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
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?
2013-03-13 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?
225
14
15
Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Maid cafe
メイド喫茶
Sushi-go-round
回転寿司
Chopsticks
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Asakusa
浅草
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Public market
公設市場
International Avenue
国際通り
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Russia
Magic Knight Rayearth
Japan
Kinnikuman
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
Japan
Saint Seiya
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Japanese sake
日本酒
Tenugui (Japanese towels)
手拭
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
TEMPURA
天婦羅
RAMEN
ラーメン
KAISEKI
懐石
RICE CAKES
TABAIMO
YAYOI KUSAMA
TAKU OBATA
Nerhol
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
KARATEDO
空手
JUDO
柔道
NOH
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