A residency by artist Atsuko Kamura at the Edge, 1st-4th May 2022.  


Hanami (花見, “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers (hana).  Atsuko Kamura and Friction arts brought blossom to The Edge through a series workshops and a flowery installation.



Day 1: Sunday 1st May 2:00pm-5:00pm

Cherry blossom sweet making workshop: Make Cherry blossom biscuits and Japanese sweets with Ubuntu Bakery and Kamura. Japanese tea will be served.

 Day 2: Monday 2 May 6:30pm -8:30pm

Words and music improvisation workshop: Create improvised poems and music together. Kamura introduces methods and games to create improvised music, poems and dance. All musicians, poets, and dancers who are interested in improvisation are welcome. For musicians, please bring your instrument.


Day 3 Tuesday 3 May  6:30pm-8:30pm


Talking about Haiku and Renga by Harry Gilonis, a Haiku poet, and Renga making workshop: Renga is a genre of Japanese collaborative poetry in which alternating stanzas, or ku, of 5-7-5 and 7-7 sound units per line are linked in succession by multiple poets. Harry and Kamura introduce a modern version of improvised Renga making.


Day 4 Wednesday 4 May 6:30 pm-8:30 pm


Meditation and Butoh workshop – Kamura introduced Japanese self-massage, relaxation, meditation and Butoh; a style of modern Japanese dance.


From Monday to Wednesday from 3 pm to 5 pm, Kamura invited everyone for Japanese tea and sweets and to join us creating an ever growing Cherry Blossom inspired installation at the Edge. The space was transformed for a month after and continued to blossom within all of us, and at the Edge.