Category Archives: Up-and-coming…

Coming very soon, the first publication from Deep Kyoto:

I am very pleased to release the cover for our upcoming publication: Deep Kyoto Walks. Many thanks to Sarah Brayer for allowing us to use her painting “Blue Kyoto” and to Yutaka Nakayama for his cover design.

2 artists. 16 writers. 18 walks. Deep Kyoto Walks will be released initially as an ebook in the very near future. Further details will be posted on this site over the next two weeks, but I am confident that you will all be pleasantly surprised by the content.

Hibiku: A Photographic Experiment at Cafe Foodelica, Kyoto; April 17th – May 11th 2014

14 artists. 28 images. 8 nationalities. Anonymous ‘seed’ photos are met with visual responses. A strange amalgam ensues.


The Hibiku 響 photo exhibition opened at Cafe Foodelica in Shugakuin, Kyoto on Thursday April 17th and continues until Sunday May 11th inclusive. Admission is free, though guests are requested to sample some of the Cafe’s fantastic food & drinks.
The opening party is on April 19th (Saturday) from 7pm – 10pm (last food order 9pm),  and the Meet the Artists night is on the following Saturday (26th) from 6.30 – 10pm. All welcome.
Location: Cafe Foodelica is easy to find, just a short walk West from the junction of Kitayama and Kitashitakawa streets in Shugakuin. Alternatively, walk East from Shugakuin station on the Eiden line, for just two minutes. Look for the red door. If you are coming by bus (#5, 北8) get off at Shugakuinmichi.
Here is a MAP.

From the Hibiku blog:

‘Seed and Response’
The process of creating the exhibit was integral to the project. We all selected ‘seed’ photographs, taken by ourselves, and placed them in untitled brown envelopes, shuffled them up, and received them at random from the pile. It then became our task to respond to those images photographically. When we come to hang the show in April, the seed and response images will be displayed alongside each other, with some textual comment on how and why we responded as we did. we were inspired to do this, to some degree, by poetry and the ‘call-response’ and ‘renga linked poetry’ genres, and a strong desire to explore new avenues of creativity.


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Spring Antiquarian Book Fair at Miyako Messe

I must admit I am a fan of the artwork on Kyoto’s Antiquarian Book Fair flyers, but with this most recent and most glorious depiction of Meiji Era Okazaki, local illustrator Nakagawa Non has excelled herself!

Meiji OkazakiThis is the 32nd Spring book fair! Though the majority of the books available (about 500,000 in all) are Japanese, there are always some English books available, as well as art books and ukiyo-e prints etc. You can read about last summer’s book fair here.
Date: May 1st – 5th 2014
Location: The first floor of Miyako Messe in Okazaki (京都市勧業館「みやこめっせ」1F第二展示場). Miyako Messe is a stone’s throw away from Heian Jingu. Here is a MAP.
Address: 〒606-8343 京都市左京区岡崎成勝寺町9-1
Business Hours:10~16:45 (Closing at 16:00 on the final day)

This is one of three annual used book fairs held in Kyoto. The other book fairs for 2014 are scheduled as follows:
August 11 – 16 Summer Antiquarian Book Fair
October 30 – November 3 – Autumn Antiquarian Book Fair
For further details in Japanese please refer to:

Tadg’s is back!

Tadg and Mika McLoughlin are opening a new establishment “Tadg’s Gastro Pub” on the site of the former Merry Island restaurant this Friday. Here’s the good word from the man himself via his blog:

Dear Friends,

We have moved and are just a three-minute walk north of or original site at the Empire building. Go up Kiyamachi, cross Oike, it’s right on the right (east) side. It is the same location as the former Merry Island restaurant. We officially open from 5pm this Friday 11th April. We have changed the name to “Tadg’s Gastro Pub”. We are starting off with 5 taps featuring the best selection of Japanese craft beers, We will be stocking 10L kegs, the smaller kegs will ensure we will always have a quick turn over, therefore a greater selection of the best craft beers in Japan in stock. We will be adding on more taps and will also have a great bottled beer selection to complement our taps.

Our food menu, will have some of our favourites as well as some new additions.

It will take a little while to streamline, our goal will be seasonal, healthy, delicious.

…We are now open for lunch running the current Merry Island menu after Golden we will be introducing a completely new menu. More information anon.

