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Japan House São Paulo presents a botanical installation that expresses the Japanese people's relationship with nature

With the title “ESSENCE: inner garden – Atsunobu Katagiri”, the exhibition invites the public to experience a form of coexistence between man and nature, through the installation that emphasizes the respect and importance of this connection

While the Brazilian flora is vast, exuberant and even aggressive in its magnitude and diversity, Delicacy is one of the main characteristics found in the plants and flowers that make up the Japanese flora..


It is from these differences and contradictions that the artist and master of Ikebana, Atsunobu Katagiri creates an unprecedented botanical installation to occupy the ground floor of Japan House São Paulo, from 7 March to 30 April.

under the name "ESSENCE: inner garden – Atsunobu Katagiri”, to exhibition free is an invitation to a moment of contemplation on the bustling Avenida Paulista, giving visitors the opportunity to reflect on the essential presence of nature in all areas of life.


Known for its contemporary approach to the use of plants and flowers, Katagiri combines traditional creative aspects with current issues in his work.. In his project “Sacrifice”, result of his experience as a guest artist for the “Hama-dori, Naka-dori & Aizu Tri-Regional Culture Collaboration Project(2013)” Japanese Government Agency for Cultural Affairs project, the artist settled in the city of Minamisoma, em Fukushima, region affected by the great earthquake of 2011.

In this region Katagiri was swept away by conflicting emotions, for while observing the recent destruction, noticed nature resuming its growth, re-encountering a species of native flower that had disappeared due to human action. In this environment, collected and created lush floral arrangements using the ruins as a backdrop, as if trying to represent this regeneration.


At Japan House Sao Paulo, its installation occupies the ground floor of the institution, whose glass wall will be covered by images of flowers of various origins, that were selected, scanned and enlarged by the artist himself, creating a more intimate and welcoming atmosphere in the space.

Visitors will find an environment with diverse plants, flowers and substrates, like moss, for example, vegetation that requires little maintenance.. In Japan, they have great importance, being essential elements in forests and gardens, representing concepts such as beauty, simplicity and sophistication, beyond the aesthetics of rumors (transience and imperfection).

“Nature is where we came from and where we are going, It is a fundamental element for the existence of any living being., but also for our sanity. Insertion in Katagiri's work instigates contact with our thoughts, this whole world that lives inside us, and makes it possible to recover our perception of well-being, almost as if we were inside a sanctuary. It is a way of connecting and understanding the magnitude of this relationship and, especially, an alert to its fragility and finitude. after all we are, We, nature”, comments Natasha Barzaghi Geenen, Cultural Director of Japan House São Paulo and exhibition curator.

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Since it is a live installation, over eight weeks it will be possible to observe the different life cycles of each element; species that develop and others that come to an end. More than bringing nature into the city, the artist, exhibiting for the first time in Latin America, pays homage to its regenerating force, nor doma-la.

The exhibition will have an extensive parallel program with the participation of Katagiri as lectures, workshops and guided tours. Within the Accessible JHSP program, the exhibition ESSENCE: inner garden – Atsunobu Katagiri features audio description, pounds and bench with tactile elements to make the visit more inclusive.

Sobre Atsunobu Katagiri

Born in Osaka in 1973, Katagiri became master of the Misasagi Ikebana school at 24 years and is known for incorporating both traditional and modern approaches into his ikebana work and for his collaboration with artists from different walks of life..

His performance is marked by the creation of small compositions using wildflowers., but also majestic pieces made with cherry blossoms. Katagiri transits between tradition and current issues, as seen in many of his works such as his project called “Sacrifice", result of his experience in the city of Minamisoma, em Fukushima, region devastated by the earthquake 2011.

There, Katagiri noted the resilience and growth of the area's native vegetation, even after a disaster, what prompted you to create flower arrangements in the middle of the ruins, as a way of expressing and honoring such a contradiction.

Guided Tour “ESSENCE: inner garden” com Atsunobu Katagiri
7 March (Tuesday) at Japan House Sao Paulo
Time: 15h
Duration: 60 min
free activity
Vagas limitadas. Participation by withdrawing passwords at reception with 30 minutes in advance. Visit will feature LIBRAS as an accessibility resource.

Workshop “I am Flower – floral adornments” with Atsunobu Katagiri
12 March (Sunday) at Japan House Sao Paulo
Timetables: 10h; 11h30; 14h; 15h30
Duration: 60 min
family activity, suitable for children between 6 and 12 accompanied by a responsible adult.
Vagas limitadas. Participation by withdrawing passwords at reception with 30 minutes in advance.

Lecture “The art of Ikebana: its past and present” with Atsunobu Katagiri
14 March (Tuesday) – Online Event
Time: 16h
Duration: 90 min
free activity
Japan House São Paulo YouTube channel broadcast

Workshop “I am Flower – floral adornments” with Atsunobu Katagiri
18 March (Saturday) at Serrinha Farm
Address: rd. Will. José Vaccari, Km 1.5 – Countryside, Bragança Paulista
Timetables: from 10:00 to 4:00 pm
free activity
Vagas limitadas. Participation by prior registration in the bit.ly/iamflower
Activity carried out in partnership with Arte Serrinha, cultural project in Bragança Paulista

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"ESSENCE: inner garden – Atsunobu Katagiri”Period: from 7 March to 30 April 2023
Local: Japan House Sao Paulo – Paulista Avenue, 52 – São Paulo, SP
Opening time: Tuesday to Friday, das 10h às 18h; Saturdays, from 9:00 to 7:00 pm; Sundays and holidays, from 9:00 to 6:00 pm
Free entrance. Advance online reservations (optional):

About Japan House São Paulo (JHSP)

Japan House is an international initiative with the purpose of expanding knowledge about current Japanese culture and publicizing government policies..

Inaugurated in 30 April 2017, Japan House São Paulo was the first to open its doors, followed by the units in London and Los Angeles. Established as one of the main points of interest on the celebrated Avenida Paulista, JHSP stands out in its façade proposed by architect Kengo Kuma, the japanese art of fitting using Hinoki wood.

Since 2017, the institution promoted more than thirty exhibitions and about a thousand events in areas such as architecture, technology, gastronomy, fashion and art, for which it received more than two million visitors.

The institution's digital offer was boosted and diversified during the Covid-19 Pandemic, reaching more than seven million people in 2020. In the same year, geographically expanded its activities to other Brazilian states and Latin American countries.

JHSP is certified by LEED in the Platinum category, the highest level of building sustainability; and by Bureau Veritas with the SafeGuard seal – certification of excellence in health security measures against the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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