Draw the Circle Installation- A Kojima Shouten x Miz Tsuji collaboration
Something I truly love about Kyoto is its creative community which is made up of wonderful individuals who come from various disciplines. For instance, at a party in Kyoto, you may find a fashionable monk mingling with a graffiti artist, a barista, a creative-director, and a ceramist. It may be a mish mash, but we all share the same goal of ‘preserving tradition while moving forward’. I love being part of this creative community and I’m constantly in awe of how special and talented it is.
Takimoto Mikiya Exhibition-Chaos 2020
This is going to be a rather short and quick post, but I wanted to make sure I got this up here before the exhibition ended. Yesterday, finally, we got to visit the annual Kyotographie exhibition. Well when I say visit, we managed to visit ONE of the many amazing photography exhibitions held under the Kyotographie umbrella courtesy of Lucielle Reyboz and Yusuke Nakanishi.
The couple mentioned to me last week that every year putting on what is the biggest photography exhibition in Japan is a challenge but this year because of the pandemic, it was an exceptionally hard (and a nightmare-ish) year… as any events/gig organizer could imagine. Usually the event is held in spring but this year it was the first year it was held in autumn. I love autumn so no complaints from me. We could imagine it would have been a nightmare to reschedule everything, one would just give up but the city is so grateful they didn’t. Thank you for brining beauty to Kyoto when we all needed it.
Of course, most of their exhibitions are thought provoking and fascinating but one that particularly caught my eye was the one held by commercial photographer Takimoto Mikiya. As well as being an active commercial photographer with a lot of his work being published in famous magazines, Takimoto still manages to find time to work on his personal work.
This time his work is titled ‘Chaos 2020’ and the theme is ‘snow’ which works perfectly with the exhibition location Myoman-ji, as the temple is known for its beautiful snow garden in winter. The photos are all taken from a birds eye view. Some of his work reminded me of an old ink painting and some of his other work felt a bit more futuristic and ‘cosmic’. Conclusion: I loved all of his work.
If you are located in Kyoto or Japan I definitely recommend you find the time to visit. The exhibition ends this Sunday (October 18th). For more information visit Kyotographie
WORDS: Sara Aiko
PHOTOS: Sara Aiko
Shigemori Mirei Museum-Timeless Modernity
“That light hanging from the ceiling was given to my grandfather by Noguchi Isamu.” That’s Mitsuaki-san, casually name-dropping as he pointed at the beautiful round light hanging from the ceiling. As we sat seiza position in an old Edo period house in the middle of a Kyoto summer, it felt like the room was 100 degrees and a waterfall of sweat was forming underneath my face mask… However, I was happy to be in that gorgeous tatami mat-floored room surrounded by legacy and creativity.