Noritaka Tatehana


26/November/2022 - 24/December/2022

KOSAKU KANECHIKA is pleased to present “RETHINK,” a solo exhibition by Noritaka Tatehana, from November 26 to December 24, 2022.


Noritaka Tatehana’s practice includes collaboration with craftsmen and artisans in traditional industries to bridge the past and the present. This approach is akin to a “rethink” of Japanese traditions and cultures, not by simply recreating them in the present, but by adding an extra layer of contemporary meaning and reinterpretation. In this exhibition we present in the gallery works that were first exhibited in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s online exhibition “Edo Tokyo Rethink,” which was based on a concept that can be encapsulated as Old Meets New. A renewed perspective on Edo Tokyo crafts unravels, re-interpreted by Noritaka Tatehana as part of his attempt to safeguard traditions and ensure that they continue to be handed down for another hundred years.


About “Edo Tokyo Rethink”
With Noritaka Tatehana at the helm as director, the exhibition “Edo Tokyo Rethink” was hosted by the “Edo Tokyo Kirari Project” to reconsider traditional craft techniques and goods that are rooted in Edo Tokyo and to promote them globally. Tatehana worked in collaboration with traditional craftsmen of Tokyo. The resulting works were exhibited at the Kyū-Iwasaki-tei Garden, designated by Japan as an Important Cultural Property, as well as in an online exhibition in the form of photos and video.




General information

Noritaka Tatehana "RETHINK"

November 26 - December 24, 2022

11 am - 6 pm
Closed on Sun, Mon and National Holidays

TERRADA Art Complex 5F
1-33-10 Higashi-Shinagawa

Free admission

Noritaka Tatehana

Noritaka Tatehana was born in Tokyo in 1985. His family ran a public bathhouse called “Kabuki-yu” in Kabuki-cho, Tokyo, while he grew up in Kamakura, Japan. As a small child and under the influence of his mother, a doll artist who practices the Waldorf education method, the artist learned to create with his own hands. Tatehana graduated in 2010 from the Department of Crafts at Tokyo University of the Arts, specializing in textile arts. While researching the culture associated with traditional Japanese courtesans, the artist created geta (traditional wooden clogs) and kimonos with yūzen – a traditional Japanese dyeing technique. Tatehana has presented his work in exhibitions such as “Image Makers” (21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, 2014) and “Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion” (The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2012). He has also held various solo exhibitions which include “NORITAKA TATEHANA: Aesthetics of Magic” (Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, 2016), “It’s always the others who die” (POLA Museum Annex, 2019), “NORITAKA TATEHANA: Refashioning Beauty” (Portland Japanese Garden, 2019) and “Contemporary Japanese Crafts” (touring exhibition in Tokyo, Miyazaki, Kyoto, and Nagoya, 2020-22) amongst others held in New York, Paris, and Belgium. Tatehana has also worked on a wide range of projects, including producing a bunraku performance in 2016 at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Arts in Paris. His works have been acquired by internationally acclaimed institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Following the first edition in 2021, Tatehana directed the second edition of the online exhibition “Edo Tokyo Rethink” (Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens, 2022), an event organized by the city of Tokyo as part of its cultural program “Edo Tokyo Kirari Project” with a focus on traditional crafts and industries of Tokyo.


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  • Noritaka Tatehana x Kinkarakami Insitute Heel-less Shoes, 2022

  • Noritaka Tatehana x Isehan Honten Heel-less Shoes, 2022

  • Noritaka Tatehana x Mokumeganeya Heel-less Shoes, 2022

  • Noritaka Tatehana x Hanashyo Descending Layer, 2022

  • Noritaka Tatehana x Hanashyo Descending Layer, 2022

  • Noritaka Tatehana x Ryukubo Heel-less Shoes "Lady Pointe", 2022

  • Noritaka Tatehana x Ryukubo Heel-less Shoes "Lady Pointe", 2022

  • Noritaka Tatehana x Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten Raiko, 2022