Welcome to The Branch

The Branch an ecological art space, pocket farm, and community cafe in Osaka, Japan. We are also home to the SocieCity ecological art and media lab, which produces artist-led stories and actions.

We welcome locals and visitors from abroad to explore the nature of sustainability together. Visitors can stop by during our business hours, or join one of our interactive exhibitions or workshops featuring local and international artists and practitioners, all of it aimed at cultivating relationships between people and nature.

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @branchosaka

Recent Events

A Nature Mandala: Growing Seeds in a Shopping Mall

As much as we could—and albeit, it’s not much in a Japanese shopping mall—our experiment in engaging with holiday shoppers at MUJI this past weekend offered subtle notes: nothing is permanent, slow down, listen to nature, be closer to nature, play with nature, you don’t need to buy anything to do this.

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Alicia Bay Laurel performs an acoustic live concert at The Branch in Osaka, Japan Alicia Bay Laurel Acoustic Live & The Real Sharing Economy

Alicia Bay Laurel is an American artist, author, and musician, well known for her bestselling 1970 book Living On The Earth, a notable guide for participants in the American back-to-the-land movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Having become good friends with Alicia in the past few years, we’ve starting making use of the real sharing economy together

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Event Recap: Herb Tea Blending Workshop

Suhee has been happily working these days, to cultivate, wash, harvest, and dry herbs from several neighborhood gardens here in Kitakagaya. After some months of preparation, last Saturday we debuted the “Herb Tea Blending” workshop at The Branch.

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A space for connecting art, environment, and community.

The Branch hosts resident artists from Japan and around the world who are working variously with relationships between human beings and the wider natural environment.

Artists spend time thinking, exploring, and working in The Branch and the surrounding Kitakagaya neighborhood, holding an exhibition at The Branch during their stay.

To foster interaction between artists and the local neighborhood and city, all resident artists undertake some form of community interaction during their stay.

The Branch “Pocket Farm”

A place in the city to re-claim our relationship with nature.

We designed, built, and manage an urban garden/park filled with herbs and vegetables, and open to the public. Inspired by the tiny “pocket parks” of Patrick Geddes, and built in the spirit of natural farmers such as Masanobu Fukuoka and Yoshikazu Kawaguchi, activities here are based in a compassion for all living beings.

The herbs grown in The Branch Pocket Farm are used for teas, herbal oils, tinctures, and all other sorts of good things that you can enjoy at our community cafe; as well, much of the harvest is given freely to our neighbors.

Concept plans for The Branch Herb Garden in Kitakagaya

The Branch Herb Garden is a space to re-connect ourselves with nature amid the urban setting of Osaka, and it also serves as a central point for many of our workshops and events.

Workshops and Events

Sharing traditional and contemporary ecological knowledge and skills across cultural borders.

From gardening, yoga, and meditation, to art, craft, and media, The Branch offers time and space for sharing, learning, and growing together. Workshops and events are facilitated by Suhee and Patrick, along with a cast of local and international visiting practitioners.

All workshops are offered on a ‘pay-it-forward’ donation basis. This means your workshop experience is supported by a donation from the person who took the workshop before you. If you found the workshop valuable, you are encouraged to pay it forward for the next.

News

Nick Reeves Award for Arts and Environment

We’ve just been notified that The Branch has received a special commendation from the 2018 Nick Reeves Award for Arts and the Environment! This award is given annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of environmental arts, and administered by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Centre for Contemporary Art …