「地層 STRATUM」2015: Group Art Exhibition at Gallery Morning; August 18th – 23rd

Many thanks to Eimi Tagore-Erwin for sending in the following…

This summer, Gallery Morning in Higashiyama, is opening its doors to  STRATUM, a collective exhibition of works by three international artists exhibiting in Kyoto for the first time.

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The exhibition will showcase the three artists’ process-based work, merging the layers of two worlds: of what is seen and what is imagined.

Stratum refers to an accumulation of layers – layers that react to each other,  complement each other, and often share qualities with each other. When seen together, these layers can lose definition because of the subtleties of their inconsistencies, but they do remain separate, defined by the stratum in which they reside. This exhibit focuses on three different levels of layering: material, digital and conceptual. STRATUM invites viewers to try to both see and experience the layers behind the works exhibited.

The collection for the week is comprised of collage and sculpture, light installation and photography, and line paintings.

Dates:
August 18-23rd, 2015.
Gallery hours are from 12:00 – 19:00.
Except for Sunday, 12:00-17:00.

Artist Information:

EASTE (Eimi Tagore-Erwin)
American artist based in Kyoto, Japan. She works largely in mixed media, studying how different contexts can change perceived value in objects. EASTE combines elements of sculpture, collage and design to make micro compositions within larger overall pieces.

EASTE 'iranai'

EASTE ‘iranai’

homepage: http://www.easte-art.com
instagram: http://www.instagram.com/eimitagtag

OKOK
Swedish artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. OKOK, creates a world where endless imagination meets spontaneous movements of a hand disconnected from the brain. Deeply focused on his penmanship, his study of pattern, repetition, and form bring reality into a new reality.

OKOK 'untitled'

OKOK ‘untitled’

homepage: http://www.artbyokok.com
instagram: http://www.instagram.com/artbyokok

TJ Perrin
American artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. He works with photographs as mediated forms of personal reflection. He depicts the world in two, focusing on the multiple sides of modern day individuals, environments, and devices.

TJPERRIN 'hiroshima'

TJPERRIN ‘hiroshima’

http://tjperrin.com/photography
instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ttilawok

Location:
Gallery Morning
207 Nakano-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
京都市東山区三条通白川橋東入四丁目中之町207番地(三条通り岡崎広道西南角)
Click here for a MAP.

Gallery Morning: http://gallerymorningkyoto.com/2015exhibition/OKOK_TJPERRIN_EASTE.html

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/133195413681446/

The First Annual Kyoto Writing Competition; Deadline March 1st

From John Dougill,

wikcompWRITERS IN KYOTO PRESENTS

THE FIRST ANNUAL KYOTO WRITING COMPETITION

(Sponsored by Tadg’s Irish Bar and Restaurant)

Theme: Kyoto (English language only)

Deadline: March 1, 2016 (midnight JST)

Genre: Short Shorts (unpublished material only)

Form: Haiku, short poems, character studies, essays, whimsy, wordplays, experimental verse, anything that helps show the spirit of place in a fresh light

Word Limit: 300 words (to fit on a single page)

Submissions:
send to kyotowritingcompetition2016@gmail.com
Please use Microsoft Word format, headed by the following information:
※ Full Name ※ Email Contact ※ Nationality ※ Location of Current Residence

Prizes to include Kyoto crafts and publication in the Writers in Kyoto Anthology

Kyoto resident prize: Gourmet meal for two at Tadg’s

Walking the Path of Philosophy on Inside Kyoto

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My latest article for Inside Kyoto is a walk up the Path of Philosophy from the peace and tranquility of Eikan-do Temple in the south, to the popular tourist attraction, Ginkaku-ji Temple in the north. Along the way I encounter philosophical cats, colorful flowers, and sites of historical note, stopping off en route to partake of a traditional vegan tofu lunch. I also explore in some depth the life and work of the eponymous philosopher: Nishida Kitaro. Read it all here: http://www.insidekyoto.com/walking-the-path-of-philosophy

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See also: Articles for Inside Kyoto

Kyoto Exhibition of Ukiyo-e Featuring Bizarre Ghouls & Goblins; July 24th – August 16th

The Kyoto “Eki” Art Museum in Isetan will be exhibiting ukiyo-e prints of “Obake” monsters from July 24th – August 16th.

