Welcome to The Branch

The Branch is an ecological art and media lab located in Osaka, Japan. Our space features a small gallery, pocket farm, and community cafe which are open to the public during regular hours.

We often host exhibitions and workshops, aimed at cultivating relationships between people and nature. The Branch is our home, and also our way to give back to our community, offering time and space for locals and visitors from abroad to explore the nature of sustainability together.

Find us on Facebook and Instagram @branchosaka

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

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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Event Recap: Song for Summer Trees

On July 7, 2018, Korean musician BomNunByeol (봄눈별) joined The Branch’s Patrick Lydon (art film) for the premiere of their live music and film meditation concert.

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Exhibition Recap: Heeyoung Park

Our second artist in residence, Heeyoung Park focused on some very introspective works, and in looking so closely at the self she inevitably brought to life observations about our connections with the nature and universe around us.

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Gallery

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.

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