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.Continue reading “Springtime: Urban Herb Foraging & Herb Whiskey”
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.Continue reading “Event Recap: Herb Tea Blending Workshop”
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.
Our first artist in residence at The Branch, Jeongran Choi brought with her, some painstakingly created works of otchil (natural lacquer) and enamel, however she also packed our small gallery full of tiny drawings, most of them gifts for anyone who stopped by to take home.
A nice sunny day met us for our first workshop here at The Branch, where we had two Turkish instrument makers guide us through uncharted territory, making musical instruments of things we found thrown on the street and in trash bins.