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Deep Kyoto: Walks ~ Released on Amazon!


Deep Kyoto: Walks
Publisher: Deep Kyoto; 1st edition (May 18, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
URL: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KFM2J0C
Price: $7.99 (811 yen)

Editors: Michael Lambe & Ted Taylor

Authors: Jennifer Louise Teeter, Bridget Scott, Miki Matsumoto, Robert Yellin, Pico Iyer, Chris Rowthorn, John Dougill, John Ashburne, Stephen Henry Gill, Sanborn Brown, Joel Stewart, Izumi Texidor-Hirai, Perrin Lindelauf and Judith Clancy.

18 walks
16 photographic illustrations
A specially commissioned woodblock print by Richard Steiner
12 detailed maps
Links to all locations on Google Maps
Cover Art by internationally acclaimed artist Sarah Brayer

I am very happy to announce the release of our ebook Deep Kyoto: Walks on Amazon.com.

Just a little over a year ago I began to send out tentative proposals for the first Deep Kyoto publication. The book would be about walking in Kyoto. But it would not be a typical guidebook, with a set of directions and little nuggets of historical and cultural information. Each walk would be a meditative stroll around an area the writer knew intimately and would explore that writer’s personal relationship to the city. The book would be both a literary tribute to the city as home, and a testament to the art of walking for its own sake.

To my delight our writers responded with great enthusiasm to this proposal, and in their walks they have taken my initial idea into areas I could never have imagined. In our book we have neighborhood walks, mountain hikes, bar crawls, backstreet rambles, philosophical wanderings and strolls down memory lane. And we have gathered a fantastic group of writers too, from established Kyoto experts like Pico Iyer, Judith Clancy and John Ashburne to newer talent like Bridget Scott and Izumi-Texidor-Hirai: all of our contributors have written superb accounts of walking this city and I want to thank them all for their participation in this project.

I would also like to thank our artists: Sarah Brayer for her wonderful cover art, and Richard Steiner for his beautiful print illustration of Daimonji in flames.

Profound thanks also to Yutaka Nakayama for his design work on the cover and for his super detailed maps. And to Rick Elizaga who stepped in to take care of the formatting, and who has done a truly splendid job of it, many many thanks indeed.

Finally I would like to express my eternal gratitude to my co-editor and very best walking companion, Ted Taylor (1). From the beginning of this project to the end, he has been a great ally, and a source of encouragement, energy and inspiration.

This has been a great collective effort and together we have made a wonderful book of which we can be hugely proud. I look forward very much to our next collaboration.


Note (1): Other than Mewby of course!

See also:
Introducing the Writers
Meet the Artists

Bridget Scott & Christopher Fryman in ALTI BUYOH FESTIVAL 3rd NOVEMBER from 6pm

Bridget says,

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying this lovely Autumn weather.

On Thursday 3rd November, a public holiday, I will be appearing at ALTI Hall with musician Christopher Fryman. We are part of ALTI BUYOH FESTIVAL. We were lucky to be selected from numerous applicants to perform on this big stage with great sound and lighting systems. There will be 6 different groups, each allowed up to 20 minutes on the stage.

We have created a new work “Somewhere in Between”. I will be performing my original dance and Christopher will be playing live trumpet and electronics.  We hope you can join us with our own contribution to Culture Day.

Time: The evening starts at 6pm, we will be 3rd, scheduled for 7:30pm.

Tickets: ¥1,500. Both Christopher and I have tickets to sell, so please contact us. (bridgetscottnow@hotmail.com, cfryman@gmail.com)

Place: Alti Hall

Location: Alti Hall is on Karasuma, opposite the Gosho, between Imadegawa and Marutamachi. It is a little nearer to Imadegawa, next to the Kongo Noh Theatre. Here is a map.

Bridget Scott’s Butoh Workshop #3

Our friend Bridget writes,

On 24th July I will hold the third in my series of monthly butoh workshops at Ichijoji Shukaijo – an old dojo in Ichijoji.

We will begin with a good warm up and then do some butoh image work, followed by pair work, some choreography and improvisation and finally a warm down.

My workshop will be inspired by my work with my teachers Katsura Kan, Min Tanaka and Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno as well as and my own experiences as a performer for over 20 years.

The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in expressing something with their body and exploring butoh ideas and movement.

No experience is necessary. Wear clothes that are easy to move in.

Here is the basic information:

Sun 24th July 10am-1pm (the last Sunday morning of every month.)

Place ~ Ichijoji Shukaijo (see below)

Advanced Booking:  ¥2,000(¥1,500 for students)

At the Door: ¥2,500(¥2,000 for students)


Contact me at this email address or phone at 090-3853-4162


Train: Eizan line Ichijoji Station       Walk east from the station and follow directions below.

