Opening Reception 5/24

Akiko Tanimoto - Breath-n-Brush 16h28

The works of Akiko Tanimoto are based on the concept of “Breath-n-Brush”–the breathing of the body drawn with solid ink on delicate Japanese paper. As a teacher of Japanese language and culture to overseas businesspeople, she realized the importance of deepening her own understanding of Japanese traditional culture. This leads her to study the art of calligraphy.

Soon after, she discovered the suibokuga of Tohun Kobayashi at a bookstore, and in 2002 she began her suibokuga journey, studying under him. She also began her life-changing journey of yoga at Sun & Moon Yoga in Tokyo, and she created her own style combining suibokuga and yoga.

In 2010, Leza Lowitz, the founder of Sun and Moon Yoga Studio, was about to publish a new poetry book and was looking for an artist who could provide Japanese suibokuga to accompany the poems about yoga and meditation. Akiko’s suibokuga inspired Leza to choose her to illustrate her book, Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections, which was Akiko’s debut as a book illustrator.

Akiko’s first exhibition, “Breath-n-Brush,” took place in Feb. 2013 at Cafe & Galaria PARADA in Tokyo following that.Akiko’s work is very simple but powerful. The contrast of ink and blank space, and the trajectory of the brush across the page stimulate the imagination. You can feel and hear both Akiko’s breath–and you own–in her work, which consists of only ink on washi. Akiko catches the beautiful moment when breath–the life force–courses through the body, and she puts that magical, heart-opening moment on paper. That is Breath-n-Brush.

Please visit Akiko’s website– Ake no Ihori ( which means Akiko’s space/studio where she sends her message/breath out into the world.

EXHIBITION: 5/25, WEDNESDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - 5/29, SUNDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(Appointments only on Wednesday)


JCAT SHOWCASE 17 -Group Exhibition-

Participating Artists: 

Aya Hosokawa
Fumiaki Asai
Tomo Ueda
Tomohito Saito

5/24 TUESDAY 7:00PM - 10:00PM

 THURSDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM - 5/29 SUNDAY 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(Closed on Wednesday)

No, not "ouch". Pronounced OOH-WOO-CH-I, Ouchi is Japanese for "home" or "house". Our gallery is named Ouchi because we display artwork by contemporary Japanese artists in a home-like setting.
Art should be more than a business commodity. It should transform into our daily lives, awakening us with new thoughts and passions each day. The best art teaches that there are no limits to individual pursuits; that our own possibilities are infinite.
When you visit Ouchi Gallery, we hope that you feel both at home and inspired. Perhaps you will feel something exhilarating—a positive "ouch!"