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  • Recap Kyo machiya AiR
  • Recap Kyo machiya AiR Recap Kyo machiya AiR

The Kyo machiya Artist in Residence gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in the machiya way of living, in the Kyoto way of life. During the residency I kept this blog to describe my experiences. In this period I visited in between 30- 40 machiya’s, from cafe’s to private residences, from office spaces to social businesses. Some perfectly preserved, some redeveloped in modern ways. Continue Reading

  • It takes a day
  • It takes a day It takes a day

For the Kyoto Machiya AiR exhibition 2014 I’ve made a short video about the destruction of a kyo-machiya.

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  • Kyoto Machiya AiR exhibition in Amsterdam
  • Kyoto Machiya AiR exhibition in Amsterdam Kyoto Machiya AiR exhibition in Amsterdam Kyoto Machiya AiR exhibition in Amsterdam

From October 11th untill 18th Cesi Nolten and I will present the results of our Kyomachiya Artist-in-Residence 2014 in ‘t Japans Cultureel Centrum in Amsterdam. The same exhibition was on show in Kyoto in July.

After staying in the Nishijin area in Kyoto between May-July we would like to share our experiences with you! Please find the details on the website of Japans Cultureel Centrum.

  • Taking action – the Kyoto way
  • Taking action – the Kyoto way Taking action – the Kyoto way Taking action – the Kyoto way

On August 5th I received an e-mail from one of the workshops’ participants, Dairik Amae. He’s an architect but also offers tea ceremonies in his traditional machiya in the north of Kyoto. One day he decided to dedicate the tea ceremony to a different cause:

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  • Co-creative workshop ‘Rethinking the future of machiya’
  • Co-creative workshop ‘Rethinking the future of machiya’ Co-creative workshop ‘Rethinking the future of machiya’ Co-creative workshop ‘Rethinking the future of machiya’ Co-creative workshop ‘Rethinking the future of machiya’

What I found out in this short period, in these two months, is that the people in and outside Kyoto are trying to save their cultural heritage in many different ways as best as they can. To give these people an extra boost in their amazing efforts to find new ways to save machiya’s I organized a co-creative workshop using design thinking to help each other to re-think the future of machiya’s.

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  • Mysteries and laser-precision at the Gion festival
  • Mysteries and laser-precision at the Gion festival Mysteries and laser-precision at the Gion festival

Fascinatingly, the Gion festival hides both centuries old mysteries and technical innovations. A month ago, one of these mysteries brought the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) to the Dutch town of Rijswijk.

 

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  • Park your car here
  • Park your car here Park your car here Park your car here Park your car here Park your car here

Most of the torn down machiya’s are turned into car parks. A lot of of these parking lots are empty though.

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  • The other way

What i like about living in another country is that it makes me question my own culture and way of thinking. Why do we do the things we do?

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Meanwhile in Japan

Meanwhile in Japan

During the last year I collected some of the articles I read on Japanese art and culture in a online magazine “Meanwhile in Japan”.

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  • A chat with Hiroshi Ishiguro
  • A chat with Hiroshi Ishiguro

At ATR I also talked with Hiroshi Ishiguro from HIL. He’s well-known, inside and outside of Japan for making humanoid robots, especially because of the robot he made as a copy of himself. I met with him, his Geminoid and also a Telenoid in his lab.

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