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Joel Stewart Painting Exhibition at Hakuhou-doh Gallery, Kyoto; 12/1 – 12/13 2015

Local artist, Joel Stewart, will be exhibiting his very fine works at Hakuhou-doh Gallery in Kyoto from December 1st to the 13th. Be prepared for some thought provoking juxtapositions of both abstract and representational art!


art gallery HAKUHOU-DOH / アートギャラリー博宝堂

Located on the east side of Jingumichi, south of Niomon Dori. Here is a MAP.
Address:〒606-8344 京都市左京区岡崎神宮道東側
Hours: 11:00 – 18:00
Tel: 075-771-9401
URLs: /

The 5th Kyoto Photo Walk with Javier Montano

5th photo walkNews from our friend Javier Montano:

It is finally here!

– Meet new friends and learn about photography in beautiful Nanzenji and beyond.
– All you need is a camera or a smartphone
– Please register now, It is FREE!

Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (JST)
Kyoto – Keage station (Tozai line). 蹴上駅 Keage-eki. Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture JP

Register here: Kyoto Photowalk

See also: Javier Montano’s Website
Javier Montano on Facebook: Daijoubu Photography

Upcoming Events at Kyoto Impact Hub; November – December 2015

Many thanks to Masami Utsunomiya from Kyoto Impact Hub for sending in this events list for the end of this year…

peacemaskDate: November 21st (Saturday)
Peace Mask Hibakusha Launch Party
Time: 17:00-19:00
Fee: 1000yen

On November 21st, we invite you to join the Peace Mask Project team at the Impact Hub Kyoto from 17:00-19:00 to join us in launching our newest initiative, the Peace Mask Hibakusha Project.

There will be music and some refreshments. We are asking for a 1,000yen donation towards the project, but most of all for your presence and support to the Hibakusha, whose Peace Masks we will be making in the coming month.
LINK: Facebook event page

kobujutsuDate: November 30th, December 7th, 14th, 21st (Mondays)
HUB Dojo ~ KOBUJUTSU ~ a classical Japanese martial art
Time: 18:30-20:00
Fee: 500yen for a trial lesson / 2000yen for each lesson / 8,000yen for a 5times ticket / Impact Hub Kyoto members and students will get 20% discount.

Kobujutsu originated in Japan over 500 years ago. Although life in Japan has changed considerably from the time when this martial art first took shape, the teachings remain unchanged and still hold great value and application to modern life.

  • Learning Kobujutsu will allow your body to reset to its proper usage and you will experience improved balance along with the benefits of exerting the least amount of energy necessary to perform any given task.
  • The focus of the class is to reconnect our mind, body, and spirit through the wisdom passed down from the ancestors of Kobujutsu.
  • The classes begin with still and moving meditation, followed by stretching and specialized warm up to facilitate proper movement and usage of the entire body.
  • The lessons are taught mainly in English to provide a unique multicultural learning experience


yogaDate: November 24st, December 1st, 8th (Tuesdays)
MORNING YOGA & MEDIATION ~ Heart Mind Body Health for late Autumn season ~
Time: 7:00-8:30
Fee: 3000yen for each class/ Impact Hub Kyoto members and students will get 20% discount

We have morning yoga & meditation classes at Impact Hub Kyoto. You will learn about health and balance for late Autumn Season. Home assignment will be given every week, so you will be aware of your condition of body and mind in everyday life.

sexy saladDate: November 24th, December 7th, 21st (the first and third Monday each month)
Sexy Salad
Time: 11:30-13:30
Fee for Members: Please bring your favorite vegetable or ingredient to share + donation
Fee for Non-members: ¥500 + Favorite food or ingredient to share + donation

Sexy Salad is a shared lunch prepared by our team at Impact Hub Kyoto. It is an event that is unique to Impact Hub and enjoyed all around the world.
All are welcome!
Kindly bring your favorite vegetables and we will mix them into a delicious, collaborative concoction to enjoy together on a coming summer day.
Let’s share stories and have a wonderful time together every other Monday!

For more information please visit the Kyoto Impact Hub website.

Ikuo Salley’s photo exhibition, “Whiskey Drinking Troubadour” at GalleryMain, Kyoto; Nov 13 – 22 2015

Thanks to Mike Vlasman for passing on news of this upcoming photography exhibition by Ikuo Salley.


The invisible society we built in cyberspace is prospering well like the tower of babel. It is the magic of anonymity helping us to express the many things we have wished to do secretly, and yet, people want to believe that this is real communication. On the contrary, our visible society is loosing the actual sense of expression and the personal touchof communication. When I was living in Hollywood, I noticed that all the tourists looked the same, but desperate people living on the street all had one of a kind faces. Prostitutes, gay guys, exiles, drug addicts, criminals……those people who have already known how hard life is……tell you a lot with their eyes. Looking into a face reaches me in a deep and honest sense, and also convinces me what “real communication” is. LINK

11/13 [Friday]ー11/23[Monday]

