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「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

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

himeko

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.

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

The Toy Film Museum – おもちゃ映画ミュージアム

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Kyoto’s newest museum, the Toy Film Museum,  opened on May 18th 2015 on a tiny little side street just off Koin Doori in the Mibu area. I ventured down there shortly after it opened to see what it was like. My general feeling after visiting is that the place has a lot of potential, but if you are not fluent in Japanese and/or super interested in old movies then this place isn’t really for you. I am interested in old movies, so I really liked the place, but I would understand if it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. However, they will be holding events, talks and movie screenings there, which may be of more general interest. More about the events later. First here’s what I found when I visited:

* It’s in a cute old machiya building, but at present only a small part of that building contains exhibits.
* The main exhibits are antique cameras and home movie projectors. These are not individually labelled with information.
* I was given a print about the contents of the museum and there is some information on the surrounding walls about movie history but naturally this is all in Japanese.
* Likewise the staff only speak Japanese, but they are super friendly, and they very kindly gave me a cup of coffee and a biscuit!
* There are some toys and toy projectors you can play with, but by themselves they are probably not enough to warrant the 500 yen entry fee.
* They also have some old silent movies on show on a TV screen hooked up to a computer. These seemed to be mostly swashbuckling samurai chambara movies, which back in the golden age of Japanese movie making were as popular as Hollywood westerns.

Some of those old timey projectors.

Some of those old timey projectors.

I rather enjoyed talking with the people at the museum who were very happy to talk about old movies with me. It’s also nice to see this aspect of Kyoto’s heritage being celebrated. Kyoto has a long historical connection with the movie industry, Japanese movie making was basically born here, and during Kyoto’s movie-making heyday in the 1930s the local studios at Uzumasa were knocking out 4 movies a month. Remember, in those days, people didn’t have TV, so movies were the most popular form of entertainment and showings were always packed.

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Some of the exhibits at the Toy Film Museum.

During the silent movie era, Japan had a rather unique way of presenting movies. In addition to musical accompaniment, there was also a narrator, called a 活弁士 (katsubenshi). Like the very best storytellers, this narrator wouldn’t just explain the action on screen but would give voice to the characters and really bring the movie to life. Some of these narrators were extremely popular in their own right and people would go as much to enjoy the katsuben performance as to see the movie itself.

Now this brings me to an upcoming event at the Toy Film Museum which presents a unique opportunity to enjoy a silent movie screening in an old-timey Japanese style. As I wrote above, the organizers of the museum are planning to hold some talks and old movie screenings at the venue and there is a special movie screening coming up this Sunday on June 14th. The movie is called 僕らの弟 (Our Little Brother), a 1933 movie by celebrated screenwriter Yoshitaka Yoda, and it will be narrated live by expert movie narrator, Kataoka Ichiro. You can read more about the movie in the flyers which I shall post below. The fee for entry is 1,700 yen and the doors open at 18.30 for a 19.00 screening. Of course the whole event is in Japanese, but if your language skills are up to scratch this could be a really entertaining event. And if they aren’t up to scratch, well it’ll be good practice for you. Here are those (clickable) event flyers.

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Location: The Toy Film Museum is on a tiny side street on the east side of Koin Doori: the diagonal street that runs betwen Shijo Omiya Station and Nijo Station. The side street is easy to miss but there’s a shop with a sign reading “National Bicycle” just opposite and a Toy Film Museum sign to point the way. You can find a map here: MAP.
Address: 〒604‐8805
京都府京都市中京区壬生馬場町29-1
Telephone Number: 075(803)0033
Website: http://toyfilm-museum.jp/

Many thanks to Akira Yamamoto for posting about the Toy Film Museum on the Deep Kyoto Facebook Page, and to the folks at the Toy Film Museum for keeping me posted on events.

FESTIVIN! Natural Wine Festival in Kyoto June 28th 2015

Since 2010, Festivin, Japan’s largest natural wine festival, has been held in Tokyo, but this year for the first time it comes to Kyoto!

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What is Festivin?

As the name FESTIVIN suggests (the coinage of the words “festival” and “vin” – vin meaning wine in French), it is not a professional tasting session (we do not have any spittoons at the venue), but an opportunity to share delicious wines with mates. The number of attendees has increased year by year and we were happy to have around 2,000 people (over two sessions on the day), last year. You will be able to taste as many wines as you want from a selection of around 300 labels from France, Italy, Georgia, Austria, Chile, Slovenia and other countries. – From Food & Wine Diary from Tokyo.

Event details:

Date/Time: 2015.6.28 (Sunday) 12:00-16:00

Admission: ¥6,000 in advance ¥7,000 cash at the door (subject to availability) – please understand that tickets for the event may sell-out in advance of the event date and may not be available on the day. Admission includes unlimited tasting of available wines, one tasting glass and a memorial glass holder; yours to keep forever. Please note that food is not included in the admission price and is available on a “pay as you eat” basis.

Online tickets (Ticket Pia): http://ticket.pia.jp/pia/event.do?eventCd=1522191
Ticket Pia Tel : 0570-02-9999
http://t.pia.jp/
P-code: 629470 (using this code, aside from Ticket Pia, tickets can also be purchased at Circle K and Seven-Eleven convenience stores)

You can also buy tickets at participating restaurants and wine bars (see http://festivin.com for details).

Venue: Miyako Messe, 9-1 Okazaki, Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, 606-8343
http://www.miyakomesse.jp/
http://www.miyakomesse.jp/english/

E-mail: festivin@gmail.com (English enquiries are welcome)
http://festivin.com
https://ja-jp.facebook.com/festivin

For more details see the official Festivin website: http://festivin.com
For a history of Festivin see The Food & Wine Diary from Tokyo.