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
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.
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:
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.
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.