Bus: No 5 Ichijoji Sagarimatsu cho  Cross Shirakawa Dori at the traffic lights and follow directions below.


From Shirakawa Manshuin Michi. You will see Circle K on the right and a big pachinko parlor opposite it.

Go east on Manshuin michi until you see a stone tori for Hachidai Jinja.

There turn left (don’t go up the hill to Shisendo).Keep going north, in the second block you will see gates into what looks like a school yard and a hand carved sign with 上一乗寺集会所.

Go through the gates and you will see a pine tree. Behind it is the old dojo.

This is Ichijoji Shukaijo.

Here is a

Images from Schale Vol 8

Bridget Scott at Schale 8

Last Friday’s eight installment of Schale at Urbanguild was a splendid night of vision, sound and music. In five collaborative multi-media acts, the various dancers, artists and musicians inspired each other into exploring the boundaries of their arts before a very appreciative audience. It was a packed house and not one of the acts disappointed!

Christopher Fryman (trumpet, electronics) × Bridget Scott (dance) × 小板橋慶子 (silk fiber art)

Too dark to video but certainly one of the more photogenic pieces of the night, this was the best performance I’ve seen from Bridget Scott and I’m hoping to see her collaborate with Christopher Fryman again. Keiko Koi’s beautiful handcrafted silk works gave Bridget plenty to play with. At times she shrouded herself in the material, at others the material became an extension of her body, and finally she used it as a starry bridge between the audience and the performance.

きんとと (dance) × 鼓人cOtO (sound)

The welcome return of the gold painted ladies! Rather overdressed compared to the last time I saw Kintoto but a great performance none-the-less and at least this time the photos and video are safe for work!

ぼーぼーず (歌と演奏) × あたしよしこ (脳想パフォーマンス)

Another bonkers performance from the marvellous BoooBooozz girls this time with conceptual performer Atashi Yoshiko.

PSYCHEDELIC DESERT (sound) × 長沢美紀 (映像)

Nagasawa Miki’s mental lanscapes inspired an intense musical meditation from Pychedelic Desert.

Andrew Couzens (sound, image) × caitlin coker (dance) × みすず (dance) × PROBLEMATICA (sound, voice)

The final act of the evening: caitlin coker and Misuzu danced to a melange of haunting music, industrial sound and a jagged sliver of scrumpled up colours from Andy Couzens.

Coming soon from Urbanguild: Fake JuNkroom Vol. 1 ~ July 8th 2011

Butoh Workshops & Shiatsu Classes with Bridget Scott

Our friend Bridget Scott says,

Bridget Scott

At last I am starting to teach my own monthly butoh workshop at Ichijoji Shukaijo – an old dojo in Ichijoji. In April I worked with Katsura Kan, who was the teacher who lead me into the butoh world in 1989. I also studied with Min Tanaka, and butoh greats: Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno. I feel as if I have come full circle after dancing with Katsura Kan again. Time to start anew!

My Butoh workshop will be inspired by these teachers and my own experiences as a performer for over 20 years. The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in expressing something with their body and exploring butoh ideas and movement. No experience necessary.

Now is an important time in Japan. If we are here, we should really BE here and do what we have to do.
This is an added reason to start my butoh class. I’ve been meaning to teach it for years…. Now is the time!
I’m also continuing my weekly shiatsu class on Saturday mornings.
If you are interested in studying either butoh or shiatsu, please contact me at:

If there is something you’ve been meaning to do, get down to it! Now!

Here is the basic information for the Butoh workshop:

First workshop: Sunday 29th May 10am-1pm
Future workshops will be on the last Sunday morning of every month.
Location: Ichijoji Shukaijo
Fee: ¥2,000, ¥1,500 for students
Please wear clothes that are easy to move in.
Contact: http://www.bridgetscottshiatsu.com/bridget_scott_shiatsu/contact.html

By train: Take the Eizan line to Ichijoji Station then walk east from the station and follow the directions below.
By bus: Take bus No 5 to Ichijoji Sagarimatsu cho. Cross Shirakawa Dori at the traffic lights and follow the directions below.

From Shirakawa Manshuin Michi. You will see Circle K on the right and a big pachinko parlor opposite it.
Go east on Manshuin michi until you see a stone tori for Hachidai Jinja.
There turn left (don’t go up the hill to Shisendo). Keep going north, in the second block you will see gates into what looks like a school yard and a hand carved sign with
Go through the gates and you will see a pine tree. Behind it is the old dojo.
This is Ichijoji Shukaijo.

Here is a Google Maps Link for Ichijoji Shukaijo.
Click on it to see the map.

