The Branch Spring hours :
Summer Solstice Picnic
June 22, 19:00
住吉公園 Sumiyoshi Park!
The Branch an ecological art space, pocket farm, and community cafe in Osaka, Japan. We are also home to the City as Nature 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.
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…)