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I’m off to the UK for ten days from today, but when I get back I am definitely checking this out. More details at this link (Japanese): http://www.gaido.jp/machikado/machikado.php?ID=16282

Typhoon vs Gion – Will the Yamaboko Junko Parade Go Ahead?

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A huge typhoon is on its way and threatening to spoil this year’s Gion Matsuri festivities. The organizers will decide whether or not to hold the Yamaboko Junko parade on the morning of the 17th by 5.30 am. They will take phone inquiries from 6 am that morning (usually from 8.30).

You can check these sites for updates: https://www.kyokanko.or.jp/
http://kanko.city.kyoto.lg.jp/
https://www.facebook.com/kyokanko
https://twitter.com/kyo_kanko

Thanks to Mewby for passing on this info.

New Directions Vol. 3 @ Urbanguild, Kyoto; July 9th

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Our pal, Christopher Fryman, is hosting a series of New Directions events at Urbanguild these days, and has asked me to help spread the word about the next show on July 9th. As Christopher is a pal, and the list of performers does look rather good, and especially as this will be a NON-SMOKING EVENT (!!!) I am very happy to oblige.

First the details:

Date: July 9th 2015
Doors open: 19:30
Show starts: 20:00
Tickets on the door: 2200 yen + 1drink
Tickets in advance: 1700 yen + 1drink

Directions: To get to Urbanguild from Sanjo Dori, go down Kiyamachi Dori (This is the narrow street running alongside the Takase stream). Urbanguild is on the east side (the left hand side as you walk down from Sanjo) about 150 metres. It’s on the 3rd floor of the New Kyoto Building – access by elevator or stairs. Here is a MAP.

Here’s the list of performers:

Hitomi Shimizu
Takeshi Unate & Yuko Nazuna (calligrapher)
Siete passos para el cielo & Himeko Narumi (dancer)

Christopher is particularly keen that people come to see Kyoto-based composer Hitomi Shimizu who will be playing a quarter tone keyboard that she made herself. Here are some more details…

hitomishimizuHitomi SHIMIZU is a composer for film and TV soundtracks and winner of the Japan Academy Award 2001 for the Japanese film “Waterboys”. Hitomi has studied music composition since the age of 14 and is especially intersted in micro tuning. After graduating from Toho Gakuen Conservatoire, she built herself a 43-tone microtuning organ and made frequent live performances with violinist Hiromi NISHIDA as a duo “SYZYGYS” in Tokyo. She plays “microtuning pop” which is Hitomi’s life work. “SYZYGYS” CDs are available worldwide, produced by John Zorn on his TZADIK label. For her solo works, she plays 205/octave microtonal keyboard called “Tonal Plexus 6s” as well as her self made 43 tone organ.
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Takeshi Unate is an Asian style, one-man-band ‘pokopoko’ musician. He plays with body and spirit. His hands use many melodic instruments, singing with his mouth and nose, beating with his feet and an array of flutes, whistles and other rare instruments.

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Yuko Nazuna is a shodo (Japanese calligraphy) artist. She has performed live calligraphy at shrines and temples in Nara.

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SIETE PASSOS PARA EL CIELO are an esoteric free style band playing a beginning, middle, and end. Their influences range from Mahler to Mingus. They are

Kurata Kenichi – Bass
Ito Makoto – Sax
Christopher Fryman – Trumpet
盛田泰三  – Drums

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Himeko Narumi is a dancer and art model who has danced all over Japan and participated in many International Festivals. She is currently a member of “The Physical Poets” that use body movements and dance. At the same time, she has a career as a solo dancer and has been working with music in improvisation dance sessions. She focuses on invisible things, a sense of air, music, mind and energy, and the spirit of the land…

All pictures courtesy of Christopher Fryman & Urbanguild.

A Trip to Uji on Inside Kyoto

A window onto Uji... Kosho-ji Temple's Chinese style gate looking out onto Koto-zaka or "harp hill".

A window onto Uji… Kosho-ji Temple’s Chinese style gate looking out onto Koto-zaka or “harp hill”.