Thanks Bridget! Bridget has also informed me that she will be performing a dance at the Velvet Moon event at Urbanguild this Saturday (May 21st). The event starts at 7pm and Bridget is scheduled to begin at 9pm.

More up-and-coming events:
Saturday May 21st – David Waddell & Max Dodds Play for Tohoku @ Tadg’s Irish Pub
Saturday May 28th – Bring & Buy Benefit Sale for Tohoku Disaster Relief
Saturday June 4th – Headbangers Death Night vol.9
Sat/Sun June 11th/12th – Sora ra ~ Dance Performance by Heidi Durning & Mori Mikayo @ Eiun-in

Katsura Kan Buto Workshop & Performances

Dance is the original behavior of the body.
Dance is before or beyond words.
Dance is play with the human form.

In this intensive workshop, Katsura Kan will share ideas about dance choreography through his “Matrix”. This is not a butoh class or lesson. Instead, it is an opportunity to do cooperative research about a “strange object”…..THE BODY.

Our friend Bridget Scott says…

April is a busy dance month for me. Not only do I have a nihon buyoh performance on Saturday but also I am busy organising and participating and performing with my first butoh teacher, Katsura Kan. It was after seeing a butoh performance by Katsura Kan in 1989 that I was inspired to enter the world of dance. I was a member of his group “Katsura Kan and Saltimbanques” for 5 years. We performed all over Kansai as well as having a tour in Java and Seoul. My work with Katsura Kan was seminal in my development as a dancer. Since 1997, Katsura Kan has been based outside Japan, performing, choreographing and giving workshops around the world. So, this April we have a rare chance to enjoy his performance, intensive workshop and choreography.

Here is the schedule:

9th April 7:30pm: Dance Relation#1 at Urbanguild Kyoto A night of various butoh dancers including Katsura Kan

14th-17th April:    Katsura Kan’s Intensive Butoh Workshop Explorations in Butoh Choreography

17th April 7:30pm: Dance Relation#2 at Urbanguild Kyoto
A night of performance inspired by the intensive workshop

23rd,24th AprilDespite Spring at Yamada Bokojyo, Shiga
Musicians and dancers directed and choreographed by Katsura Kan

29th,30th April:   Despite Spring at Lespace, Kyoto
Musicians and dancers directed and choreographed by Katsura Kan

For more details click on the flyer below. Contact details are below that.

For more information about workshop contents, contact Katsura Kan directly at: <kanbutoh@yahoo.co.jp>

To reserve a place in the workshop, contact:

•Bridget Scott: e-mail<bridgetscottnow@hotmail.com> tel. 080 3853 4162
•Mitsu Salmon: e-mail<lightsake@gmail.com>; tel. 080 4242 5404

Place: Balina Studio near Tofukuji Station

Qualification to participate: You must be able to walk by yourself. Stage experience is not necessary. Bring clothes which are easy to move in. A reservation is necessary.

You can view videos of Katsura Kan’s performances here.

Thanks to Bridget and also to Mitsu for this information!

Patterns: A Butoh Dance Performance

Bridget Scott writes:

I know it is short notice, but I want to let you know about my performance on Sun 8th November in Kyoto. I will be performing with an old friend, Jeannie Donald-McKim, who I introduced to Butoh nearly 20 years ago. Jeannie returned to England and studied Dance Movement Therapy and set up Oxford based Butoh group, Cafe Reason. She is having a nostalgic short trip back to Kyoto with her young family. It is 15 years since we performed together so we are both excited to have this opportunity to share the same stage.

Bridget Scott

Picture courtesy of Bridget Scott

We will each be performing a solo piece plus a collaboration with Sseeaann Rrooee*, an experimental musician and organiser of Kyoto’s JunKroom.

PATTERNS: a butoh performance with dancers, Bridget Scott and Jeannie Donald-McKim and experimental musician, Sseeaann Rrooee.
When: Sunday 8th November
Doors open: 2:30 Starts: 3:00
Where: Space ALS-D

Access: Space ALS-D is in Kita-Ku, just off Kuramaguchi dori. From Funaoka Onsen, heading west, take the first small street on the left after the pet shop. Then take the immediate small street on the right. Turn left at the next corner (the only option) and it is on the right side of the street. Look out for signs to Space ALS-D. Here is a map.

Entrance: 1,800 yen in advance and 2,000 yen on the door
Information: For more information and reservations contact me by email or keitai 080-3853-4162

Thanks Bridget!

*Man of many monikers, Sean Roe, in addition to organizing events (and selling records) as Jun Kroom, dj’ing as DJ AFRIphoniCAAAA, also makes music (and messes with your eyes) as Sseeaann Rrooee.

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