Monthly Archives: April 2017

Encounter: 4 Artists Exhibition at Gallery Space Kagiya, Kyoto; May 12-17

Christine Flint Sato has sent me word of an up-coming art show here in Kyoto. The details are below…

“4 artists, 4 lives converge in Kyoto. We meet here, a city of art, culture, history and future possibilities. We come from Israel, Slovenia, Poland and Britain and somehow it clicks. We hit it off. From the first spark of connection we talked, laughed, exchanged views, listened deeply to each other, wanted to learn from each other and to do something creative together. We use different media – photography, mixed media, sumi ink. This exhibition is a result of our encounter, and the first step of a new journey exploring what it may bring.”

People’s Climate March Kyoto; April 30th 2017

Here’s the good word from Aileen Mioko Smith:

The new Donald Trump administration has attacked the hard-won protections of our climate, health, and communities, and the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, young people, and more.

A new wave of protests larger than at almost any other point in history is fighting back — let’s make sure that we mark the 100th day of his presidency with another mass action that stands up for our communities, including in Japan.

Join us on April 30th at 12pm at Bukkoji Kouen. Let’s march together.

Date: Sunday April 30th
Place: From Bukkoji Kouen to Kyoto City Hall
Time: Meet at Noon at Bukkoji Kouen (near Shijo/Kawaramachi)
Bring a placard.
The demo ends at Kyoto City Hall by around 1pm.
Directions to Bukkoji Kouen (park):
From Shijo Kawaramachi intersection, go south to first signal, turn east.

Please spread the word!


UPDATE: The new flyer for the march can be downloaded here:

Talk by Robert Yellin at the Gael, Kyoto, April 23rd

Mr. Yellin knows his pots.

Our favorite pottery expert, Robert Yellin is giving a talk at the Gael pub in Gion. The event will be from 4.00-6.00 on on April 23rd. This is a Writers in Kyoto (WiK) event so Wik members get in free (after John Dougill has strong-armed them out of their renewal fees) and ordinary humans pay a paltry 500 yen to hear one of Kyoto’s most entertaining speakers. If you think you are not interested in ceramics, let Robert open your eyes not only to their beauty but also to their rich spiritual and cultural worth. Here’s John Dougill with the good word on this event:

Local personality Robert Yellin will share his journey into the fascinating world of Japanese pottery. He first became known to many of us through his column in the Japan Times, which showed a deep sensitivity and appreciation of the artworks described. For years he was based near Shizuoka, and after moving to Kyoto a few years ago and opening his gallery, he has become a popular figure in the city’s creative circles. He’s also been much in demand internationally, giving talks at several leading institutions in Europe and the US, in addition to which he’s a dedicated tennis player and Facebook poster with a growing reputation for the beauty of his photographs. How did his love of ceramics develop, what brought him to Japan, and how did he make the contacts which enabled him to build a unique career as a foreign dealer with his own gallery? This illustrated talk promises to be quite an event, and to celebrate the occasion Robert will bring along a Kamakura era cup (13th century). In passing this around, the audience will be creating a communal bond by adding to its 800 year old history. ‘Ichigo ichie’ runs the Japanese saying – a one time only meeting. Please be sure to come early to ensure that you have a good seat.

This is a strictly non-smoking event. (Hurray!)

The Gael is on the second floor of a building just to the north of Minami-za, Kyoto’s kabuki theatre at Shijo Kawabata. Please see here for details about the location:

Doors open – 4.00. Entrance ¥500 (free for WiK members renewing the membership fee of ¥3000).

Talk – 4.30 (about 45 mins talk followed by questions)

Socialising -5.30-6.00

From 6.00 the pub will be open to the public (smoking allowed). (Boo!)

Kyotographie Masterclass with Isabel Muñoz & Taketeru Kudo

Thanks to Marguerite Paget for sending this in…

Capture the Moment! – Grasping the body and the movement

The work of Isabel Muñoz has always evolved around the body and movement. This is partly what has contributed Isabel Muñoz’s international notoriety.
Passionate about dance, she has worked on various series dedicated to the arts she herself practiced for a long time: Cuban Danza, Flamenco, Tango, Mitologias…
What captivates her more than anything is performance, boundaries, and sensuality.
This year, the KYOTOGRAPHIE Masterclass offers an original formula, exhilarating for both the participants and the photographer.
What better way of learning than to practise? Observe, understand, anticipate and capture!

It is through action that Isabel Muñoz invites you to step into her world and share her perspective. The workshop will be punctuated by moments of discussion and exchange, technical and theoretical advice (for example the handling light and the relationship to the subject) but mainly we will focus on shooting techniques applied in a unique context.
This context is created with the inclusion of Taketeru Kudo, one of the greatest Butoh dancers of his generation.

Can butoh be photographed?
Devoid of any decor, this art is inherently linked to black and white. The bodies of the dancers, covered in white powder, try to express the heaviness of the world and the dark forces at play within the soul.
In this context, photography rimes with intelligence, imagination and sensitivity.

Who can participate?
Anybody passionate about photography, with experience, that wants to experience a unique moment with out-of-the-ordinary teacher and a model.

April 17th 9:00-17:00
April 18th 9:00-17:00
*arrive 15min earlier

Fee: 20,000JPY (tax inclusive)
Venue: Former Shinpukan, Kyoto, JAPAN

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Music on the Edge of Silence: Shakuhachi Concert with Adrian Freedman

A solo shakuhachi concert with Adrian Freedman in the beautiful garden of Eiun-In temple, part of the Kurodani temple complex in Kyoto.

April 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: Eiun-In temple, Kyoto-shi, Sakyou-ku, Kurodani-cho 33, Kyoto, Kyoto Japan +Google Map
Tickets on the door: ¥2,000

Bridget Scott says, ‘A friend of mine, who lived here many years ago and is a shakuhachi player is returning for a concert at Eiu-in on 13th April. Adrian Freedman has been back recently in the past few years and has performed at Robert Yellin’s studio… He is an incredible musician… his shakuhachi playing really is “music of the edge of silence”. ‘

Adrian Freedman says, “It’s been more than 20 years since the first concerts I gave in this beautiful, tranquil, secluded garden. ancient and new music for shakuhachi … gentle tones of spring earth awakening … spirit of stillness … following the breath, following the heart … from sound to silence … ”

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Kyotographie Event: Zanele Masterclass On Self-Representation.

Thanks to Marguerite Paget for sending this in…

Date: April 16th 9:30-12:30
Fee: 10,000 JPY

Muholi is a visual activist, photographer, educator with multiple solo shows and group exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide.
In contrast to her life-long project of documenting members of the black LGBTI community of South Africa, for her latest body of work ‘Somnyama Ngonyama’, Muholi turns the camera on herself, experimenting with different characters and archetypes, portraying herself in highly stylized fashion using the performative and expressive language of theatre.
The black face and its details become the focal point, forcing the viewer to question their desire to gaze at images of her black figure.

‘By exaggerating the darkness of my skin tone, I’m reclaiming my blackness, which I feel is continuously performed by the privileged other.’
Join her for the Masterclass and reclaim your own visual identity through self-representation.

Date: April 16th 9:30-12:30
*arrive 15min earlier

Fee: 10,000JPY (tax inclusive)
Venue: Former Shinpukan, Kyoto, JAPAN

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