Transition is a process of becoming, the end result is unknown.



TRANSITION is a contemporary interpretation of the Japanese tea ceremony.


Concept and production: Akane Naka-Mori and Margret Wibmer.

Organizer: Isrid van Geuns

Tea ceremony master: Fuyuko Kobori

Dance: Kiyomi Yamashita

Soundscape: Minowo Norihito

Kimonodesign: Mamechiyo 

Design garments for participants: Margret Wibmer

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tea ceremony master Fuyuko Kobori from Tokyo



Fuyuko Kobori studied Chanoyu since the age of 6, under her father, a 16th generation Tea Ceremony master and head of the Kobori-Enshu school. Kobori believes that the way to invigorate contemporary Tea Ceremony is through traditional study while embracing new ideas.


Visual artist Margret Wibmer and art curator Akane Naka-Mori have researched the power of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and have developed an exclusive event, which premiered at the Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy in Kanazawa in February 2013. For The Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam, they developed a tailor-made event for a special group of senior leaders in an environment where history and the contemporary meet. The traditional  Japanese tea ceremony is an ideal form for offering an experience that promotes vision and not only recognition; It provides an opportunity for transition by creating awareness for otherwise unnoticeable perception processes; It creates a shared space that allows participants to experience materials, objects, sound and movement  through carefully planned actions; Each element, carefully chosen and made especially for this event, intends to prolong the process of perception.   This exclusive event that will be conducted by tea ceremony master Fuyuko Kobori, a 17th generation member of the famous Kobori Enshue family. []
Contemporary composer Minowa Norihito wrote a soundscape in six parts for this event, based on the theme of a gallant young warrior and inspired by the Japanese legend of Urushima Taro. According to that story, our tea ceremony master Fuyuko Kobori represents the princess of the floating land. Minowa used the voice of a woman and the sound of water for his compositions. The sound is meant to refresh the senses and to restart anew.





After some unusual treats, original foods from Kanazawa and a taste of one of the fines Sake’s of the region of Kanazawa, it was time for a ‘personality change’.


Clothing is not only a carrier of cultural significance, it is responsible for how we feel. These costumes made of a light weight high-tech textile, designed by artist Margret Wibmer for this event, reference the language of different types of clothing from Eastern and Western culture.

In the context of our event at the Conservatorium Hotel the changing of the cloth provided a moment of transition from enjoying unusual foods and a lively conversation to the more silent part of this session; providing space for intrinsic observations of movement, taste, sound, texture, form and colours, the preparation and the serving of the tea.

The fabrics for these costumes were sponsored by the textile company Komatsu Seiren Ltd., Co., Ishikawa/Japan.


The session was delightful!


A special thanks to all participants without whom this event would have never happended. Also I would like to express my gratitude to all the artists involved: tea ceremony master Fuyuko Kobori, contemporary dancer Kiyomi Yamashita, composer Minowa Norihito, designer Megumi Takabatake and to my collaborators, artist and art curator Akane Naka-Mori and business connector Isrid van Geuns.

Our project research and realization of the Zero event at the Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy in Japan titled ‘absence of the teamaster’, was made possible with the support of: Mondriaan Funds, Austrian Federal Ministry of Art, Culture and Education, Land Tirol, Komatsu Seiren Ltd., Co. and Kanazawa Bunka College of Fashion.
This project was furthermore supported by a number of local food and a sake company. Fumuroya Company Tsukudaya Moroeya Yoshidaya Syuzouten Co.,Ltd., http://www,  Sakecompany, the producer of the best quality 100 % rice sake from the region. Special thanks also to The Conservatorium Hotel for their support and for providing us with the best conditions possible.  Sakakobo Taro, New style design packaging, contemporary Wagashi-Yokan with cacao flavor. This project was made possible with the generous support of The Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam.


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