Artisans’ Row

Ajiki Roji is a 100-year-old nagaya (traditional housing complex) shared by a collective of young Kyoto craftsmen. After selection through omiai (“match-making” meeting), ateliers and shops joined the complex and the artists live there. (Roji usually means “back alley,” but in Kyoto, it refers to a private pathway through the premises.) In this interview, several resident artists from Daruma Shokai discuss their participation:

1. What is Daruma Shokai?
We create vibrant artwork using a combination of writing brushes and computer graphics. We design anything from kimono, partitions and sliding door paintings to the exterior of train cars.

2. Working process
The director takes a job, does research and prepares material for design. The painter works freely within the boundaries set by the director. Then the director checks the work to make sure that the design meets the client’s intentions.

3. Why Ajiki Roji?
We were looking for a space where two of us could work and live. We chose this place because it is close to the entertainment district so we could have the direct influence of Kyoto culture.

2013-02-19 04:13:11
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2013-03-13 03:25:32
素晴らしい日本の美術 wonderful Japanese art. ARTISANS’ ROW: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Artisans’ Row of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
2013-03-21 04:14:27
Japan is cool beyond describing! And this is fabbie. ARTISANS’ ROW: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Artisans’ Row of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
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Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
銭湯表現
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Machiya bars
京町家の夜
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Jinrikisha(Rickshaw)
人力車
Decorate anything
デコる
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Shinjuku
新宿
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美ら海水族館
Haarii
ハーリー
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Japan
Inu x Boku SS
China
Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi
Netherland
Odin Sphere
Japan
VOCALOID
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
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a key item to bridge dreams and reality
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達磨
Kimono
着物
TEMPURA
天婦羅
WHISKY
ウイスキー
RICE CAKES
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
Nerhol
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
KOHEI NAWA
MANABU IKEDA
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
NEBUTA MATSURI