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(Photos: Installation view at BaBaBa, Tokyo, JAPAN)

Have you ever heard of the expression ‘monko (聞香)’? In Japan, there is an art form called ‘Kodo (香道)’.

In this art form, the word ‘listen’ is used instead of ‘smell’ toward scent, representing a way of savouring the unspoken words.

Today, with the advent of the internet and social networking services, anyone can easily transmit their words. However, how well do we truly ‘listen’ to the voices and sounds around us? Listening requires more concentration, observation, and imagination than one might assume.

JIBIKA provides a space where you can rediscover your ability to listen by engaging your other senses through the art of listening. Unfortunately, it is not easy to offer a universal remedy for those who have grown accustomed to the constant noise and clamor of modern life. I apologize for that. Instead, during the three-day exhibition, I have prepared three different types of herbal remedies that I have crafted myself, changing daily.

Uncover the lids of the glasses and listen to the ‘fragrance’ emanating from them. What kind of melody resides within your heart? It’s important to note that the more you listen, the less sensitive your nose becomes, so exercise caution not to listen excessively.