About

KI-CHU NEW YORK

Ki-Chu New York was founded in 2014 by Kumiko Jitsukawa in NYC.  Kichu means, “everything is within.”  All emotions are within, such as happiness, joy, and sadness.  When we share food and drink, we can share these emotions.  

Ki-Chu New York infuses traditional Japanese culture with the modern Western world.  As a Japanese lifestyle brand, Ki-Chu educates and informs a cultural expansion enjoyment of our life experience.  Currently Ki-Chu curates ceramics and lacquerware, introducing hand-selected collections to clients. Ki-Chu conveys the importance of tableware with stories behind seasonal Japanese foods in order to enhance the dining experience.  Flavors blossom when served properly, and you enjoy the experience through the delicate touch of our finest pieces.

 

 

 

KUMIKO JITSUKAWA (Founder and Creative Director)

Kumiko Jitsukawa was born in Yokohama, Japan, and moved to New York in 2001.  She studied space design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and also studied interior design at New York School of Interior Design in NYC.  She was trained as a designer and previously worked at L’Observatoire International, the world renowned design firm, and specialized in hospitality design. Kumiko has overseen various high-profile projects such as Jean-George Vongerichten's restaurant "Jean-Georges", and “Shibui Spa” of Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel.

Before moving to NYC, she learned traditional Japanese Kaiseki cuisine in Kamakura, Japan with Mrs. Hiroko Kawamura. The Kawamura family has been creating ceramics for four generations. Kichu-yo* kiln is the one adjacent to their home, where the family creates usable art.  Kumiko had learned not only the art of cooking exquisite cuisine, but also how to arrange it using the finest tableware.

 

 

 

KICHU-YO* 

Kichu-yo is a traditional climbing kiln, located in Kamakura City, Japan. It once belonged to one of the most famous ceramic artists Rosanjin Kitaoji. After Rosanjin died, the ceramic artist Kitaro Kawamura inherited the kiln by arrangement of the Zen master Daiki Tachibana of Daitokuji, which is a Buddhist temple located in Kyoto.

Kawamura family has been creating the finest ceramic works there for three generations; since then, Kitaro's grandson Kifumi Kawamura, is currently making beautiful pieces at Kichu-yo.

 ©Toshiyuki Mizuta

 

KIFUMI KAWAMURA (Ceramic Artist)  CV

1959    Born in Toyota, Aichi
            Lives and works at Kichu-yo in Kamakura, Kanagawa

 

Exhibitions and works

2017    Solo exhibition at Kyoto Takashimaya Gallery, Kyoto
             Solo exhibition at Yokohama Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama, Kanagawa

2016    Solo exhibition at Gallery Iwasado, Kamakura, Kanagawa
             Solo exhibition at Yokohama Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama, Kanagawa

2015    Group exhibition “Three-artist exhibition” at Yoshino Residence in Kamakura, Kanagawa
            Solo exhibition at at Fujisaki Art Gallery, Sendai, Miyagi

2014    Solo exhibition at Kyoto Takashimaya Gallery, Kyoto
            Group exhibitions at Yokohama (Kanagawa), Osaka (Osaka), Kakogawa (Hyogo), Karuizawa (Nagano)

2013    Solo exhibition at Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo

2008   Works on memorial gift of “Shitenkaidou shiki’” at Kencho-ji (Kenchoji Temple) in Kamakura, Kanagawa
             Solo exhibition at Kyoto Takashimaya Gallery, Kyoto

2006    Group exhibition “Three-artist exhibition” at Yoshino Residence in Kamakura, Kanagawa

2002    Works on 750-year anniversary memorial gift of the Great Buddha of Kamakura, Kanagawa

2000    Solo exhibition at Yokohama Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama, Kanagawa

 

Educations

1986    Graduates from Nihon University