Section will be in charge of the upcoming Marimekko Tea Ceremony.


Studying the Marimekko Exhibit and the Marimekko Spirit Exhibit, the organizers were reminded why Marimekko is loved all around the world.




We have chosen the following 3 themes for this Tea Ceremony.


"Release" from the Marimekko Spirit of founder Armi Ratia


The source of Marimekko's design concepts in nature, and "blurring" and "materials" from Finland's nature



In the early 1950's, there was a movement in Finland to release women from their traditional role as housewives. Marimekko was founded in tandem with this movement.


Its business was executed in the hope of promoting gender equality and helping women balance work with their personal lives.


The company still has 90% female employees today, and practices work-life balance.


The spirit of Marimekko founder Armi Ratia and her incorporation of design as a way to enrich daily life is still treasured today.



One important element in the success of Marimekko's designs is that they are multifaceted and present beauty in contradictory ways.

This is embodied in the harmony of colors and patterns, or a captivating union like the rhythm of jazz.




So what kind of place is Finland to produce designs like Marimekko's?



Finland is a country with 188,000 lakes, and over 70% of its territory is surrounded by beautiful forests.


The reason it produces so many legends like Moomin and Santa Claus must lie in the breathtakingly beautiful phenomena produced by this magnificent natural scenery.


Although the scale differs, I think this resonates with the sensibilities of Japanese people, who have long been close to nature and waxed poetic about its many beauties.


The Tea Ceremony has always incorporated the changes in the seasons and been conducted with all five senses.


I thought of one of the themes for this ceremony, "cultures coming together," not because I wanted to simply line up Marimekko items at the Tea Ceremony, but because I wanted to use traditional Japanese art to creatively express the modern Japanese sensibility that has been cultivated by Japan's beautiful nature and confront Marimekko with it.


Even if something seems a little out of place, I think that's exactly where a chemical reaction can happen and hide the seeds of new expressions and new cultures waiting to bloom.


Please come share this experience.







Marimekko Tea Ceremony in Kasama

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1. Release

Release from the earth, suspension


2. Blur

Exchange between cultures


3. Materials

Cloth, water, paper, stone, porcelain, glass


We will keep you up to date on our Tea Ceremony sessions using these three concepts on this blog

■ merimekko茶会 EpisodeⅠ~西ノ内紙~

■ marimekko茶会 Episode Ⅱ~人間国宝 前田昭博先生~

■ marimekko茶会 Episode Ⅲ~マリメッコの着物~

■ marimekko茶会 Episode Ⅳ ~水指~

■ marimekko茶会 Episode Ⅴ ~水指とガラス~

■ marimekko茶会 Episode Ⅵ ~茶杓~

■ marimekko茶会 Episode Ⅶ ~section『茶会記』~

■ marimekko茶会 Episode Ⅷ ~お菓子~

■ ブログmarimekko茶会開催ビックリマーク




● Marimekko Tea Ceremony applications


Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum


Dates and times: May 3 (holiday) and 4 (holiday), 2018




Venue: Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum

Basement, Open Gallery

Marimekko Tea Ceremony "Shinri-an"


Capacity: First 10 people for each session

(In order of arrival. Advance registration possible.)


Participation fee: ¥500


The Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum is accepting reservations by phone or fax.

Phone: 0296-70-0011

Fax: 0296-70-0012


* A collection of Section publications describing all previous Tea Ceremonies will be available at the shop for ¥500 plus tax on the day of the ceremony.






● From the Soko Ebisawa Tea Ceremony School


Next lesson on Saturday, May 26, 2018

Explanation of seasonal haiku words and classical Japanese poems (Waka) included each month

Since January, a session starting at 7 pm is also available


Workshop on Sunday, May 27

In this workshop you can experience "wabi," the essence of the Tea Ceremony.



You can join either of the above regardless of your experience level.

You are also welcome to observe.

Please book in advance.



*Please type WAXWANE in lowercase letters before sending.