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Tools and cleaning movements from Japanese culture

Co-Curation and Space Design

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Jerusalem, Israel



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Cleaning is a major element of Japanese culture and society, and has been for thousands of years. Today, this is apparent not only in every religious and cultural ceremony, but also on every street corner, train and nearly any other public space in Japan.

The act of cleaning exists throughout the world, yet the Japanese approach to cleaning goes way beyond that of a practical chore. It is also a core part of the education system, a moment in time that allows for clean thinking and reflection, a symbol of hospitality and much more.

The repetitive cleaning process provides an opportunity to contemplate cleanliness in one’s self and in society. The essence of cleaning is the accumulation of feelings and actions of people taking responsibility for themselves and others. Cleaning is a never ending process and an ongoing natural cycle of ephemeral yet repetitive movements.

For this reason, design, sensitivity and immense wisdom are all incorporated into the Japanese cleaning tools.

This exhibition is the outcome of accumulated personal experiences and interactions.

Through the presented tools, movements and sounds we wish to create an insight into our understanding of the different elements which are all part of a fascinating Japanese culture.

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Project Credits:

Takeshi Yamamura  Architect, Curator

Arieh Rosen  Culture Researcher, Curator

Natalia Sanz-Lavina  Architect, Curator

Noam Levinger  Artist, Creator 


TAJIMI Custom Tiles  

Yokoyama Tatami  

Shirakiya Denbei

Yoga shrine - Miyake Kohsuke, Kazutomi Maezawa   

Ori Topaz 

Kanata Mori

Studio Gimel 2

Studio Onder de Linde

Special thanks to Tal Erez and Anat Safran.

The exhibition was ordered and prepared for the Jerusalem Design Week 2022 which was held by the Jerusalem Municipality through the Jerusalem Development Authority.

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