*closed on monday


**last day 13:00-17:00



A Night of Japanese Sake and Cuisine in a Kyoto Machiya Townhouse

October 8thAn update on this event from Takara Shuzo: “We regret to inform you that this event is now full. We have received an overwhelming response and wish to sincerely thank everyone who has taken the time to apply. We do currently plan to run this event again in the near future and look forward to welcoming more participants at that time.”

sake night

From Chris Malcolm,

Takara Shuzo, based in Kyoto and one of Japan’s leading sake and shochu producers, is looking for non-Japanese participants for a fun and informative night of Japanese food and sake at the beautifully restored beKyoto machiya and gallery in Kyoto. This cultural event will be hosted in English by international staff from Takara Shuzo, and attendees will have a chance to taste and learn about 9 premium sake, including several daiginjo varieties, while enjoying a full Japanese meal. During dinner, the staff will give a short seminar on sake, Japanese food, and sake pairings. In addition to the meal, participants will receive a bottle of Mio Sparkling Sake at the end in exchange for their cooperation in filling out a couple of short surveys.

Fee: 500 yen. This includes a full meal, and sampling of 9 premium sake.

Time: Friday, Oct 16 from 5:45. The event will end around 8:00pm.

Participants: The event is limited to 15 non-Japanese guests.

Application Method:

・Simply send a message with your name in an Email titled ‘Sake Tasting’ to If you wish to invite friends, please include their names in the Email as well.
・Application deadline: Oct 14, 2015, 5:00pm.
・All applicants will be notified by email with the result of their application.
・Participants will be determined via their applications on a first come, first serve basis.
・If we have reached capacity at the time of your application, we will add you to a waitlist and contact you if there are any cancellations.


beKyoto Art Gallery and Rental Space:
〒602-0064 京都市上京区新町通上立売上る 安楽小路町429-1
beKyoto is a 5min walk from Imadegawa subway station exit 2.

Additional event and contact information will be provided to participants through email at the time of confirmation.

machiya venue


・Any information collected via Email from attendees will be used solely for the organization of this event or future editions of the same event for applicants unable to attend due to overcapacity.
・Takara Shuzo does not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to others.
・All guests must be at least 20 years old.
・Given that alcoholic beverages will be served, please do not travel to the event by car, motorcycle or bicycle.

We look forward to seeing you there!”

Zenbu Zen Winter Tour of Kyoto January 2016 with Food Writer Jane Lawson

zenbu zenIn December 2010, food writer and photographer Jane Lawson, escaped her overworked and stressed out life as a publisher and ran away to her dream city: Kyoto. Here she spent five months exploring Kyoto culture, particularly Kyoto food culture, and wrote a book to record that exploration. Zenbu Zen is part memoir, part cookbook, and part pictorial tribute to the city she loves: a beautiful book to look at and an excellent primer for the study of Japanese cuisine. But the story doesn’t end there, for Jane has continued her love affair with this city and each year hosts expert culinary and cultural tours of the ancient capital. Here’s Jane to tell us more…

Thinking about travelling to Kyoto but don’t want to do it on your own? Do you lean towards an intimate, connected travel experience over larger in-personal group travel? If so, this in-depth Kyoto tour hosted by food and travel writer Jane Lawson, author of Zenbu Zen – Finding Food, Culture and Balance in Kyoto has just 4 spots ( of 8) left!

ZENBU ZENzenbu 3

Winter Cuisine & Culture Tour of Kyoto

12 days/11 nights

9 -20 January 2016

AUD $10, 199 p/p or $9799 p/p twin share

(maximum of 8 places available)

Jane says, “We’ll spend our days soaking in the serene atmosphere of Kyoto, the country’s cultural and historical heart, returning each night to the luxurious Kyoto Hyatt Regency Hotel – an appropriate base for witnessing the best of this city’s omotenashi (hospitality).

zenbu tour

This is an in-depth experience for like-minded folk who appreciate the finer things in life – great food, sake and laughter. Meet creative and talented locals, visit quiet temples, shrines and gardens. Shop for artisan ceramics, antiques or stunning contemporary home-wares. Float around galleries and museums. Sample your way through this spectacular cuisine in some of Jane’s favourite restaurants and take time out to relax or explore on your own. We’ll also day trip to wonderful Kanazawa, the ancient city of Nara and vibrant Osaka.’

zenbu 2

Blissful Kyoto, encircled by snow-capped mountains is the perfect place to relax and recharge for those who appreciate aesthetics, culture and peace. Magical vistas, alpine air, seasonal delicacies and the opportunity to wander minus the crowds of spring and autumn. Experience the beauty in simplicity and be nurtured and inspired by this mystical city of layered textures.”

zenbu 4

Click the link for more details!

All images courtesy of Jane Lawson.

NUIT BLANCHE 2015 -KYOTO OPENING PERFORMANCE « Langage, texture et mouvement »

From Marguerite Paget

NUIT BLANCHE 2015 -KYOTO OPENING PERFORMANCE « Langage, texture et mouvement »


October 3rd 2015
Kyoto International Manga Museum – 19:00
UrBANGUILD Open 20:00 – Starts 20:30


«Langage, Texture et Mouvement» is a unique mix-media live performance which gathers classical conductor, composer and percussionist YANNICK PAGET, filmmaker and visual artist ALEXANDRE MAUBERT (Villa Kujoyama 2012), painter DAIJIRO HAMA and electro artist YOHEI YAMAKADO for a special artistic collaboration. Staged in front of Kyoto International Manga Museum (October 3rd, 19:00), the performance will launch the 5th edition of the Contemporary Art Festival : Nuit Blanche Kyoto which 2015 theme is « Fashion x Contemporary Art ».


