"Artist in residence (AIR)" is a support system to housing artists, scholars and curators, etc. for a region promorting and an interchange of people by using the effects of art on society.
The basic idea is 4 steps. "live" ⇒ "create" ⇒ "present" ⇒ "communicate." And the purpose is to output the artists’ activities to the public by the support system and spread this circulation continuously in the area.
However, I can welcome you by a different purpose even if you create nothing.
Also I am a member of "Res Artis" of an association of over 650 centers, organizations and individuals in over 70 countries.
This house is a traditional kyo-machiya, that is an over 100-year-old historical building, which Kyoto city government has certificated.
This house had been a guest house and art gallery for 12 years until 2018. But Japanese law and regulations for accommodations of Kyoto city were revised in 2018, so this building was not authorized as a guest house. We closed our guest house and chose a different way to use this interesting old house, as a residence for artists. It is because we received lots of comments that many artists enjoyed staying here for the past 12 years.
We are planning to renovate another old traditional house as a new art studio, which is located 2-minute-walk from here.
As this old house was built in a time when Japan was not rich yet, the inside structure is simple and minimal. One of the artists who stayed here gave me a review that he felt something like Zen by being in this simple and minimal space, this simple lifestyle that seems comfortable after he got used to it, and the pure beauty in it, and he seemed to be able to have new inspirations.
Such an experience is just one example, but it would be pleasure if you can experience the Japanese traditional life which is being lost little by little even now in Kyoto and feel something from them.
We welcome people who can enjoy the experience of a different culture lifestyle.
The Okazaki area where this house (facility) is located is a cultural and artistic zone that represents Kyoto.
With the Okazaki Park facing the hydrophobic moat as the core, the Kyoto National Museum of Art, Kyoto City Museum of Art, Kyoto City Museum of Art Annex, Hosomi Museum of Art, Kansai Art Academy (kanbi.org), Kyoto city Theater (Rohm theater), Prefectural Library, Industrial Hall (Traditional Industry Museum), Zoo, Shrine and Buddhist temples and many scenic spots will be lined up to help a wide variety of arts and creative activities of you, and will help you change your thinking (mind).
I had been a super host of Airbnb when I was a host of this guesthouse until 2018, therefore I will be able to support your residency life well. I'd like to make the most out of that work experience even now.
As we have just opened a new studio (atelier) with trial and error, we have not given you enough concrete information yet. So if you have inquiries or requests, feel free to contact me anytime. Especially, advance inquiries are helpful in the future to improve the facility.
・Air conditioning for heating and cooling
・Electric carpet for heating in winter
・Wi-Fi (without a rental PC)
・Low table and seat
・Futon (Japanese bed & sheet)
And bonsai :-)
・Body soap, shampoo & treatment
※Sheet and towel are changed weekly, but if you want a fresh one
During your stay, please wash it by yourself.
・IH cooking heater
・Knife, kettle, pot, pan, cups, plates, spoons etc.…
(No toaster, so please heat some bread by the pan)
・Laundry time is from 4pm to 11pm
・Fee for use is ¥200~300 for one time
・Please use it for less than 6kg laundry
(Using more may cause a breakdown)
¥300 per day (It’s old)
¥100 per day for a studio user
・After booking, I will send an e-mail you the consent beforehand.
・At Check-in, please sign on the rental agreement.
・Also, I will take a copy of your passport. (Sorry to trouble you)
You will need to have an interest in Japanese lifestyle, old houses and tatami mats, and a certain understanding the house rules.
Ideally, you will need to speak English or Japanese. ( or a communicate easy person.)
You will need to be attentive to other residents and keep your area clean. (So not suitable for children)
You will be in contact the day of check-in and the day before arrival, Please specify the time of check-in between 4pm and 8pm.
As this facility is not a hotel in accordance with the rules, you will be responsible for yourself and for the property.
＊Although it’s possible to issue some document by a written for any grant application, as for that procedure please do an action yourself. You will need to apply for any grant funding yourself.
As for grants available, please check a public offering.
Please pay in cash at check-in, or in bank transfer until check-in.
※ Depending on the reservation status, you may be asked to make a deposit (10% or more) in advance.
E.g. if a passport, ID card or Facebook URL, etc. isn't presented beforehand.
2 min-walk from Fukujuso
However, the studio still being renovated
Current condition will be updated on my Facebook page.