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New style of traditional wood work "MURAYAMA MOKKO"
The other day, I went to see a Sashimonoshi(Traditional cabinetmaker) Mr. Shinichi Murayama.He makes beautiful woodworks without nails. And His company "MURAYAMA MOKKO" makes huge interior using 3D Kumiko Zaiku technique(Kumiko Zaiku is like a wooden super fine muntin).This technique has been used in Japanese architecture only.But Murayama Mokko uses this technique for western hotel and chapel and makes a beautiful decoration like huge wooden artwork.So cool.For the big work, they use a few hundred thousand parts to build it by using hand one by one.This work above photo becomes photo below.An artisan using a thread saw.The photo below is a wooden lamp used thread sawed parts.It takes enormous time to make these 3D great works.Not many artisans can make these.Mr. Murayama says "Designers ask me tall orders that other artisans would refuse. But I would take any difficult orders. I love challenging, it's fun. And That is the chance for us to show our skills. "I think Murayama Mokko is our hope to pass our tradition wood work to the next generations.From small things to huge things any Kumiko woodwork you can ask them to make it.Check their website to see more works. --------株式会社 村山木工 MURAYAMA MOKKOhttps://www.mu-wood.com/20 Kamenoko, Higae-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi075-853-0481
Art craft music fes "Tsukuru Mori"
In Autumn we have a lot of events in Keihoku.So let me introduce an art craft music event "Tsukuru Mori" on September 22nd(Sun) and 23(Mon).It is created by local artisans, craftsmen, and musicians. Connecting people inter-locally by creating this event.Many Catering booths where you can taste local foods like gibier, organic foods.And You can join craft and music workshops. Find artworks in the forest.Listen to many kinds of world music on stage.You can enjoy Until 10 pm on 22nd. You can stay over on 22nd by camp field costs just 500 yen.It's gonna be super fun.I'm excited about it. Let's create "Tsukuru mori" together!Don't miss it.--------◎Tsukuru Mori Date : September 22nd(Sun) and 23(Mon).Place：Awl Keihoku Address: 2 Toridani, Shimonaka-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shiWebsite: https://www.tsukurumori.com/Facebook： ツクル森アート・クラフト・世界の音楽会
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Erba kobo guesthouse
In recent years, farmhouse guesthouses have increased in Keihoku. So you can experience and enjoy deep rural Japan in Keihoku.Among them, "Erba Kobo guesthouse" is one of the most distinctive.At Erba Kobo guesthouse is like a modern art gallery in nature. The owner Mr. Hagiwara self-built this place, and used to run a cafe gallery where you could see his and his wife Toshiko-san's artworks and also could have a nice pizza.The bedroom on the second floor looks like this. There 2 rooms for a relaxing space.(You can sleep on a sofa bed if you want.)This guest house is not only accommodation but also as a rental space with a kitchen, it is perfect for people who want to party in nature.The guests were having a BBQ party when I visited there. (BBQ facilities are free to use.) Mr. Hagiwara and Toshiko-san love dogs, so pets are also welcome.She also has a pet salon dedicated to small dogs, so you can also ask for a dog's haircut.Of course, you can see their artworks at the guesthouse.Toshiko-san is a felt artist and she makes cool hats, scarfs, brooches and other things.Mr. Hagiwara is very talented. He is an iron artist and a potter, and he used to make race push bikes and other things. They exude an exquisite atmosphere.I love these laid back old man series.Actually, I thinking to get one of them.They are taking a cynical attitude toward the world and saying "I don't care what's going on in this world, And I go my way. "They gave up from secular society and now at the state of enlightenment.That, I felt like this by looking at them.Actually, the model of those works is Mr. Hagiwara.This wood stove is also made by Mr. Hagiwara. He is planning to offer iron and pottery making deep learning 2 days workshop.In the pottery workshop, He shows you how to make miniature pottery kiln and next day you can create pottery using own kiln. If you participate in the workshop, you will get own kiln and you can become a potter.I really love to participate in this workshop."Recently, a lot of nice ideas come to mind, and I'm trying to make it happen. This guest house can be used in various ways, please feel free to contact us" Mr. Hagiwara says.And the price is quite reasonable.Please see the details below for details.It's not well known yet, so I think I can now make a reservation on my favorite day.----------Erba kobo guesthouse090-7112-229231-9 Hazamadan Keihoku Shimoyuge, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto Cityfacebook https://www.facebook.com/erbakoubou/?ref=py_cHP https://erbakoubou.eyado.net/ Accommodation fee¥ 5,000 per person per night (from 2 persons)Whole building rental From ¥26,000.Small dog 500 per nightMedium-sized dog 1,000per night※ Meals are self-catering.They can prepare a simple breakfast if you want.Rental space (approximately 10 people available)9:00 to 18:00 8,000 yen18: 00-22: 00 5,000 yen9: 00-22: 00 12,000 yen
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Keihoku Craft Series ⑤ "GENTA YASUI ART LAB."
