Part 2 of a three-part post on the "Kome: The Art of Rice" exhibition
One of the aspects of "Kome: The Art of Rice" that makes it so rewarding – as a non-native speaker/reader of Japanese – is the extensive use of English in the signage for the exhibition.
This is such a profound subject, which goes to the core of Japanese agri/culture. Thankfully non-Japanese are not excluded.
To give you an idea, here are a few of the signs I snapped while I was going round the show before writing it up (for The Japan Times here…). The quality of the photos is poor; but they do illustrate the depth and scope of the show. As I said before: it's highly recommended.
From one grain, a thousand grains:
Rice culture has moulded the landscape of Japan:
Rice is not all (or always) white:
Rice and sakura, a profound connection:
Rice culture and the agricultural environment, a symbiotic network:
Rice as optimal slow food; rice balls as concentration of spiritual power:
Needess to say, all these signs are © 21_21 Design Sight, and are only reproduced here as examples of the level of attention that has gone into producing this show. The booklet you get as you enter has lots more information that helps to enhance your appreciation of this exhibition.