As with all new businesses it will take us a little time to familiarise ourselves with our new surroundings. We will endeavour to make it as smooth as possible, so we thank you in advance for your patience if there are any hiccups.

We look forward to seeing you.

Tadg & Mika

New Address: 1F 498 Kamikoriki-cho, Nakagyo-ku, 604-0923 Kyoto, Japan

Tel: 075-213-0214075-213-0214

And here is a MAP.

For menu details and other information please refer to Tadg’s blog.

Hanezu Odori – Dance performance at Kyoto’s Zuishin-in Temple


From the Japan Times,

Girls in pale pink traditional costumes will dance and sing in a “Hanezu Odori” performance at Zuishin-in Temple in Kyoto on March 30.

The performance will be held three or four times during the day. The temple is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and admission will be ¥1,000.

The temple is a five-minute walk from Ono Station on the Tozai Line.

For more info please, visit (in Japanese) or 075-571-0025075-571-0025.

See also: Zuishin-in ~ A Refuge in Ono

150 Years of Red Cross Action - Exhibition at Kyoto University Museum

Just one week left to catch this exhibition at Kyoto University Museum:


Putting Humanity First in Conflict

“In 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was founded to save wounded on battlefield. This then gave birth to the International Movement of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. In 1864, the First Geneva Convention was drafted, which later developed into four conventions as World War II showed the disastrous consequences to civilians without such protection. Nowadays, the Geneva Conventions are the only truly universal treaty, which every state on earth has signed. Continue reading

58th Grand Antique Fair in Kyoto

From the Japan Times,


The 58th Grand Antique Fair in Kyoto will run from March 28 to 30, with more than 350 shops from all over Japan displaying and selling their wares.

Admission is free. The market will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. except on March 30, when it will close at 4 p.m.

The fair takes place in Kyoto Pulse Plaza, and a free shuttle bus will be provided from Takeda Station on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line and the Karasuma Line. Here is a MAP.

For further information, check (in Japanese) or call 077-522-2307077-522-2307.

Kyotographie: International Photography Festival 2014

“The KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival blossoms in Kyoto for its second year in April 2014…during the height of Kyotoʼs booming tourist season. The festival celebrates art and culture, bringing a distinct dimension to the historic city. KYOTOGRAPHIE creates opportunities and events that bring people together of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Situated in Kyotoʼs world-class atmosphere KYOTOGRAPHIE unites ancient history and contemporary art.”

Photo by Tim Flach

Photo by Tim Flach

This year’s Kyotographie photography fesitval runs for four weeks from April 19th to May 18th. Check the website to view the artists involved and the calendar of public programs!

Craft Beer Festa Kyoto 2014 – May 10th @ Sanjo Shopping Arcade

The flyer for this year’s Craft Beer Festa in Kyoto’s Sanjo Arcade has now been released!

Craft Beer Festa

Here are the details:
Date: Saturday 10th May 2014
Time: 14:00 ~ 20:00
Place: Sanjo Association Shopping Arcade centred on the Sanjo/Ōmiya Park


  • 10 minutes walk north of Hankyu Ōmiya Station
  • From JR Nijo Station’s east exit walk south to the first set of lights and then east for ten minutes.
  • Subway Nijojo-mae Station’s exit 3, walk south for 3 minutes.
  • Nearby bus stops are Shijo/Ōmiya (四条大宮), Senbon/Sanjo (千本三条), and Horikawa/Sanjo (堀川三条)

Here is a MAP.
For further details check the official website (Japanese):

Found via Japan Beer Times.

First Impression – Daniel Kelly Exhibition at Hakuhou-Dou

Daniel Kelly’s exhibitions at Hakuhou-Dou have become an annual event!

daniel exhibition…And it seems only natural now, as the sakura blooms, that we celebrate the rites of spring at Daniel’s reception party. Here are the details!

First Impressions: April 1 – April 13 2014
Reception party Friday, April 4, 6:00 – 9:00pm
April 1 – 12, 11:00am – 7:00pm
April 13, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Monday April 7

Hakuhou-doh is on the east side of Jingumichi, south of Niomon Dori. Here is a MAP.

Address: 〒606-8344
TEL: 075-771-9401075-771-9401
Opening: 11:00~19:00
Closed: Mondays

To find out more about Daniel Kelly’s life and art read my article here, or take a look at his spiffy website here.