I introduced Keihoku Atelier crawl in this blog before, so I visited an atelier while the event period.The atelier I visited is Genta Yasui Art LAB. Mr. Yasui's original artworks were exhibited in the atelier. You can see the graphics resin that drawn on acrylic. I was getting into his mysterious art world. ??What do you think these are? Actually, these are rings.Wait, all shapes are not ring. Can I call them ring?They are completely beyond the concept of my image of rings.I thought these are uncomfortable to wear.So I tried one of them.!"wow! it is pretty comfortable!"I asked him how it can be so comfortable even this strange shape."I make these rings based on anatomy" he answered.Well, that's why I feel comfortable.Moreover, when the rings are not worn, it is also cool as a room ornament. These skulls are also rings.Honesty, skulls are not my type, they are kinda scary for me.But Mr. Yasui's skulls are beautiful somehow. Maybe because of anatomy based work. Such a cute piece too. Mr. Yasui focuses on capturing the beauty in the dark and expressing it into his artwork. This is Mr. Yasui with his daughter.He works not only with jewelry and artworks but also with collaboration with local artisans.By the way, on this day I asked him to adjust my wedding ring.He is very friendly, so please feel free to contact him.He would make something beyond your imagination.-----------YASUI GENTA ART LAB.http://gentayasui.com/
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Enjoy spring by making flower wreath
Spring flowers and wild herbs are coming out in Satoyama Keihoku.feels so good.My wife participated in a flower wreath making workshop by Taphy Nosse of the other day in Keihoku.Her new wreath is looking pretty good.Our room got to be stylish by hanging the wreath on the wall.On a fine day After a few days from the wreath workshop.My wife has suddenly disappeared from the house. But she was in the house just 10mins before.Then our Kids started crying... where did she go?I went finding her around my house with a bit irritated feeling.She popped out of the bush. And she said that"I learned how to collect the material for making wreaths on the workshop. So I am picking herbs and flowers. I'm so lucky getting these pretty plants for free! Keihoku is awesome!! This is a pile of treasures!!After that, my wife was diligently drying the harvested plants, with her eyes shining.By looking at plants,I would think ,"Well, it's time I have to cut grass soon " like that.But she would think,"Wow, heaps of treasures here and there"Humans are interesting. Things can be changed by how we looking at.With this stiation, she is diffineately happy type.This is the wreath artist Taphy Nosse.Taphy told me "I want people to feel the deep beauty of shadow not just light on surface, and vitality of nature and plants from my wreath. "She has an exhibition at mumokuteki goods & wears Kyoto shop from May 18th to 31st.Please check her exhibition and feel deep beauty and vitality. ---------Taphy Nosse exhibition「Ring a ring O vol.2」5/18(Sat)-31(Fri)mumokuteki goods & wears Kyoto shop
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Welcome to the forest of craft
There is craft exhibition and sale "Keihoku forest crafts" from May 3rd to 6 th.Six craftmen are joining this exhibition and I introduce one of them for this time.I visited "atelier kiku" the other day.She makes western style potteries. She likes warm taste of potteries and trying to make them harmany with antiques.(Western dishware is china (used crashed stone) in General.)I like her works that are very gentle. I asked her about the exhibition's PR point.She said "There are many craftsmen in Keihoku. I would be very happy if you can feel the joy of creation and the vibes of nature from the our various works."Please come and have look the exhibition and find your favorite!ーーーーーー◎Keihoku forest craftsPeriod: Friday, May 3, Saturday on the 4th, Sunday on the 5th and Monday on the 6thPlace: Woody Keihoku Inquiries: Eureka 090-5098-1514.(Participating craftsmen)Eureka instagram.com/eureka.woodwork.Atelier Senta http://k-senta.com/atelier kiku https://atelier-kiku.jimdo.com/Wood craft KAJIAtelier Chie (Natural plant dyeing)BE-BLESS
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Keihoku atelier crawl
This year we have 10 days holiday from April 27th to May 6th in Japan.It's called Golden week. The scenery of satoyama is changing to summer version.New leaves are coming out in the forest and farmers are planting rice for this time of year.The rice fields are filled with water and farmers plant rice.Full of young leaves in the forest.How about visiting the atelier while being surrounded by such lush greenery?There are many artists and craftsmen in Keihoku.Eight artists and craftsmen open their atelier and cafe on May 3rd to 5th. They make stained glass works, wood works, felt works, iron works, pottery stone works.Each atelier has own unique style so would be nice to visit several places. And you can join craft making workshops at their atelier.Keihoku has large area same area as Osaka. It's recommended to visit ateliers by car or bus or bike.Actually, and I Jumped the gun and joined a stained glass workshop the other day. It's so fun to make own original craft, only one in the world.Please visit ateliers and join the workshops. ------ Keihoku Atelier crawlMay 3rd (Fri), 4th (Sat), 5th (Sun), 10:00 AM to 5:30 PMhttps://www.facebook.com/ateliermeguri
Rough kobo cafe & Gallery 360
Don't you wanna forget about busy city life and refresh in a quiet place?If your answer is "Yes"There is a magical cafe in Keihoku."Rough kobo cafe & gallery 360"The cafe gallery is surrounded by nature and its atmosphere is very relaxing and a bit luxury.The owner Mr. Mimura is specialized in woodworking and Ms. Mimura is specialized in Natural plant dyeing.In the gallery, you can have a look their handmade wonderful works such as wooden furniture, small wooden works, natural dyeing clothings, other local artisan's works, and antiques, etc.And of course, you can have coffee there in the cafe with great interior and cool garden.A visitor from NY said."If we have this cafe in NY, it gets so popular and needed to book 2 months in advance to have lunch."Better to visit there on a weekday it's quieter.They have spring gallery exhibition from April 6th to May 6th.You can order a special meal(1300JPY) or hot sand(1000JPY) and cafe drinks.Why don't you come and relax in Keihoku? Rough kobo cafe&Gallery３６０Postal code 601-02765-1 Shimosakoda, Nishi-cho, Keihoku, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shiTEL＆FAX：075－852-1152http://rough-360.com/