For 2020, the Creation Project, an annual charity event, collaborated with 160 artists who designed their own wooden Masu box. Artisans in Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture, crafted these boxes – and now they are up for display at two Ginza galleries, Creation Gallery G8 and Guardian Garden. Masu boxes originated as measuring receptacles for rice and other grains, but you might recognize them now as vessels for pretty much anything, most famously sake. Made from Japanese cypress, a material famous for its aroma and beauty, Masu are seen as having auspicious overtones (the name means “to increase”) and since they use lumber byproducts no trees are cut down expressly for their creation.
The exhibition will also feature the work of August’s “Creation Kids Lab” workshop.
All works are up for purchase at the two galleries and online, and all proceeds go to families impacted by the pandemic and the July floods.