A very rewarding and inspirational residency that I have attended so far, not just in my own artistic development but the overall experience and the connection with people.
Shiro Oni Studio is situated in an ambience small town, Onishi 鬼石, closely surrounded by nature and heartwarming people. The Group 1 residency started on May 2- June 13, I started 2 weeks later due to my work schedule.
All the international artists are staying under one roof in a 3 stories house with a freshly start out vegetable garden and chicken barn. The town’s major places like supermarket, hardware shop, drug store, post office, bank, convenience shop, city hall and hot spring bath are all easily accessible on bicycle. The big stores are all outside town which is pretty hard to reach without car as the bus schedule is not that frequent, but we have very helpful locals who brought us around.
There are 4 studio spaces, the Kinuya, Kotoriya, Shiro Oni Studio and the latest Juuichiya, as well as, a wood workshop and the kerosene kiln. All of them are all within 5 minutes distance on bicycle and we have the freedom to use them at any time.
Shiro Oni Studio, I was working and exhibiting at the 2nd floor of Shiro Oni Studio.
Besides the residency, there are many other activities and workshops going on in this town. During my stay, there was lamp making workshop, sushi making workshop, visit the Hosokawa paper factory, doll making exhibition, tea ceremony, swimming in river, Taiko (drum) practice, Biwa (traditional Japanese music instrument) performance, BBQ and the Karaoke session.
Equestrian Club, Tuesday & Thursday 4pm
Biwa Performance by Kenji Mizoguchi
Flea Market, Sunday, 6am onwards