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To coincide with the launch of our Shokunin Collection and arrival of Yo-Ho Brewery craft beers, this month MoCU turned its attention to the land of the rising sun and a recent revolution in Japanese brewing for cultural inspiration. In celebration we're featuring some international and local Japanese cultural items reflective of the creativity and precision of Japanese production.


Japanese born, Tweed Heads based artist Hiromi Tango is an artist obsessed with the hand made and the tactile. She creates large scale installations out of wool and twine that become immersive environments for the viewer. Her recent work at the Art Gallery of South Australia for the Adelaide Biennale involved a large scale wool work that descended the stair case into the main gallery. The audience was invited to contribute to its making and Tango ran workshops with children to directly involve them in its production.


Cult Japanese label Comme Des Garçons  has been examining the cross over between art and fashion since the late Sixties. Owner Rei Kawakubo has had a passion for this intersection since the label’s inception. Recently Comme has expanded its offering with several high profile collaborations and an expanding diffusion line entitled Play that was launched in 2002. Comme has collaborated with the likes of Nike, Jordan, Supreme, and Louis Vuitton. CDG will be showcase in an exhibition this year at the Metropolitan Museum, New York. The exhibition will feature an extensive survey of garments and collaborations with ten photographers including Ari Marcopoulos, and Craig McDean. The exhibition opens in May 2017.

INHABIT: SANAA sejima-ryue-nishizawa

Plans are well underway for an ambitious extension to Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales utilising a design by Japanese Starchitects Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA). The project, entitled Sydney Modern follows on from globally recognised projects such as Sanna’s New Museum project in New York. Their buildings are regarded for their outward simplicity masking complex layers of construction. liu; 51768774b3fc4b20140001c2-factory-building-on-the-vitra-campus-sanaaphoto

DRINK: Yo-Ho Brewery

Until 1994 the beer scene in Japan was dominated by four major producers who created mainly pale-coloured light lagers. However, the removal of strict laws that prevented small quantity production heralded the birth of a vibrant beer culture, which included the production of craft beer styles little known in Japan, like ales. Yo-Ho Brewery began brewing ales, like Yona Yona, with the intention of letting the Japanese people discover the rich and varied tastes of this style, and over time have perfected the artisanal practices required for ale production.

MoCU now features 10 new Japanese artisanal beers that distil centuries of brewing tradition into a diverse and engaging Collection, available in limited quantities.

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