Clean Motion – Tools and Cleaning Movements from Japanese Culture

Cleaning is a primary component of Japanese culture and society, and has been for thousands of years. This is apparent not only in every religious and cultural ceremony, but also on every street corner, trains, and nearly any other public space in Japan.The act of cleaning exists all over the world, yet the Japanese approach to cleaning goes way beyond that of a practical chore. It is also a core part of the education system, a moment in time that allows for clean thinking and reflection, a symbol of hospitality, and much more. The repetitive cleaning process provides an opportunity to contemplate cleanliness in one’s self and in society. The essence of cleaning is the accumulation of one’s feelings and actions, taking responsibility for the self and others. Cleaning is a never ending process and an ongoing natural cycle of ephemeral repetitive movement. For this reason, design, sensitivity and immense wisdom are all incorporated into Japanese cleaning tools. This exhibition is the outcome of accumulated personal experiences and interactions. Through movement, sound, and the array of tools on display, the project offers insight to our understanding of the different elements that are all part of the fascinating Japanese culture.


Arieh Rosen, Natalia Sanz Lavina, Noam Levinger, Takeshi Yamamura

TAJIMI Custom Tiles

Yokoyama Tatami

Shirakiya Denbei

IOC Japan

Ori Topaz

Studio Onder de Linde

Kanata Mori

Studio Gimel 2