The Japanese word 卉 (ki) means various types of grass. When combined with the word 奏 (sou) together, 卉奏 (kisou) becomes “an orchestra of grasses”.
“Every voice has its own significance, even if it is as unnoticeable as a cell.” Such is the belief of Shinohara Tomoyuki, the shop owner of kisou, which was founded in March 2008. On top of his own works of leather goods and copperware, Tomoyuki also features in his shop products made by other artists, which are mostly homeware. “To represent the lesser-heard voices from everyone”, as put by the shop owner.
In the shop of kisou, there is a notable square window that frames the courtyard garden, in which the beautiful changes of the four seasons can be seen. A copperware chopstick rest made by Tomoyuki, named as “A shatter of the forest”, is exactly his own interpretation of the peaceful scenery. In the shape of a curled up leaf with hues of brownish yellow and even insect bite marks, the piece really looks like a fallen leaf that accidentally lands onto a dining table. “A fallen leaf may have a fleeting life. Soon the new round of leaves will appear on the buds, before they wilt and wait for yet another rebirth again. And so it goes, the cycle of life.” Such chapters of everyday life always happen quietly and easily go unnoticed. But if you are looking through the same window every day, you will probably notice the slight change of scenery? “You can only see a fallen leaf to fall from the branch once. So every piece of them is unique.”
That square frame of scenery probably remains as the source of inspiration for Tomoyuki. His work always revolves around two themes – wilting plants and tears. All things must pass, regardless of its significance, let’s embrace the small things like the little joy of life.