Tea time at tokyobike
The Good & Proper Brew Bar at the tokyobike store is up and running. From 8.30am you will be able to order freshly brewed loose leaf tea to sit in or take away. Tastings will be held on Tuesday evenings and loose tea is available to take home.
Follow @goodpropertea for further details.
Thank you for coming to the exhibition! It went really well.
Exhibition still continues until 16th Feb for people who missed the night.
Photographed by Yu Fujiwara
metamorphose at tokyobike will run from 4th to 16th February and showcase a new collection of collages by Kaoru Sato* made from a series of street style photographs by collaborator (and tokyobike team member Yu Fujiwara www.yufujiwara.com)
opening reception: Thursday 6th February 7–9pm
with sounds curated by colectivo futuro (http://colectivofuturo.com/)
after party: from 10pm-till at the Alibi (http://thealibilondon.co.uk/)
*Kaoru Sato / K+ (kaoruplus.com)
Born in tokyo and based in London, Kaoru has been working for international clients in the fields of fashion, publishing, film and music. Her work has been featured in art and fashion titles including dazed & confused, fashion illustration file, creative calendar collection and ingenuity.
*Yu Fujiwara / 8and2 (www.8and2.tumblr.com)
Born in Kobe, Japan. Yu Fujiwara is a freelance photographer based in London, UK. Yu specialised graphic design in London College of Communication and was strongly influenced by conceptual art.
After graduating from LCC, he has been working extensively in the fields of graphic design, photography and art. Contributor for Joshua’s, The Style Snip, Never Underdressed, Leon Magazine
Yoga with Nikita at tokyobike
We are starting the new year as we mean to go on. Join Nikita for a 90 minute workshop, designed specifically to take away some of the strains and aches associated with cycling but suitable for all.
Date and time: Tuesday 18th February from 7.30pm
Location: tokyobike store, Shoreditch.
Price is £12 and to book a place just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07568 598 920
*illustrated by Charlotte Trounce (http://charlottetrounce.tumblr.com)
tokyobike Sport 9s - custom road bike with Shimano Sora STI with double chainset and PRO handlebar
*£1130.00 with Gilles Berthoud saddle and Gropes leather grips pictured.
Thank you to everybody who came to the Kintsugi event and sorry to anyone who missed out on getting their ceramics repaired.
Follow us for future events or get in touch if you are interested to find out more about Kintsugi.
Kintsugi : Six centuries of ceramic repair
supported by Good & Proper who will be selling freshly brewed single estate Japanese teas
tokyobike store : Saturday 25/1/14 11am - 5pm
We invite customers and all members of the local community to a one day workshop at tokyobike. Muneaki Shimode from Kyoto will be using his kintsugi skills to repair your ceramics for which there will be a modest charge.
If you have something at home that you would like fixed, made good to become re-usable, please come early to avoid disappointment.
An exhibition of repaired items will remain on display in the shop until 2nd February alongside Japanese ceramics illustrating the kintsugi process.
From early times, imperfection has been the subject of aesthetic appreciation in Japan, particularly with regard to the repair of valued items that have suffered in the course of their daily use.
Kintsugi is the repair of damaged or broken ceramics using urushi lacquer and most commonly, gold powder. It is a technique that found wide acceptance in Japan during the era of Sen no Rikkyu (1522–1591), the great master of the tea ceremony.
The main constituent element of kintsugi is urushi, the lacquer obtained from the Rhus tree Toxicodendron vernicifluum, native to Japan and China, which contains an identical irritant to poison ivy. It is not uncommon for urushi artisans to suffer an allergic reaction to the urushioi (which is traditionally countered by immersion in sea water) although immunity is generally acquired in the course of their work.
The urushi makes for a solid durable adhesive in bonding broken ceramic fragments back together. Additional layers of urushi are applied to the repaired area, allowed to harden and then cut back with charcoal or polishing powder to re-instate the original surface of the damaged piece. Gold or silver powder is usually applied to the final layer of urushi although it can simply be left in its natural state. Metallic powder is sometimes mixed with urushi and used to decorate a repair. This technique is common elsewhere within traditional Japanese lacquerware.
There are three common forms of kintsugi:
Kintsugi, where urushi is used to repair cracked or broken ceramics.
Tomosugi, where urushi is used in conjunction with natural or synthetic fillers to repair chipped ceramics.
Yobitsugi, where urushi is used to cobble ceramics from different items into a single repair.
"A Korean Ido-style bowl was much loved by the military ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-98), who had received it from Tsutsui Junkei (1549-84). One day during a gathering, a page in Hideyoshi’s retinue dropped the bowl which broke into five pieces. All froze, fearing for the young man as Hideyoshi was known to possess a quick and harsh temper. Then one of the guests, Hosokawa Yusai, improvised a comic poem playing off three lines from a famous verse in ”The Tales of Ise”.
Hosokawa Yusai’s complex play of language and ideas provoked laughter all around, and restored Hideyoshi to good spirits. From that day onward the bowl has been known as Tsutsui Zutsu. The mended bowl continued to be used and cherished for generations, occasionally returning to five pieces only to be mended again.”
A tearoom view of mended ceramics
Photography: Adam Fulford and Tom Slemmons
Tea time at tokyobike
We are super excited about the imminent arrival of proper tea in Shoreditch. Coffee drinkers are well catered for but getting a good cuppa in East London has been nigh on impossible. Until now.
The Good & Proper Brew Bar will be popping up at the tokyobike store Tuesday 18th February for a 4 week residency. There will be regular tastings, loose tea to take home and cups of freshly brewed tea will be available at the store all day.
Follow @goodpropertea for further details.
Happy new year.
Please take note of a small change to our weekend opening hours this year.
Tuesday to Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5 pm.
Look after your bike.
Our regular puncture repair classes will continue the first Wednesday of every month (6.30-7.30pm) at the store - email email@example.com to sign up.
But if you can’t make it keep an eye on our instagram @tokyobikelondon for a series of simple ‘how to’ guides. Check #tokyobikecare for the latest updates.