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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Zazen
坐禅
Aburi-mochi
あぶり餅
Kyoto Streetcar
嵐電
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Idol
アイドル
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デコる
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
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ラーメン博物館
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
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リゾートビーチ
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Haarii
ハーリー
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Italy
Sengoku Muso
France
The Royal Doll Orchestra
Japan
VOCALOID
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BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
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SPACE BROTHERS
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KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
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OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
Metal tableware
金属食器
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Cosmetics
化粧品
SIRI SIRI
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ODEN
おでん
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
RICE CAKES
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
TABAIMO
MANABU IKEDA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
Nerhol
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
IAI
居合
KARATEDO
空手
KYUDO
弓道
SADO
茶道
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
PLAY STATION
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e-Sports
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FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
GAME CREATOR
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