Have you ever seen or heard any Japanese fairy tales? Many of us Japanese have been brought up by watching them on TV programs when we were young. Grimm fairy tales might be similar in that every story has a moral or lesson. This time, we would like to introduce the lessons of Japanese fairy tales by focusing on Japan’s most famous and popular “Momotaro (Peach Boy)” fairy tale. Onigiri (rice balls) often appeared in Japanese fairy tales, and played a role in expressing a simple life at the time. We hope that the collaboration between ORINIGIRI, a modern type of new art from Japan, and the traditional Japanese fairy tale will trigger your interest in Japanese culture. Let’s reproduce a scene of the drama with ORINIGIRI!
In this workshop, you will
- Learn about the fairy tale “Momotaro” and its lessons
- Make a “Momotaro” ORINIGIRI (Origami & Rice balls)
- Take a pictures of your creation
What is “ORINIGIRI?”
ORINIGIRI is a new type of art (and way of eating!) that combines the fun features of “Origami” and “Onigiri (Rice balls).” It’s easy to make and guests who participate in this workshop can enjoy the great and interesting onigiri experience!
- ORINIGIRI Workshop 1: A Combination of Origami and Onigiri
- ORINIGIRI Workshop 2: Let’s Enjoy Creating and Cooking ORINIGIRI
- ORINIGIRI Workshop 3: Discover the Real Taste of Rice by Making ORINIGIRI!
- ORINIGIRI Workshop 4: Adopt a Japanese home-style meal to put on your table!
- ORINIGIRI Workshop 5: Let’s make KAWAII (CUTE) “ORINIGIRI”!
- ORINIGIRI Workshop 6: Much Mochi to Munch on!
- ORINIGIRI Workshop 7: Create Your Own USA Version “ORINIGIRI!”
- ORINIGIRI Workshop 8: Let’s try making a photogenic “BENTO” lunchbox!
- ORINIGIRI Workshop 9: Shaping your own rice ball canvas
- ORINIGIRI Workshop 10: Making 3D ORINIGIRI Digitally and By Hand, & the Future of “ORINIGIRI” Hackathon
About the Artist
Architect, Video Artist
Nitta was born in 1971. He studied at Kyusyu Institute of Design (presently Kyusyu University), Rhode Island School of Design and worked at Shigeru Ban Architects. In February 2014, he established Himawari Design, where he started to design varieties of space on public architecture as far as product design based on the study of using one sheet of paper. He is obsessed with design that connects various cultures and various people based on the simplicity of Japanese beauty. He also sends his message to the world through his conceptual videos. Since he married Aiko Sugiura, a writer and a concept designer in 2016, he's set up Project AICHI with her. Their activity of Himawari Design is constantly growing day by day.