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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Modern jikatabi
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Suguki pickles
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Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
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Food model
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Electrical goods store
家電量販店
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温泉
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Tokyo Station
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スクランブル交差点
Edo kiriko
江戸切子
Yakatabune
屋形船
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Shiisaa
シーサー
Ryukyu Karate
琉球空手
Utaki
御嶽
Japan
Suite PreCure
Japan
Kiki's Delivery Service
Italy
One Piece
Japan
VOCALOID
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
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OTAKU CAMERA
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super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
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VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
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Japanese sake
日本酒
Kimono
着物
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
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デパ地下
WASABI
山葵
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
RAMEN
ラーメン
SUSHI
寿司
TABAIMO
YAYOI KUSAMA
Nerhol
MANABU IKEDA
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
MENBURYU
NEBUTA MATSURI
SHODO
書道
KYUDO
弓道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
SADO
茶道
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
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