Artspan’s Open Studios for Tom Reed at Moshi Moshi

As part of Artspan’s Open Studios Moshi Moshi is proud to host world-class, international photographer Tom Reed as part of this year’s Open Studios.

Join us  for Open Studios at Moshi Moshi on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29 from 11:00am to 6:00pm as Tom Reed presents works from his acclaimed book The Granite Avatars of Patagonia and beyond. Tom Reed will be here to answer questions about his current and future work.

Artspan Open Studio week three #3020 Tom Reed @ 2092 3rd Street. Open Studio Map.

Tom Reed Patagonia


My art is black and white photography, inspired by many, but especially by the photographs of Ansel Adams, the plein air paintings of the Sierras by Edgar Payne, the paintings of the Hudson River School, and the deep understanding of aesthetics by my teacher, Dr. Shozo Sato, a master of the fine arts of Japan. All are natural compositions. The medium is digital, each photograph bears my personal “chop,” a stamp that is the traditional way of indicating authorship in Chinese and Japanese ink painting and calligraphy. My prints are archival-quality giclée. I have chosen to use basic, inexpensive cameras to stress the importance of composition in my work. New York photographer Sylvia Plachy helped me to be confident with this choice. The compositions are based largely on the concepts of Japanese flower arranging, incorporating the dominant/subdominant/subordinate tri-unity, as well as abundant use of empty space (in sky, shadow, water or snow).

The experience of awe is central to my orientation as a photographer. Contemplation of beauty has led me to a yin/yang experience of comforting and shocking beauty (corresponding to exhalation and inhalation). I am primarily interested in shocking beauty–what people call a “moving” or “inspiring” scene. I find black and white prints to be more striking and dramatic, and more readily experienced as sublime.

If we are presented with an awe-inspiring image of nature, we have the opportunity to feel that emotion fully, and to inquire why we feel it. My suspicion is that most people will then conclude that Nature is in some way sacred, or even divine. Maybe then the dominant utilitarian view of Nature will begin to shift towards one of reverence. This shift is essential in this age of environmental decline. I see my work as a contribution to the very survival of humanity.

It is my hope that my images will bring the viewer to aesthetic arrest, stirring awe and instilling a reverence for the spectacular planet that we inhabit and must care for if our species is to evolve to our full potential.

During this year with Artspan I will reveal some new projects: “The Totems of High Mountain Lakes,”  “The Nude Human,” and “Pavement.” The first is due to the Dogpatch studio tour being held on Halloween weekend,  the latter two reflect my appreciation of the beauty to be found in the city.

Tom Reed

San Francisco, October, 2017

Three Nights of Flights – Scotch Malt Whisky Society.  Thursday October 12th.

Three Nights of Flights – Chichibu! Thursday Night October 5th.

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Bruichladdich Whisky Tasting

Working Moshi's Three Nights of Flights Bruichladdich

Tako Yaki and Nikka Whisky Pairing

Nikka Tako Yaki web

Mits and I love eating tako yaki. My first order was with Mits on my first trip to Japan in 2009.  I really didn’t know what to expect but Mits kept raving about the soft, gooey, street confection months before our trip, so anticipation for my first order was high. The tako yaki stall we stumbled onto was close to the Nishiki food market in the covered, downtown, shopping district of Kyoto. The scene unfolding before me was amazingly new: large, whole octopus being plunged into steamy water, batter being poured on to desk-size, iron pans with a hundred half spheres depressed into them, and the deft work of the tako yaki chef as he scraped and turned all the individual pockets of runny batter  into spheres as the dough cooked. Upon ordering the chef flipped five into a dish and slathered the steamy balls in thick, salty-sweet sauce then sprinkled shaved bonito (which is a dried and smoked fish) on top.


Macallan and Highland Park Whisky Tasting Thursday Night August 3rd at Moshi Moshi

Join us Thursday Night August 3rd from 6:00pm to 9:30pm for an amazing night of whisky tasting. We’ll have specially priced flights and cocktails featuring Macallan and Highland Park whiskies.

Eric MacDonald – sales specialist for Erdington America will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the history and whisky of two very iconic distilleries.

Moshi Moshi

2092 3rd Street

San Francisco, CA 94107


Tickets on Sale now for Moshi Moshi’s Nikka Whisky Pairing Dinner

Nikka Whisky Pairing Dinner

March 02, 2017 at Moshi Moshi

Two Limited Seatings available: 5pm and 8pm*

*As of 02/22/2017 there are only 2 seats available for the 5pm seating and ten seats for the 8pm seating.

$97 Tax & Gratuity Included

Advance Purchase Required in Person or by Phone

Join Mits and the Moshi crew for a well-curated 5 course dinner with Nikka whisky pairings. The dinner offered has been especially crafted to highlight and enhance the experience of drinking Nikka Japanese whisky with food.

Each of the 5 courses has been thoughtfully constructed to pair with each of the different whiskies offered: Kochuchomi, Appetizer, 1st Dinner Course, 2nd Dinner Course, Dessert. The whiskies we are focusing on are: Taketsuru NAS, Miyagikyo NAS, Coffey Grain, Yoichi NAS, and Coffey Malt.

Jen Chen, Nikka brand ambassador, and Scott Fluhrer, Moshi Bar Manager, will be on hand to answer any questions and to educate everyone on the history, and future, of Nikka whisky.

Moshi Moshi

2092 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94107