« Langage, texture et mouvement » : an artistic encounter
Initiated by Yannick Paget this group performance explores fashion, as an art of
appearance that connects or disconnects us, forms communities or leads to rejection. Appearance draws a limit between our interior & our exterior. It creates frontiers, materialized by the textile. Like interlaced fabric, this musical live performance explores physicality; turning fabric into human tissue through the collaboration and encounter of artists coming from different countries, raised in entirely different artistic universe, from classical music to electro or improvisation and using different mediums (video, music, painting, dance…).


While Alexandre Maubert’s vidéos with Daijiro Hama’s painting and the dancers, Kyoko Nomura (Monochrome Circus), Asuka Ueki, Eri Chian, Caitlin Coker and Mina Yoshida will be projected on the wall of the Kyoto International Manga
Museum, conductor and composer Yannick Paget will perform together with the electro artist Yohei Yamakado, playing percussion live (some made out of textile), and conducting the musicians scattered throughout the venue.


Following the Manga Museum performance the artists will continue the experiment at UrBANGUILD inviting the public to join them for a night of hybrid performance, connecting music, contemporary dance, live painting and video.


About Nuit Blanche Kyoto
Every autumn, Paris stages a one-night arts festival called Nuit Blanche (“White Night”) celebrating contemporary art. During this night, museums, private and public art galleries and other cultural institutions are open and free of charge, turning the centre of the city itself into a de facto art gallery and providing space for art installations, performances (music, film, dance, performance art), themed social gatherings, and other activities. For the 5th time, Kyoto, sister city of Paris, holds the companion event “Nuit Blanche Kyoto” in various spots around the city welcoming the public to enjoy both Japanese and French contemporary artworks for free and lighting up Kyoto’s night in a wide range of events including performances, exhibitions and projection mapping on building exteriors.


In 2015 Nuit Blanche Kyoto presents : « Fashion x Contemporary Art » a promising wide-ranging program :
Paris and Kyoto: both cities have long good tradition of art and craft. Moreover both cities have developed a strong culture of fashion. Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2015 is considering the possibility of cultural exchange through a passage of fashion. We are somehow connected to fashion even when we are unconscious. It’s an everyday tool, a business and a medium of expression. We are contemplating how fashion and art are related from now on. In 21st. century, how do the two cities create in those fields? Nuit Blanche Kyoto 2015 introduces some remarkable works by artists, craftsman and designers under the theme of New Creation in Kyoto. We explores the new relations between art and fashion. We care for tradition but we need to find a way to reinvent it.
Advisors: Hiroshi Ashida (Seika University), Makoto Ishizeki (Kyoto Costume
Institute), Hiroshi Narumi (Kyoto Joshi University)
More information :

Venues : Kyoto International Manga Museum – 19:00
Karasuma-Oike, Nagakyo-ku. TEL/ 075-254-7414
URBANGUILD – Open 20:00 – Starts 20:30
Nakagyō-ku Kiyamachi dori, Sanjō Sagaru New Kyoto Building 3F
TEL/FAX 075-212-1125
Press Contact : Marguerite Paget / / Mob : 090 6556 1974

Kyoto’s 39th Autumn Antiquarian Book Fair 2015


Kyoto’s annual Autumn Antiquarian Book Fair starts Thursday Oct. 30th at Chion-ji Temple – just a stone’s throw away from the Hyakumanben intersection. Though the majority of the books available (about 200,000 in all) are Japanese, there are always some English books available, as well as art books and ukiyo-e prints etc. The grounds of the temple are also a very peaceful and pleasant location in which to browse for bargains.

Dates: Friday October 30 – Tuesday November 3
Location: Chion-ji Temple
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Access: Chion-ji Temple is on the north side of Imadegawa opposite Kyoto University. It’s a ten minutes walk east of Keihan Demachiyanagi Station, or 3 minutes from the Hyakumanben bus stop. (map)

This is one of three annual used book fairs held in Kyoto, the others being held in spring and summer. I have written about the summer sale here.

Once again the flyer for this event has been designed by the very talented Nakagawa Non. You can view more of her artwork at her site here:

antiquarian reverse

Silent Movie Screening at The Toy Film Museum, Kyoto; 12th September 2015

There will be another silent movie screening at the Toy Film Museum on September 12th, with (Japanese) narration from regular 活弁士 (katsubenshi), Kataoka Ichiro. Three films will be shown starring the legendary Matsunosuke Onoe who was Japan’s first big movie star. This particular event is being held to celebrate the 140th anniversary of his birth.

The show starts at 3pm and costs 1700 for entry.


「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.

Stratum3人展案内状(japanese name version)

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.

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’


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’


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’

Gallery Morning
207 Nakano-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Click here for a MAP.

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