Nurturing the arts

The FOIL gallery draws much attention in the Kyoto art scene. Its representatives are involved in gallery management and art publishing while also producing exhibitions for artists. In the following interview, FOIL’s director Mr. Takei talks about its activities:

1. Moving from Tokyo to Kyoto
Many investors in Japanese art are not from Japan. In that case, why do we have to stay in Tokyo? Kyoto has a special spirit and ambiance, with few tall buildings and a feeling of serenity. There are many galleries that make use of Kyoto machiya (townhouses), although these buildings tend to place physical limitations on exhibitions. So, I look for Kyoto venues with high ceilings that allow showings of large artworks.

2. Exhibitions in Kennin-ji (temple)
As a curator, I’ve been in charge of exhibitions at Kennin-ji for the past three or four years during Golden Week (Japan’s holiday season in early May). Thus far, I’ve produced exhibitions for Yoshitomo Nara, Rinko Kawauchi, and Syoin Kajii (whose works were just on display at the FOIL gallery during this interview). Since temple facilities must be carefully protected to avoid damage, we have to use our ingenuity when exhibiting artworks, which becomes an enjoyable challenge.

3. About Syoin Kajii
Mr. Kajii applied for the FOIL award in 2004, and I chose him. Our collaboration has continued since then. I was intrigued that he takes photos while serving in his vocation as a priest at Sado Island. Now I am his business manager, too, and have helped him publish four photography books already.

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New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Tea master
茶道家
Mizuura Mikuji
水占みくじ
Antique fair
東寺弘法市
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Ramen (Japanese soup noodles)
ラーメン
Asakusa
浅草
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Haarii
ハーリー
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Thailand
Summer Wars
Germany
STEINS;GATE
Japan
(Original)
Japan
Suite PreCure
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
FUJIKO F. FUJIO MUSEUM
manga master who “visualized” children’s dreams
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
Picks
楊枝
Wrapping
ラッピング
Japanese knives
包丁
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
RAMEN
ラーメン
SUSHI
寿司
KAISEKI
懐石
RICE CAKES
MANABU IKEDA
YAYOI KUSAMA
KOHEI NAWA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
MENBURYU
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
IAI
居合
KARATEDO
空手
SHODO
書道
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
e-Sports
e-Sports
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
SHOGI
SHOGI
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES