by Silvia Yen
Idling around one afternoon in the neighborhood of Long Island City, I walked into Resobox Gallery on 27th Street north of Queens Plaza. Owned
by Takashi Ikezawa and Fumio Tashiro, Resobox is a multi-purpose space that includes a gallery,workshop, and café foranyone interested in
Japanese culture. The name Resobox is a mesh of the words “resonate”and “box,” offering an intimate “box” for people whose affinity for, and interest in,Japanese culture and art resonate amongst each other. After meeting with co-founder Takashi Ikezawa, I learned that it embodies much more than what was just described above.
Mr. Ikezawa explained to me that “Resobox is not only an art gallery, but more importantly,it is a Japanese culture center”. You can find
various courses here, such as ink-painting,stick fighting techniques (Jodo), Japanese classical dance, anime character drawing, and much more. The classes are open to the public, and are not only for adults but for kids, too.
I went there for a cup of coffee; but equally appealing is their excellent Japanese tea such as Genmai Tea (which combines green tea and brown rice). The café in Resobox offers a homey selection of sandwiches, shakes, desserts, and smoothies on its menu. Takashi explained, “We try to create a place where audiences can have a cup of coffee, enjoy exhibitions and appreciate Japanese culture. For talented artists, this is also a stage where they can shine!”
During my visit, I was able to enjoy an accomplished exhibition by Mieko Anekawa, a local artist from Astoria. She makes good use of combining women’s hair, flowers and animals, and bold colors to express her ideas and feelings. There was also a floral decoration displayed with Mieko’s paintings.
Takashi clarified that while “Resobox welcomes collaborations, we like to have artists with different styles and see how they influence
each other and have a new creation of art. This is also the main concept of Resobox, a place where people can exchange Japanese culture and art.” When asked how Resobox selects artists for exhibitions, Takashi responded, “The foundation of Resobox is Japanese culture. Resobox is open to artists of any age, race or nationality as long as artists incorporate Japanese culture into their art work through their creations.”
Resobox is a place where people truly share Japanese culture and art. You can learn more about this unique place by attending courses, enjoying a cup of coffee, or by observing exhibitions in Resobox. “As long as you like Japanese culture and art, Resobox welcomes anyone from various backgrounds to join us.” Yes, this is a wonderful, relaxing, cultural and artistic palace for Japanese culture lovers. Visit their website at: http://resobox.com.
by Silvia Yen