Kodo Arts Warehouse Re-Opens

Kodo Arts Warehouse Re-Opens

Who: Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques
What: Weaves Of Japan, Kodo Arts Japanese Antiques Show
When/Where: May 27 – June 6, 2021 10am -6pm Daily
Kodo Arts Warehouse 571 Searls Ave, Nevada City, CA
Contact: jake costello 530-478-0812 kodo-arts.com

Kodo Arts is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Kodo Arts Warehouse for an 11-day Sale and Show, May 27-June 6, 2021. Kodo Arts just shipped a 40ft. container from Kyoto full of Japanese antique furniture, garden, textiles, home décor, ceramics, art, architectural items, lanterns and many folk art pieces.

Kodo Arts is especially excited about their load of stone ‘Jizo’, the stone figures usually of bodhisattva buddhas and goddesses. They are the first deity most people encounter when they set foot in Japan. This is because they are the protectors of travelers, protector of children, and protector of ancestors in the afterlife. You’ll find Jizos peeking out among the grasses along the road, standing at intersections, at temples and shrines or sitting in a wooden shelter built especially for them. Jizo is found at boundaries between places both physical and spiritual, between here and there, life and death.

In many neighborhoods one can find jizos with a small red bibs around their necks. Dressing Jizo, one accrues merit. Local women usually take care of Jizo statues and provide them with hand-knitted hats and hand-sewn bibs. Such red bibs were said to have been worn by children in earlier times. Although the bibs are usually red, a color that represents safety and protection, they can be any color, fabric or pattern.

I’ve even seen bibs with alphabet patterns and Hello Kitty on them. The practice of dressing Jizo statues is related to accruing merit for the afterlife, a common theme in Buddhism. Jizos are hand carved out of granite stone. They would often be commissioned by parishioners of a temple or shrine as a donation. All from the buddhist iconography, some are with hands folded in prayer, others are holding the sacred gem ‘hoju’ or a staff and even the fearsome Fu- do-myo buddha holds the sword of clarity, cutting through the bamboozle. Many are dated and have lichen and moss from centuries of being outside. Some date back to the 1600’s.

Open to the public twice a year, the Kodo Arts Warehouse is located at 571 Searls Ave. Nevada City, CA 9595 www.kodo-arts.com 530-478-0812 Masks required in the warehouse.