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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Ippon udon
一本饂飩
Zazen
坐禅
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Maid cafe
メイド喫茶
Food model
食品模型
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Shinjuku
新宿
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Mangroves
マングローブ
International Avenue
国際通り
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Utaki
御嶽
Russia
Magic Knight Rayearth
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
Japan
VOCALOID
Germany
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
I want to become Hello Kitty, the icon of Japan.
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Japanese sake
日本酒
Daruma
達磨
Japanese knives
包丁
ODEN
おでん
WASABI
山葵
WHISKY
ウイスキー
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
Nerhol
TAKU OBATA
MANABU IKEDA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
IAI
居合
KENDO
剣道
KYUDO
弓道
NOH
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
PLAY STATION
PlayStation