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ABSENCE OF THE TEA MASTER at Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy, Japan     西田幾多郎記念哲学館 ホアイエ

Ishikawa NISHIDA KITARO Museum of Philosophy

1,Uchihikakui ,Kahoku-cityIshikawa,Japan


2013-0220 (13:00-16:00


This ’0-event at Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy is part of an intense research project and a collaboration between visual artists Akane Nakamori (JP) and Margret Wibmer (NL/A).


absence of the teamaster was produced as a life performance and a video at Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy in Japan in 2013. 


Negotiating differences in Eastern and Western concepts of space, social relations, body and nature, art and its representation, drove the artistic process. The concept, developed by Margret Wibmer and Akane Naka-Mori, is based on a reinterpretation of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, inviting new thoughts about the value of ancient rituals and relations between political power and the body. The role of the teamaster was interpreted by contemporary dancer Kiyomi Yamashita, composer Minowa Norihito designed a soundscape and soundsystem. Choreography, sound, design of the garments and other props was furthermore inspired by the amazing architectural design of Tadao Ando. All invited participants during the performance were experts in the field of contemporary art and/or preservation of cultural heritage, including Tokio based tea master Fuyuko Kobori. Their feedback was of great value for the further development of successive performances in Europe. The garments were designed and hand-crafted by Margret Wibmer in collaboration with Kanazawa Bunka Fashion College’s students and tutors. The fabrics were provided by the Japanese textile company Komatsu Seiren Co., Ltd.





We invite artists and experts from other fields to join our projects and to contribute either as participants or advisors. Their feedback and contribution is essential for the development of our projects, which not only reflect Japanese culture but also historic relations between the East and the West.




Akane Nakamori  [Suisei-art]

Margret Wibmer  [Mbassy Unlimited]

Dancer: Kiyomi Yamashita

Soundcomposition: Norihito Minowa

Sound technician: Norihiro Mori

Costumes and photography: Margret Wibmer

Glass bowl: Masaki Kusada

Trays: Takuma Pottery

Original sweets: Yoshihashi, Kanazawa

Teacoordinator: Yoriko Nakagawa

video: Shoko Takimoto and Kenichi Tani


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6 participatins


Yoshiaki Sakamoto
坂本 善昭

Hiroaki Ochiai
落合 博晃

Megumi Takabatake
高畠 恵

Yoko Ueda
上田 陽子

Fuyuko Kobori

Kjell Hahn
キール ハーン



view from above


participants rehearsal:


井上 大輔 Daisuke Inoue
池尻 藍 Ai Ikejiri
山本 江梨 Eri Yamamoto
山内 祥太 Syota Yamamoto
土方 大 Dai Hijikata
田 聡美 Satomi Den


Supported by:


Komatsu Seiren CO.,Ltd.



Hisae Hashimoto
(tutor)Emi Fukaya
(tutor) Kazuhiro Nomura
(student) , Yukiko Nishimura
(student) , Haruka Hori
(student) , Miyuu Yoshimura (student)


Mondriaan Foundation, The Netherlands


The Austrian Federal Ministry for the Education, the Art and Culture


Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Innsbruck (Austria)


The making of the costumes


The costumes were designed by Margret Wibmer and fabricated  in collaboration with Kanazawa Bunka fashion college students and tutors. Hisae Hashimoto 
(tutor), Emi Fukaya 
(tutor), Kazuhiro Nomura 
(student), Yukiko Nishimura 
(student), Haruka Hori
(student), Miyuu Yoshimura (student).


The fabrics were provided by Komatsu, which is based in Hokuriku region in Japan.













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Fashion tutor Emi Fukaya cutting several layers of this extremely light weight and slippery fabric with Japanese precision.




Margret Wibmer explaining the construction of the coat to students. Akane Nakamori translated from English to Japanese.










image above: hand stitched seams


Inviting the visitors to our event:


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Information about the event by normal Japanese letter together with a secret message punched onto the envelop in Braille technique. It says: ‘Zen is Music , Zen is art , Zen is movement , anything else can comfort us’. This is a quote by Kitaro Nishida (famous Japanese philosopher). The letters are not readable by sight. Tactile perception is used as opposed to visual perception.


More images and explanations will be added to this section to explain the preparation process.


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Original sweets are exclusively made by Yoshihasi, a Kanazawa based famous

sweets maker for tea. The shape of the sweets are from the painting of zen.



When the bell rings, it is the sign for changing the air which means that the place is going to change into the another world; utopia, matrix, space ship , etc. people will know inbetween bell ring, is not the real world.


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preparing the sound: composer Minowa Norihito and sound technician Norihiro Mori 


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rehearsal for choreografie: Akane Nakamori and Kyomi Yamashita


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Kiyomi Yamashita





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preparing tray for sweets


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1st day of testing for filming


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students and tutor from Kanazawa College of Art and Design during first rehearsal 


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warming up


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