My article, A Trip to Uji, is now up on Chris Rowthorn’s Inside Kyoto site. In it I describe a complete circuit of all of Uji’s major sites. Uji is a remarkably well preserved town with several shrines and temples of historical interest, including two World Heritage Sites, and all set within  a beautiful natural landscape. Many locations there are associated with the Tale of Genji and so there is a Tale of Genji of Museum there too.  In my article I visit all of these locations and manage to fit in a special river-side lunchtime recommendation, and matcha ice cream at Japan’s oldest tea shop! Check out the article at the link: A Trip to Uji.

A Trip to Uji

Click to read the full article.

Here are some pictures from Kosho-ji Temple which didn’t make it into the final article.

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The garden at Kosho-ji

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A colorful image of Daitokuten. One of the Seven Lucky Gods, Daitokuten is a god of wealth and a plentiful family kitchen. He is easily recognized by his magic money making mallet, and the fact that he stands on bales of rice.

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Timbers from a dismantled Fushimi Castle were used in the temple’s construction. It is said that there are blood stains from the castle siege on the ceiling of the main sanctuary, but it was too dark for me to make them out.

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This is a pleasant temple to visit in all seasons, but especially in the fall for its maples, and in spring for its azaleas.

Maruzen Bookstore Returning to Kyoto!

MaruzenIt’s been ten long years since Kyoto’s best bookstore closed it’s doors… but now Maruzen is coming back! Kyoto’s legendary bookstore occupied a special place in the hearts of expats because of it’s huge English language book section. Locals too were sad to see the historic shop close down, for Maruzen had occupied a spot on Kawaramachi Street since 1907.

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The new Maruzen store will occupy two basement floors of the renovated Bal building which reopens on August 21st. Apparently it will include a cafe, western books and stationary – and it is going to be huge. This is a team effort with Junkudo, so we will have to wait and see if the new shop really has that old Maruzen magic. I’m going to be there on August 21st to find out though, and I’m sure a lot of other Maruzen fans will be there too. You can find a map for the Bal building and other details on the Bal Kyoto website here: http://www.bal-bldg.com/bal-kyoto/

Thanks to Mewby for giving me the hot tip on this breaking news!

Pendulum – Japanese Traditional Music Course @ Kyoto Geidai; August 18-20

Alison Tokita is running an intensive 3-day course on Japanese traditional music at Kyoto City University of Arts, August 18th – 20th, 2015.

Click to download PDF

Click to download PDF

This short-short course will introduce many of the genres of traditional Japanese music that have been transmitted to the present and are still actively performed. The course will also discuss the varied ways of experiencing musical modernity in the context of the overwhelming dominance of western music in Japan. It will provide an accessible overview of Japanese music culture for non-Japanese participants, including performers, composers and musicologists. It is also intended for Japanese participants who are interested in an international perspective on Japanese music, and students planning to study abroad who want to know something about their ‘own’ music as well as western music.

The major genres include gagaku, shōmyō, and shakuhachi and koto music. The narrative genres of heike and jōruri and their place in the nō, bunraku and kabuki theatres will be introduced. Practical encounter with some genres during learning sessions, and an evening concert will be included.

Cost: 5,000 yen (payable in cash at the commencement of the course)

Schedule: There will be two sessions per day over three days. Morning session 10:00-13:00 Afternoon session 14:00-17:00 (The following schedule may be adapted depending on the interests of participants.)

HOW TO APPLY: Registrations must be received by Friday July 31 by email. Payment will be made on the first day of the course, August 18, between 9:00 and 10:00. Registration form can be found on the website.
Enquiries and registration: public@kcua.ac.jp
Enquiries can also be made to the course convenor, Alison Tokita: tokita@kcua.ac.jp
Here is the link for further details and a contact form: http://jupiter.kcua.ac.jp/jtm/events/c_course/2015/hogakuatgeidai.html

The 4th Kyoto Photo Walk – Sunday, July 5th with Javier Montano

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Good news for would-be photographers – Javier Montano of Daijoubu! Photography is organizing another Photo Walk. It’s a great opportunity to socialize, pick up some tips from expert photographers and improve your own shooting technique. No special equipment is required to join the walk – all you need is a camera or i-phone.

Details:
Day: Sunday, July 5th
Time: 4pm
Location: Hankyu Arashiyama Station Entrance

After the walk participants will get together for dinner and drinks.

See also:
http://www.javiermontano.net
https://www.facebook.com/Daijoubuphotography