A warm welcome in Kyoto: the start of 京町家AIR2014

A warm welcome in Kyoto: the start of  京町家AIR2014

A warm welcome in Kyoto: the start of 京町家AIR2014

The 京町家AIR2014 (kyo-machiya Artist in Residence 2014) kicked off on May 23rd with a welcome party at the Anewal Gallery. ‘t Japans Cultureel Centrum (JCC) and the Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration (KCCC), with support of Tozai travel, organise this programme to promote cultural exchange between Japan and the Netherlands.

This summer Cesi Nolten and I are invited to stay in a kyo-machiya (an old townhouse) in Kyoto to experience Japanese life, the ‘machiya way’. Cesi is a visual and sound artist and will be collecting sounds to make a sound scape on Kyoto. I will be doing research on the preservation of the machiya way of life. On this blog I will be posting my experiences inside and outside the kyo-machiya. Both of our results will be presented at 18th – 20th of July here in Kyoto. More information will follow soon: save the date!


fotoIn the summer of 2014 Isjah Koppejan has been invited to Kyoto, Japan. While staying in a kyo-machiya (an old traditional townhouse) she will experience Japanese daily life with its’ cultural life and traditions from a different perspective.

During her travels to Japan, Isjah has been fascinated by both the ‘old’ and ‘new’ in Japanese culture and will focus on this during the residency. She will, on the one hand, study the recent developments surrounding the preservation and development of the kyo-machiya. And on the other hand, the recent trends and developments in Japan. By immersing herself into the daily life of Kyoto, interviewing residents and experts, and by living in a machiya firsthand, she will bring new challenges and opportunities for the preservation of the machiya‘s in the spotlight.

Isjah Koppejan works at the cutting edge of research, innovation and culture. She is currently working as a freelance consultant and researcher, and as a tutor and developer at ArtechLab of AKI ArteZ.

The 京町家AIR2014 is made possible by the generous support of ‘t Japans Cultureel Centrum (JCC) and Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration (KCCC).