back to the Muromachi era. It became known for the high quality of its suzuri (ink-stone) making and is said to have once accounted for 90% of the production of Japanese ink-stones.

While the industry prospered until the latter half of the Showa Period (1926-1989) thanks to the widespread use of ink-stones in Japanese schools, it subsequently began to decline and was later completely washed away in the Tsunami that struck the area during the Great East Japan Earthquake.

In calligraphy, ink is traditionally formed by grinding ink-sticks on a suzuri; in this process the heart is calmed, following on from which, writing can commence. This approach reveals the true spirit of calligraphy and it why it has long been revered as an art.

In modern Japan the practice of making ink has all but disappeared and nowadays in schools it is common to simply use liquid ink. With the spread of digital devices, only a simplified culture of letters remains as the writing of words by hand is declining. Thus the majority of people have never experienced grinding their own ink and an entire culture of writing with brush is as much at risk as the craft of suzuri making itself.

Today, only one craftsman is left in the area, not only is the future bleak for suzuri production, but also for the training of those who would like to succeed him.

Seven young designers working alongside Mr. Ichio Endo, the last of the Ogatsu suzuri carvers, have created new ink-stone designs, which are presented in this exhibition.

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Do not miss this special opportunity!

 
 
 
 

Flat by Jay Cover

‘Flat’ is a playfully illustrated tribute to furniture, a celebration of contemporary designer makers. Humorously combining wild animals, characters and objects in homes. Flat features illustrations of furniture by Johanna Dehio, Martino Gamper, Gonçalo Campos and Studio Gorm, and Michael Marriott among others. 

Special live performance by Nic of Nous Vous will take a place, too. Hope you can join us.

 

Momosan Shop: 79a Wilton Way, London E8 1BG

Thu 4 December, 7-9pm

NEW_NEW_NEWWe are happy to announce that Momosan Shop found a new home in Hackney, on a lovely street called Wilton Way.

Official opening will be 30th October. The evening will also be the launch of new work by Dean Edmonds presented by our neighbour J. Glinert.

Momosan Bar will host the evening with home-made goodies. Please join us for a drink or two. It will be nice to see everyone again.

 

New Momosan Shop

79a Wilton Way, London E8 1BG

 

Opening Party with Dean Edmonds + J. Glinert

30 October 6-9pm

bunjo-400

Momosan shop presents Bunjō 400 Houses by STORE

STORE, a Tokyo-based fashion brand of Makoto and Saori Kunitoki, is coming to London again to run a three days workshop at Momosan Shop in tokyobike. This year, they are bringing a series of house T-shirts that you can purchase and also customise in store with prints specially designed by an artist IGIRIS.

T-Shirt + Workshop Fee : £30 / shirt

 

27th – 29th June

27th : 11am to 9pm (Momosan Bar host the evening)
28-29th : 11am to 5pm

Momosan Shop @ tokyobike
87-89 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4BA