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Group show (Bandai,Nishimura,Usui)

  • Organization : Ryohei Usui
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single Individual
  • Art Forms : Visual Art / Media Art


This was a tea ceremony-style group show held in the Ikarugaan /Seikeitei teahouse rooms in the gardens of the Nezu Museum over three days from June 21, 2019. The name of the event was “Triple traveler tea ceremony” in reference to the three-person exhibiting artist unit Triple traveler, comprising Yosuke Bandai, Yu Nishimura and Ryohei Usui.
This installation explored the intersection between characteristics glimpsed in the work of each artist such as modern wabi aesthetics, metaphor and a sense of the four seasons, and Japanese tea culture. The installation was set up in various places around the machiai waiting area, the mizuya preparation area and the tea room. For the last part of the experience, visitors were served green tea according to the procedures set out by tea master Soukoku Ueda.


Ryohei Usui
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1983, he lives and works in Tokyo.
Utilizing everyday objects as his main motif/medium, Usui presents works that alter our “perspective” on things that already exist in our lives, as if creating updated contemporary “mitate” (an old Japanese term for metaphor or allusion in haiku culture).

Triple traveler
A collective formed in 2017 by Ryohei Usui, Yu Nishimura and Yosuke Bandai. Yu Nishimura was born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1982.
He produces representational painting that imparts a sense of transparency and abstraction. Yosuke Bandai was born in Tokyo in 1980. He is known for his “lid on the hole ” series, in which he
re-assembles fragments of decayed or ruined objects from the garbage as sculptures and photographs them.


Ryohei Usui
Triple traveler tea ceremony office
#307, 2-5-1 Unoki, Ota-ku, Tokyo, 146-0091


Nezu art museum Garden Tea room Ikaruga-an・seikeitei, Minato City, Tokyo