Naramachi Art Project




September 3 to October 23
An art project that allows visitors appreciating artworks as they explore Naramachi, letting patrons feel history from the Edo to the Meiji periods (17th century to the early 20th century).
There will be art installations and workshops related to the traditions and history of this area.
[Participating Artists]
Daisuke Kuroda, SISYU, Nozomi Tanaka, Yoshinari Nishio, Ichiro Okada, Kazune Hayashi, Aiko Miyanaga.


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    Warehouse in Kitafuro-cho / Aiko Miyanaga

    The warehouse of a dye shop which operated from the Taisho to the mid-Showa Era (early to mid 20th century) in the town of Kitafuro. The wall, made in a way that permits wind to constantly goes through in order to dry dyed rolls of cloth and threads, is now covered by beautiful ivy. It is worth seeing.
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    Higashijodo-cho Kaisho (Okuninushi-no-mikoto Shrine) / Daisuke Kuroda

    This site is used as a meeting place for the town of Higashijodo. There also is the Okuninushi-no-mikoto Shrine that the town worships. The works will mainly be exhibited at the building which was formerly one of the previous homes of Tsubai Elementary School.
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    Chintakureifu Shrine / Yoshinari Nishio

    The shrine located in the Town of Inyo was protected by the many yin-yang masters who resided there and had the permission of Edo Period (17th to mid-19th century) governments to publish these calendars. The shrine stands on the top of a hill. It is said that viewing the North Star from in front of the shrine is optimal, and for making an almanac, necessary.
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    Nara Orient-kan / Nozomi Tanaka

    Nara Orient-kan was a townhouse used to operate a rice wholesale. In late 1980s, it exhibited Persian goods and products as a private resource center, “Nara Orient-kan”. Now, it has re-opened and includes a tea room, antenna shop and live performance bar. The artwork will be exhibited in the warehouse where the wholesale operation stored wheat.
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    Naramachi Nigiwai-no-ie (Naramachi Traditional House) / Ichiro Okada and Kazune Hayashi

    Nigiwai-no-ie is a townhouse built by an antiques dealer in 1917. The house is comprised of a tea ceremony room, a large 15 tatami size zashiki room, a gold leaf covered alter room, decorated fusuma sliding doors and other areas. The space formation and design shows some of the owner’s taste. Currently, the house is a space emitting the goodness of a townhouse with the concept of Nijushi-Sekki (a traditional Asian calendar that divided a year into 24 seasons) and the culture of daily life. Artworks will be exhibited throughout the house.
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    Back alley of Kunodo-cho / Yoshinari Nishio

    A vacant lot where kimono fabrics were dealt from Edo to the beginning of Showa Era (17th to early 20th century). Currently, stores made from remodeled town houses line the south side of the alley connected to the back of the lattice door. Like many deep premises in Naramachi, there is a wide space where the warehouse remains can be found at the very end of the alley. Using this space, I will conduct workshops, produce and exhibit artworks.
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    Imanishike Shoin / SHISYU

    Imanishike Shoin is the remains of a Shoin-zukuri style building of the early Muromachi Era (14th century) and designated as an important national cultural asset. It was originally the house of the Fukuchi-in family who were in charge of caring for and assisting at the Daijoinge (branch temple) of Kohfukuji Temple, and the Imanishi family, a sake brewer, took over in the Taisho Era (early 20th century).
    The artwork will be exhibited mainly in Shoin-no-ma room and part of the yard. (Admission fee required)