Closed during August! (it’s too hot in this old house!)*
*some special evening events may be scheduled in August (see below or on our facebook page) however, we are not open during normal business hours.
The Branch an ecological art space, pocket farm, and community cafe in Osaka, Japan. We welcome locals and visitors from abroad to explore the nature of sustainability together through our exhibitions and workshops.
Some just stop by our community cafe, to enjoy natural herb teas, grown, dried, and blended by Suhee, right here in Kitakagaya, or our organic, co-operatively produced coffee, hand-roasted by Patrick.
A typical, old Japanese neighborhood, Kitakagaya has a few urban farms, and other various nooks and crannies hiding all sorts of herbs and edible wild plants (also known as ‘weeds’ to some). For our urban herb foraging event, Suhee prepared a ‘herb map’ of the neighborhood, and slowly guided our participants on a walk to discover these plants, and how we can use them.(more…)
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.(more…)
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.(more…)