About

KI-CHU NEW YORK

Ki-Chu New York was founded in 2014 by Kumiko Jitsukawa in NYC.  Ki-Chu New York curates traditional Japanese ceramics, and guides how to bring into our modern western life for expanding enjoyment of our life experience. We convey the importance of tableware with stories behind seasonal foods in order to enhance the Japanese dining experience.   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. We present traditional, beautiful ceramics to create a new kind of experience, so that you can touch and feel them to expand your enjoyment. You will come to realize how the flavor changes as you experience 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 worked at the renowned lighting design firm, L’Observatoire International.  She specialized in hospitality design and has overseen various high-profile projects such as Jean-George Vongerichten's restaurant  "Jean-Georges."

Before moving to New York, she learned traditional Japanese Kaiseki cuisine in Kamakura, Japan with Mrs.  Hiroko Kawamura.  The Kawamura family has been creating ceramics for many generations.  Adjacent to their home is the kiln which once belonged to one of the famous ceramic artists Rosanjin Kitaoji, which the Kawamura family inherited and used to create superior ceramic pieces.  she 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 climbing kiln, located in Kanamura City, Japan. It once belonged to on of the 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. It is one of fourteen autonomous branches of the Rinzai school of Japanese zen. The Zen master named the kiln Kichu-yo.  Kichu means “ everything is within.” It is from a passage of the Analects of Confucius.  Yo means kiln.

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