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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Ikkyu-ji Natto
一休寺納豆
Viewing Japanese gardens in Kyoto
日本庭園
Kyoto confectionary
京菓子
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Decorate anything
デコる
Hot spring spa
温泉
Manga cafe
マンガ喫茶
Character bento
キャラ弁
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Shinjuku
新宿
Yakatabune
屋形船
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Mango
マンゴー
Mangroves
マングローブ
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Denmark
Super Mario Bros.
Japan
Inu x Boku SS
Japan
Dekirukana
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
VACUUM TUBE HEADPHONES
a key item to bridge dreams and reality
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
Wrapping
ラッピング
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Department store basement
デパ地下
RICE CAKES
SOBA
蕎麦
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
RAMEN
ラーメン
TABAIMO
KOHEI NAWA
TAKU OBATA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SANJA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
MENBURYU
SADO
茶道
NOH
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KARATEDO
空手
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
e-Sports
e-Sports
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR